Open Morris - what we stand for
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.
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.
LatestAshley's Rise Morris - The End of an Era - with thanks Kim, for all your good work. Read Here
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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