As if there aren’t enough Morris dances in the world already, it is common for Morris teams to “invent” dances based on the style of existing dance traditions. Thelwall, in this respect, is no exception and the team has worked together to generate a suite of dances which we believe to be interesting/impressive to watch and fun to dance.
There are currently 6 dances in the Thelwall repertoire which we tend to call our own. Most of them are direct extensions of existing dances, which have been developed by the side.
There is, of course, another dance that is “exclusive” to Thelwall and that is the Statham
Morris Dance. The style is very distinctive, the stepping, figures and kit deriving from North-West
Morris, while soft shoes, as for Cotswold, are worn. It is danced with very large
handkerchiefs. The dance is now performed by Thelwall Morris Men as often as possible; if
dancers’ availability permits it is danced at the annual Lymm Rushbearing Ceremony.
Statham Morris: Notes from a collectors diary and also the dance notation.
A "Thelwall Dances" supplement to the Morris "Black Book" can be downloaded from our publications page.
The style of dancing by Thelwall Morris Men is something that has evolved over the 40 years of our existence and will undoubtedly continue to evolve. We pride ourselves on performing a wide range of different traditions and dancing each of them in a distinctive manner. As well as our unique dances, a number of the dances have developed variations from those normally practiced by other sides or as notated in the ‘Black Book’ (A handbook of Morris Dances by Lionel Bacon).
A set of Dancing Notes made by the foreman (as of 2013) captures style of the team at that time, as far as is practical. These notes will be made accessible on the publications page soon.
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