The team performs a style of morris dancing known as “North West” morris, originating in Lancashire in the late 19th century where teams were formed to take a central role in the annual village carnival processions. Some of the dances that Wakefield Morris perform were traditionally used in such processions in the early 20th century, but over time the team has also written dances of its own, taking their inspiration and dance names from landmarks in and around Horbury. These team-written dances are now collectively known as the Horbury Suite. The team colours of blue and gold are taken from the crest of Wakefield City.
The men’s costume (kit) is based on a traditional dance kit from the 1890s, and consists of black clogs, yellow/gold socks, black britches, yellow/gold cummerbund, white shirt, blue sash and blue cap. The women’s kit is designed to complement the men’s in colour and to fit well into the dance style. They have used a number of different kits through the years; the current kit was designed to celebrate the millennium, and consists of black clogs, black tights, blue dress and white shirt.
In the thirty years that the team has existed they have toured in France and Germany and performed at many folk festivals throughout England. We have gained a reputation for a fast and lively dance style, and are considered to be one of the best mixed north west morris sides in the country.
We’re always very happy for potential new members to come to our practices to see if morris dancing could be for them. We practice on Monday evenings from 8.00 pm to 10.00 pm at The Cluntergate Centre, Cluntergate, Horbury, Wakefield WF4 5DA, though during the summer months our Monday evenings are often spent dancing at pubs in the area.
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