Our new Display Dance Co-ordinators Malcolm Major and Charlotte Dover have put together a stellar array of dance teams for this year.
The British Isles has rich and diverse range of dance traditions, including everything from Cotswold, Border and North West Morris to Clog Stepping, Appalachian, Cornish and Rapper. FolkWeek showcases many of these styles in Processions, “Chance To Meets” and displays around the town and along the seafront, and special events held throughout the week at a number of venues, plus Dance Spectaculars in Connaught Gardens and Blackmore Dance Marquee.
Sunday is a busy day for dance, as we showcase the ever-increasing standard of jig dancing in the John Gasson Jig Competition, the Esplanade fills with welcome day-visiting dance teams from around the country, and the popular Sidmouth Horse Trials return. An all-comers event for Hobby Horses, Unicorns, Goats, Morris animals and other Beasts of Disguise. Canter along to the Hub for a bit of horseplay!
Morris Wednesday will feature a fancy-dress themed evening of fun and games hosted by the World Famous Hammersmith Morris Men and guests. Watch this space for further details.
The Year Turns Round Again: an original dance show inspired by the cycle of the seasons. Morris dancers, contemporary dancers and folk musicians will come together over the course of the week to create a new performance telling a story through dance and song. Choreography by Ben Moss (Hammersmith Morris Men, Morris Offspring) and music direction from Hazel Askew (The Askew Sisters, Lady Maisery).
There will be a range of dance workshops catering for a range of abilities and including Cotswold, Border, Rapper, Molly, North West, Flatfooting, Lancashire Clog, Cornish, Appalachian and dancing with flags and bones. Lucy Wright presents her research on the fascinating subject of Girls’ Carnival Morris: a 21st-century Folk Dance.
Dance teams invited to perform also include: Hammersmith Morris Men, Sussex Junction Morris, The Outside Capering Crew, Wreckers Border Morris, Chiltern Hundreds Clog Morris, Belle d’Vain Northwest Morris, Camden Clog, Feet First Appalachian Cloggers, Flag & Bone Gang, Whip The Cat Rapper & Clog, Thrales Rapper, Gog Magog Molly, After Dinner Clog, Tower Ravens Rapper, Kemysk Cornish Dancers, Sidmouth Steppers North West Morris.