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Who we are & our history

Who we are

The Morris Federation is an association of self-governing morris teams, established in 1975.  We are the UK’s largest association of morris and traditional dance teams.

Our Aims

Our aims are:

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a) To encourage and promote morris and related activities, for anyone who wants to participate or to spectate, and where all feel safe, welcomed, and respected.

b) To provide a channel of communication between member sides.

c) To encourage the improvement of standards of dancing and related activities among its members.

Any morris team which agrees with these aims is welcome to apply to join as a Group Member. Other clubs performing related activities may also be admitted, provided they, too, accept these aims. There is also an Individual category for anyone wishing to maintain a personal contact, whether or not they are part of a team/side.

Being a federation, much reliance is placed upon membership participation in order for it to function fully. Sides are invited to host events, and all members of The Morris Federation are encouraged to submit items for publication in the FedExtra newsletter and to help in the task of furnishing the Archives and Library with material.  Find out more about the benefits of becoming a member.

Our people

Meet our current Committee and past Committee.

Who we are a member of

The Morris Federation is one of three organisations in the UK that supports morris and traditional dance teams. We come together as the Joint Morris Organisations (JMO).

The Morris Federation is a member of: The English Folk Dance & Song Society (EFDSS), The Association of Festival Organisers (AFO), and One Dance UK.

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Our History

For a short history, see Our History

Last updated: December 2023

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