Acorn Morris was formed in York in 1977 to fill the missing gap at the time for women and girls who wanted to enjoy the tradition of Morris dancing. The first public performance was in 1978 and, although members have come and gone, the team is still dancing
1st Dance-out, Stillington March 1978
40 years on!
We dance what is commonly known as the stick and handkerchief style i.e. dances from villages in the Cotswold regions of the UK but also some Border Morris from Hereford & Worcestershire along with some dances we have invented ourselves. Acorn Morris is a member of the Morris Federation.
10th Anniversary, Rufforth March 1988
As can be seen in the photos, our kit has changed over time from the original white blouse & skirt, to a white pinafore dress in 1980 through to a green skirt in 1990 with the addition of yellow hankies (instead of the original white ones) in 1993. In 2013 we changed to our current kit of black trousers, white poloshirts with green trim and leather bell pads, and new design badge on the baldricks. The only amendment (2015) has been a change to one yellow hanky and one orange hanky.
We perform mostly in the York area - either in the city itself or surrounding villages. In 1982 we performed at Castle Howard, near York, as part of the entertainment for that year's Eurovision Song Contest performers and in 2009 we were featured in the Independent newspaper (see below). We have also danced at international festivals in Prague (2010) & Krakow (2013).
21st Anniversary, York June 1999
Our repertoire originally featured the Ilmington tradition along with a few Border dances. Over the years other traditions have been introduced including Bampton, Fieldtown, Kirtlington, Lichfield and Ducklington and 2018 sees the introduction of Stretton on the Fosse. Although we have always managed to keep performing, our numbers have dipped at times during the years so we have also included several 3 and 4-man dances (some adapted by ourselves). Our musicians have also changed over the years, but have nearly always been melodeon and/or accordion players often with fiddle and whistle accompaniment.
So, if you want to be part of a living tradition combining exercise and fun, why not come along? We meet on Wednesday evenings from 8.15 to 9.30pm at the University of York St. John (Theatre Studio 4) from September to May with the 2nd Wednesday of each month being an open session for anybody to come & see what it's all about. In the summer months we perform in York and the surrounding area.
Snaith, September 2014
New members & musicians - all ages - are always welcome.