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‘The Celebration’ North West dance

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Recording of a Morris Federation “The Celebration’ North West dance” by John Earnshaw held on Zoom on 4 April 2021. The #MorrisFedvideo lasts for 1 hour 19 minutes.



John Earnshaw of Wakefield Morris teaches ‘The Celebration” solo dance he devised. This workshop is for experienced North West Dancers who know how to polka/rant. This dance includes a quickly-changing sequence of walks, polkas/rants and kicks. You will need 2 short sticks (or wooden spoons).

See also the Isolation Instructional (17 mins): and Notation (PDF):

John wrote The Celebration in 2008 to give Wakefield Morris an option for when low numbers turned out, and it can be performed for one or more dancers. It contains many different North West steps and moves borrowed from other dances or created for variety. The music used will be The Gallopede, played and recorded by Liam Parker of Wakefield Morris and White Rose Morris Men.

Recorded at the Joint Morris Organisations Virtual Day of Dance online event via Zoom on 24th April 2021, held during the Coronavirus pandemic.

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  • Title: ‘The Celebration’ North West dance
  • Speaker: John Earnshaw
  • Facilitator: Pauline Woods-Wilson
  • Type: dance
  • Date of talk: 4 April 2021
  • Date page published: 2 May 2023

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