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Morris Federation


The Morris Federation is an association of self-governing teams of morris dancers and related activities, which aims to: encourage and promote morris and related activities for anyone who wants to participate or to spectate; provide a channel of communication between member sides; encourage the improvement of standards of dancing and related activities among its members; and encourage an environment for morris and related activities where all feel safe, welcomed and respected.

The Morris Federation seeks to encourage all who are interested to experience the pleasure of morris dancing and related activities and to strive for the highest standard of which they are capable.

Fool's Gambit Morris photo
Oakenhoof Voluntary Arts
photo of Medlock Rapper
photo of Natty Jack
Seven Champions Molly Dancers
photo of TradMad Rapper
Goathland Plough Stots
New Esperance Morris
The Belles of London City
photo of Crook Morris
Maids of Barum, 1976
photo of Silkstone Greens
Fool's Gambit Morris
Belfagan Morris
Minster Strays
Hammersmith Morris
Oakenhoof Voluntary Arts
Mr Wilkins' Shilling
Beverley Garland
Medlock Rapper
Windsor Morris
Makara Morris
Five Rivers Morris
Natty Jack Longsword
Circassian Circle at the JMO day of dance in York, 2016
Seven Champions Molly Dancers
Rackaback Morris
TradMad Rapper
Mortimer's Morris
Girls who took part in the Abingdon Old English Revels, 1910
Bishop's Morris
Goathland Plough Stots
Somerset Morris
New Esperance Morris
Langport Mummers
Belles of London City
Crook Morris
Maids of Barum, 1976
Silkstone Greens
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Morris Dolls line up

What’s On (December 2021 onwards)

A round up of online talks, diary dates for dancing out, and in-case-you-missed-it recorded events. Online FedTalks in December Talk – “Coconut Dancing – more than just a Lancashire tradition”

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FedExtra Winter/Spring 2020

John Bacon remembered in words and pictures, Windsor Morris and Hook Eagle Morris both have appearances on TV, morris dancing also features on the TV programme ‘Dancing on Ice’, new team Barrel Border Morris starts up in Bude, Morris Federation publications now free to all members, an introduction to the Notation Library, an update on the MDDB, plus festivals, morris anniversaries, morris book reviews and more!

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Maids of Barum, 1976

Our history

While morris dancing would appear always to have been a predominantly male pursuit, it was never exclusively so. The idea of an organisation to provide information and moral support for these newly formed women’s sides was first mooted in 1973 and, following a period of informal contact, the Women’s Morris Federation was officially inaugurated in October 1975.

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Joint Morris Organisations’ Day of Dance 2016

The JMO Day of Dance is a collaborative event organised in turn by one of the three morris organisations in the UK – The Morris Federation, The Morris Ring, and Open Morris. The day of dance is a celebration of morris and traditional dancing held annually at a different location around the UK.

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