Vibrant, energetic, challenging and delightfully eccentric, the Belles of London City will break all of your stereotypes about Morris dancing. Dressed in trademark red and white corsets the Belles of London City have captured the attention of the national press and delighted audiences around the country with Morris Dancing for the 21st Century.
Traditional folk rhythms, high jumping, audience participation and general horseplay mix together to deliver a toe-tappingly infectious dance spectacle. Our entertainment can be tailored for all kinds of events - nightclubs and venues in London's East End, stage performances, private parties, weddings, corporate events, festivals and school workshops.
As well as our public performances, we also provide traditional dance and music school workshops which aim to build confidence, co-ordination, and curiosity.
The Belles accept new members on a rolling basis. We currently rehearse on second and fourth Thursdays of the month in Southwark and hold regular open rehearsals for potential new members. Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We welcome female-identifying dancers of all ages and experience levels. Dance experience is helpful but not necessary, and our current team come from a mix of backgrounds. Above all we are looking for friendly and enthusiastic people who share our passion for bringing traditional morris dancing to a wide range of audiences.
Morris Dancing is a style of traditional English folk dance. No one knows exactly how far back the tradition goes or where it began, but it continues to thrive today around the world. The dances as we practice them today were primarily recorded by folk collectors such as Cecil Sharp beginning in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Belles primarily perform Cotswald morris which is characterized by hankie and stick dances.