English Morris Dancing

        Try it, you’ll like it !
        Prairie Waves Morris of Omaha, Nebraska, welcomes new dancers and musicians. We rehearse on Monday evenings at 7, usually in a church basement near 26th & Woolworth in Omaha (Grace Lutheran Church, 1326 South 26th Street, but call to verify before attending).  We perform several times a year, in Omaha and other midwestern cities.  For more information about joining the team, or if you're interested in booking a performance for a party or fair, please call David Nichols (280-2986 work,  or 553-2562 home).
        Morris dancing derives from ancient ceremonies in celebration of the seasons, especially the solstices, that were continued in small communities in England through the centuries until medieval times. Though the ceremonies died out, the dancing continued.  Morris dancers typically performed in their own town with occasional forays to neighboring villages to enliven seasonal events with music,  color and ritual.
        The Industrial Revolution radically altered the life-ways of the English countryside with the result
of near total abandonment of most Morris traditions. By the time interest was rekindled at the turn of the century (primarily through the efforts of the folk musicologist Cecil Sharp) only a few Morris teams survived to perform dances. Many dances were then reconstructed from the memories of the few surviving Morris men.  There are now several hundred Morris teams in England and dozens more in America, each carrying on the tradition in its own way.