Open Morris - what we stand for

Morris dancing for all!
Open Morris is open to any group or individual involved in the performance of Morris Dancing or allied activities. All sides are welcome - mixed, male or female, as are dancers or musicians who wish to become individual members.

Morris should be FUN!
We believe our members should enjoy their dancing.
The original graphics on this site were created for Open Morris by Marc Vyvyan-Jones.

A Brief History of Open Morris

Open Morris began in 1979 as a loose organisation of East Anglian dancers, following efforts by one of the (then) few mixed Morris sides in the country to find local friends and sympathisers.

At that time there was much rivalry between members of the all-male Morris Ring (founded in 1934) on one side and the Women's Morris Federation, which came into being in the mid 1970's on the other. Both organisations agreed that Morris Dancing shouldn't involve a mixing of the sexes! (Later the "WMF" became the Morris Federation and now includes male and mixed groups.)

Interest in Open Morris began to spread further afield, and the organisation now has about one hundred member sides from all over Britain, as well as a few from overseas and some individual members.

Open Morris, as a member of the Joint Morris Organisations, is now regularly involved in discussions and conferences with the The Morris Ring and the Morris Federation.

Latest

SoundStorm Training Bursaries for Music Educators available NOW
As part of its Youth Music Musical Inclusion Programme, SoundStorm Music Education Agency has 15 bursaries of £100 available to musicians/music educators residing and working in Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole.
Please click here for further info >>

Obit: Chris Harris - a true fool .... a brief insight >>

Learn to Dance the Morris - dvd
This recently released dvd is a collaboration between the Great Caper and Morris Dancers of England.
Available via Great Caper and Morris Dancers of England, further info and a trailer
can be found on http://www.thegreatcaper.co.uk/resources-and-sales.html by clicking here >>

The Great Caper Morris
The Great Caper currently has space for new trainee tutors.
Please click here for further info >>

Ashley's Rise Morris - The End of an Era - with thanks Kim, for all your good work. Read Here
With Mr John Clifford standing-down after many years as publicity officer, this role
is currently vacant. Should you be interested in applying for this position please
may we ask you to email: officers@open-morris.org

In this years Honours List The BEM was awarded to Brian Kell Founder and Organiser of the Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival. "For services to Music and the Community"
Very Well done Brian! You can contact the festival on: strawbear@btinternet.com
Request for contact details from The Company of the Green Man outlined here >>
++IMPORTANT++ - request for info .... Please read this >>
OM News letter Feb 2013 >>
Our Cotswold Morris Heritage- Roy Dommett Workshop in October >>