morris dance

(redirected from morris dances)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus.

morris dance


morrice dance,

rustic dance of the north of England that had its origin in country festivals, such as those of May Day and Whitsunday. Reference to it in English literature is made as early as the 15th cent. The main dancers were called Robin Hood, Maid Marian, the hobbyhorse, and the bavian, or fool. They were accompanied by a piper or taborer. An ambulatory dance, it was often performed from one village to another by the main dancers and six other dancers, three in a row. The morris dance was a sword dance in many vicinities.


See J. Forrest, The History of Morris Dancing, 1458–1750 (1999).

morris dance

any of various old English folk dances usually performed by men (morris men) to the accompaniment of violin, concertina, etc. The dancers are adorned with bells and often represent characters from folk tales
References in periodicals archive ?
Kahului Oct 23, Mark Morris Dance Group, Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Castle Theater, One Cameron Way, 808.
Nov 7-9, Mark Morris Dance Group, Victoria Theater, New Jersey Performing Arts Center
New York Sept 1, Mark Morris Dance Group, Battery Park, State St, 212.
As we went through to the 1970s, there was quite an upsurge in folk music with groups like Steeleye Span and they picked up on a lot of the old folk tunes of England, including Morris dance tunes, and popularised them.
Cecil Sharp collected no less than 22 tunes, many related to the Morris dance, from Ilmington when he came to the village at the end of the Edwardian era.
30am on Saturday when he will also perform a celebratory morris dance called Lumps of Plum Pudding.