What are the Leeds Morris Men dances?

The Traditions We Dance

In the early days, Leeds Morris Men danced Longsword and Rapper as well as Cotswold Morris, but in recent decades the club has focused almost exclusively on the dances of the Cotswolds. We have tended to specialise in Sherborne, Field Town and Bledington.

Other traditions we have studied include Adderbury, Ascott-under-Wychwood, Badby, Bampton, Brackley, Bucknell, Ducklington, Headington, Hinton, Ilmington, Lichfield, Oddington and Wheatley. Over the years the side has taken the view that the distinguishing characteristics of the traditions become blurred if too many are attempted at once. We therefore usually dance between two and four traditions at any one time, changing about half of them each year.

We appoint a foreman to teach each tradition we study who then makes a detailed investigation of the available sources while preparing to teach the dances. Foremen usually produce detailed notes covering the provenance and sources for the dances. Members of other clubs interested in seeing these notes are invited to email contact@leedsmorris.org.uk

In 2013 we returned to Ascott under Wychwood, with a second year of Bampton and some individual dances from Ducklington, and also returning to a longsword dance. In the 2013/2014 season we are dancing Ascott under Wychwood, Stanton Harcourt and Adderbury.