morris dance


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morris dance

(ˈmɒrɪs)
n
(Dancing) any of various old English folk dances usually performed by men (morris men) to the accompaniment of violin, concertina, etc. The dancers are adorned with bells and often represent characters from folk tales. Often shortened to: morris
[C15 moreys daunce Moorish dance. See Moor]
morris dancing n

mor′ris dance′

(ˈmɔr ɪs, ˈmɒr-)
n.
a rural folk dance of N English origin, performed by dancers orig. dressed as characters of the Robin Hood legend, esp. in May Day festivities. Also called mor′ris.
[1425–75; late Middle English moreys daunce Moorish dance; see Moorish]

morris dance

A traditional English folk dance accompanied by tambourines, bells, etc., involving much handkerchief waving.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.morris dance - any of various English folk dances performed by dancers in costumemorris dance - any of various English folk dances performed by dancers in costume
folk dance, folk dancing - a style of dancing that originated among ordinary people (not in the royal courts)
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morris dance

nMoriskentanz m, alter englischer Volkstanz
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In England the folk-plays, throughout the Middle Ages and in remote spots down almost to the present time, sometimes took the form of energetic dances (Morris dances, they came to be called, through confusion with Moorish performances of the same general nature).
Sadly, the steady stream of youngsters once eager to morris dance, like their father and his father, has slowed to a trickle.
"Leyli and Majnun," a classic Azerbaijani tale of young lovers and meddling parents, has been compared to "Romeo and Juliet " in Mark Morris Dance Group's production.
THE Dermot Company has partnered with The Mark Morris Dance Group to offer residents of 66 Rockwell dance and fitness classes.
A Juilliard graduate who danced lead roles with both the Limon Dance Company and Mark Morris Dance Group, McDonald knows that his dance career could have continued past his 2010 retirement.
I had the pleasure of reviewing the first volume showcasing Johnny Haslett's extensive research into the morris dance and related traditions in West Lancashire prior to 1900 M the 2008 issue of this journal.
"When James V1 of Scotland became James the first of the UK he took a Morris Dance team with him to England.
Recently, during a conversation in his bright green office at the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn--it has everything but parrots, and there could be a stuffed one I didn't notice in the razzle-dazzle, bazaar-like atmosphere --Morris disabused me of this romantic notion.
Children at a Birmingham School were given a taste of traditional England when they learned how to morris dance.
Is Morris dance heritage mysticism, dance, or entertainment?
Forrest clearly outlines the problems inherent in approaches that focus on origins, arguing that "there was never a time when one could speak of the morris dance" (xvii).
One night after attending a performance of the Mark Morris Dance Group at New York's Kennedy Center, editor Matthew Lore and writer Jeffrey Escoffier marveled at the spectacle they had witnessed.

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