FAQ

WYCHWAYZ BORDER MORRIS

WHY DO YOU WEAR BLACK?

BECAUSE WE DANCE BORDER MORRIS WHICH IS THE STYLE OF MORRIS DANCED IN THE WELSH BORDERS. WE WEAR BLACK ALL THE TIME, REGARDLESS OF THE TIME OF YEAR. SOME SIDES WEAR BLACK IN THE WINTER AND WHITE (COTSWOLD STYLE MORRIS) IN THE SUMMER.

 

WHY DO YOU HAVE BLACK FACES?

BECAUSE TRADITIONALLY BORDER MORRIS WAS DANCED BY LABOURERS LOOKING FOR A BIT OF EXTRA CASH, SO IN ORDER TO DISGUISE THEMSELVES FROM THEIR BOSSES THEY PAINTED THEIR FACES WITH SOOT.

 

DOES THAT WORK?

NO. WHEN YOU ARE OUT TAKING A PARTY OF SCHOOL CHILDREN ON A FARM WALK AND ONE OF THE PARENTS WHOM YOU HAVE NEVER MET BEFORE SAYS TO YOU "OH I KNOW YOU, YOU'RE ONE OF THE MORRIS DANCERS" YOU KNOW IT DOESN'T.

 

WHAT KIND OF EVENTS DO YOU DANCE AT?

ANYTHING REALLY - FESTIVALS, FETES, WEDDINGS, PARTIES, FUND RAISING EVENTS.

 

CAN I JOIN?

YES. ANYONE CAN JOIN, MALE OR FEMALE, OLD OR YOUNG. AS A DANCER OR A MUSICIAN.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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