Rose Galliard Northwest Morris

Rose Galliard is a women's dance group specializing in folk dances from the Northwest of England. You can see us at the New England Folk Festival and often at performances of the Boston area Summer Revels, as well as other occasions in and around New England.

The Tradition

The Clog and Garland dances we present are part of a greater English tradition called Morris dancing. Origins of the Morris are lost in the mists of time, but the dances were certainly known by William Shakespeare's time - he included references to Morris Dancing in several of his plays. The clog dances were a more recent development in the textile manufacturing areas of Lancashire and environs in Northwest England. Some of the characteristics of these dances, such as the clogs which protected mill-workers feet, the bobbins, and the cotton slings are directly traceable to the mills. The dances were originally performed as processionals for holidays. They reached peak popularity in the early 1800s before the steam railroad permitted exodus to the coast for holidays.

The New World

Morris Dancing has been performed intermittently in New England since 1583, including New York music hall shows in the nineteenth Century, but was boosted by the Folk Revival exported from England at the beginning of this century. You can find the dancing all through this region with its lively music and energetic steps. Listen to the rhythm of the wooden clogs, the simple yet compelling tunes, and view the individually designed embroidered or appliquéed roses on the dancers' pinafores.

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Rose Galliard was founded in 1987 and has danced at pageants, fairs, weddings, festivals, Revels and other joyous occasions. To contact the team, write to:
Rose Galliard Northwest Morris
c/o P. J. Stefanov-Wagner
Post Office Box 380042
Cambridge, MA 02238-0042

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