Who We Are
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 and top hats, 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 hip 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, curiosity and musical agility.
What is Morris Dancing?
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.
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Join the Belles!
We are always happy to welcome new dancers with experience of morris or other dance traditions. Get in touch with us for more information or to discuss joining us for a trial practice session.
We currently rehearse every other Thursday in Southwark.
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