WILD WOOD MORRIS
Morris Dancing is a traditional English form of folkdancing, performed by groups of men or women.
Morris Dancing has been danced for hundreds of years, and passed down through the generations in the villages of rural England. The dancing is very lively and accompanied by noisy band with a drum.
Morris dancers wear different clothes depending on the part of the country in which they dance. They are often dressed in white with colored baldrics (colored belts) across their chests. Border Morris Dancers generally wear 'tatter jackets' and black their faces - probably originating as a form of disguise.
Wild Wood Morris is the premier Border Morris team from Long Beach, California. They perform dances from the English/Welsh border, a vigorous and lively dance style, especially compared to more traditional English Cotswold Morris dances.
There are usually six or eight dancers arranged in two lines or in a circle facing each other. The dancers may carry white handkerchiefs that they shake, or short sticks that they bang against each other as they dance. Some dancers have bell-pads tied at their knees, which make a loud and cheerful rhythm as they dance.