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Morris Ring

Proclaims itself as the national association of Men's Morris and Sword Dance Clubs.

In 1934, a confederation of 6 Morris teams led by Cambridge formed the Ring. All were revivalist clubs. They meet at Thaxted each year in May following the Spring Bank Holiday and now have a lot of members (around 200 sides) not just in England. It was an Oxford-Cambridge University revival idea to encourage the performance of the Morris and to maintain its traditions and preserve its history. They seemed dissatisfied at The English Folk Dance Society who was, under Cecil Sharp teaching the Morris in a 'classroom and examination hall' style. What they wanted was a return to the village ensemble or its equivalent.

It is still stated in its constitution, just for men's clubs. No, nobody understands why.

 

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