- History of Leeds Morris men
History of Leeds Morris men
Leeds Morris Men have been dancing for over 60 years.
The club was founded by a group of Leeds University lecturers and research students in 1950 as part of the University Folk Dance Club and grew steadily through the 1950s
with a lot of men joining the team. During that decade the club started the Dales Tour.
During the 1960s
the club went through lean times with some of the key people in the club moving away. The club however continued to organise and take part in the annual Dales Tour which continues to be an annual reunion between all members of the club.
In the 1970s
the club recruited a large number of men. This growth in numbers continued through the 1980s
2012 saw the 60th Diamond Dales Tour.
The Dales Tour
The highlight of the year for Leeds Morris men remains the tour of the Yorkshire Dales, which has taken place every year without a break from 1953 . The Saturday tour has always been based mainly in Airedale and Malhamdale, but the focus of the Monday tour has changed over the years from only visiting Wharfedale, to then also visiting Wensleydale. The Monday tour always begins at 10.00 am in Kettlewell, and the first dance is always The Rose from Field Town. Nowadays this dance is performed in remembrance of all Leeds Morris men who have now passed on.
If you would take up Morris dancing there are many teams across the UK (and internationally) who dance a range of different morris styles. You can search for teams in your local area here https://sidefinder.heusos.co.uk/map.php
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