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Teaching Morris and Maypole in Primary Schools

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 summary.

Video recording of talk

Recording of a Morris Federation talk on “Teaching Morris and Maypole in Primary Schools” by Barry Goodman and Virginia Crewe held on Zoom on 21 February 2024.

The video lasts for 1 hour 12 minutes.



Our hosts will take you through some of their experiences of teaching morris and maypole to primary school age children, including warmups, and answer your questions on how you too can go about it.

Barry will speak first for about 20 minutes or so, then we’ll take Q&A.  Followed by Virginia for about 20 minutes and Q&A.

Additional resources

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Speaker biography

Barry was a Primary School Headteacher, has taught Morris Dancing in a number of schools, headed up the Hertfordshire Folk Dance Festival (Schools Folk Dance) throughout the 1990s and currently leads workshops on Morris, Maypole and Folk Dance with Primary School-age children.  He is also a folk singer, songwriter and musician, ex-member of Redbornstoke Morris and The Outside Capering Crew, as well as a past-President of the Morris Federation!  Find out more at Barry’s web site:

Virginia (Gin) Crewe has been involved with folk music from an early age, and with morris dance since 1976, specifically north west processional, step clog and maypole.  Currently Squire of Malkin Morris and musician for Royal Preston Morris Dancers.  Prior to retirement she was an assistant secondary head, and founded and taught secondary school morris and step teams throughout the 80s and 90s, travelling abroad and around England with them. With Malkin Morris she researched and published “The Dance Goes On: NW processional Morris around Pendle” giving history, notation and music of local dances around NE Lancashire, also available online, and she is currently researching maypole dances for the same area.  Malkin Morris delivers 30-40 workshops a year to school children.

Sue Allonby is a storyteller and ex morris dancer and is accompanying Virginia to share her ideas about warmups for children.


  • Title: Teaching Morris and Maypole in Primary Schools
  • Speakers: Barry Goodman and Virginia Crewe
  • Facilitator: Pauline Woods-Wilson
  • Type: talk
  • Date of talk: 21 Feb 2024
  • Date page published: 8 Mar 2024

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