Morris Dancers, and the Super Hero Who Battles Them

by Sandra Foyt on December 10, 2011

in Arts and Culture

Strolling the streets of Troy, NY during the annual Victorian Stroll, I saw the oddest group. Men and women dressed in felts and tartan – hoisting antlers on sticks – weaved through the crowds. I followed them to the central square where they formed into a circle. And as a fiddler played a tune I couldn’t quite catch over the din, a harlequin jester chased a human horse.

Morris Dancers and the Fiddler

Who were these people?

Morris Dancers and a Human Horse

Of course, I asked and discovered that they were Morris dancers.

Say what? Wikipedia tells me that “Morris dance is a form of English folk dance usually accompanied by music. It is based on rhythmic stepping and the execution of choreographed figures by a group of dancers. Implements such as sticks, swords, handkerchiefs and bells may also be wielded by the dancers.”

Morris Dancers Play with Sticks

In the United States, there are thought to be 150 Morris Dance teams, referred to as Morris Sides.

Now I thought they seemed like a jolly troop, but I’m told there is a dark side to this Morris dancing business. Don’t you worry, though, for there is a…

Super Hero who lives to foil Evil Morris Dancers – Bhangraman!

| Sandra Foyt is a storyteller, photographer, and road trip junkie. A veteran of six cross-country road trips, she drove Route 66, the Lincoln Highway, the fossil freeway, the extraterrestrial highway, and even “the loneliest road in America.” Find her on GetawayMavens.com, an award-winning destination guide to extraordinary travel in and from Northeast USA, on her portfolio site at SandraFoyt.com, and in freelance gigs on Family Travel 411, Minitime, Huffington Post, and Matador Network. Email: sandrafoyt@albanykid.com, Twitter @SandraFoyt.

Cie McCullough Buschle December 10, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Oh that video is hilarious!

But I hear that traditional Morris Dancers are having trouble recruiting young people to dance with them
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Sandra Foyt December 10, 2011 at 7:01 pm

Gee…I can’t imaging why!
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