Sunday, April 01, 2007

Morris Dancing In Oxford

A morris dance is a form of English folk dance. It is based on rhythmic stepping and the execution of choreographed figures by a group of dancers. Implements such as sticks, swords, tobacco pipes, and handkerchiefs may also be wielded by the dancers. There are English records mentioning the morris dance dating back to 1448. Today was the last day of the Oxford Folk Festival and the streets of Oxford were full of Morris Dancers, these guys above performing in the grounds of the Oxford Castle performed an Oxfordshire Dance which traditionally involes handkerchiefs.

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