The History of Morris Dancing

Illustration of William Kempe Morris dancing from London to Norwich in 1600.

Illustration of William Kempe Morris dancing from London to Norwich in 1600.

The topic of our next meeting, on 29 June, is The History of Morris Dancing, with Julian Whybra.

Julian Whybra is a very well respected speaker and has been much enjoyed by our members in recent years.

Coupled with a long history, we shall be truly entertained by the earliest known and surviving English written mention of Morris dance, which is dated 1448. While the earliest records invariably mention ‘Morys’ in a court setting, and a little latter in the Lord Mayors’ Processions in London, it had adopted the nature of a folk dance performed in the parishes by the mid 17th century.

We should be well entertained and learn a lot about the history of this form of entertainment which is so much a part of the current English folk scene.

Please do join us. Non-members are very welcome. The Society meets in myplace in Harold Hill – for information about how to find us, click here.