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The Nelson North West Processional Morris Dance

This page contains brief details about the video recording; the video (embedded in the page); an abstract for the talk; links to additional resources;  speaker biography and a summary.

Video recording of talk

Recording of a Morris Federation talk on “The Nelson North West Processional Morris Dance” held on Zoom on 10 January 2021. The #MorrisFedvideo lasts for 53 minutes.



Malkin Morris will teach a North West Processional Dance from Nelson, Lancashire: The Nelson Dance, as researched by Julian Pilling of Colne Royal Morris Men in 1962, from Nelson Spiritualists Church.

This  is a short, fairly active dance, and should be fully learned within the hour.  It looks more complex than it is.

  • Skill level: beginner/intermediate
  • Equipment required: 2 sticks with bells/wooden spoons/something similar to hold
  • Space: at least 2 square metres
  • Tune: “The Steamboat” in G (musicians welcome, although sorry,  you won’t be heard via Zoom)


  1. Brief introduction to the team history and origin of the dance research
  2. Practical session, warmup and learning the dance
  3. Q&A session.  

Additional resources

Links to related resources:

Speaker biography

Malkin Morris dance and research North West processional morris, step, and tunes from around Burnley, Pendle, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley, Lancashire.  They practice on Mondays in Roughlee or Barley.

Last year Malkin received a Lottery award to research, record, promote and preserve local North West morris dances, and published a booklet of over 20 dances, designed to be actively used: The Nelson Dance was found in the course of this research.


  • Title: The Nelson North West Processional Morris Dance 
  • Speaker: Virgina Crewe and Carol O’Reilly with musician Peter Crewe
  • Facilitator: Pauline Woods-Wilson
  • Type: dance
  • Date of talk: 10 January 2021
  • Date page published: 23 April 2023

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