Morris dancing is part of the folk dance in England. It is a celebration of music and dance that is performed in various festivals. The people of villages do this to get rid of the dark winter.

They also do it to celebrate the fertility of summer. Morris dance is always accompanied by music.

The dancers dance at the beat of the music by wearing colourful costumes. The dancers often use swords, sticks, and handkerchiefs to dance. Here we are going to discuss the various styles of Morris dance.

Cotswold Morris

This dance form is common in Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire. This dance is performed with handkerchiefs or sticks. The dancers use various hand movements which look very nice. About 6 to 8 dancers perform together. However, solo and duo dancers also perform this style of dancing.

Northwest Morris

This is a military-style dance that is often seen in processions. You might see it often at folk festivals. The dance was created in the 19th and early 20th centuries from the mills in the Northwest, England.

Border Morris

This dance form comes from the English-Welsh border. It is a simpler style of dance compared to the other styles and is more traditional as well. The dancers blacken their faces when dancing.

Longsword dancing

This style of dance comes from Yorkshire and South Durham. The dancers use long wooden or metal swords when dancing. The dance is performed by a group of 6 or 8 dancers.


This style of Morris dance originated in Northumberland and Durham. Short and flexible steel swords are used in this style of dancing. Five dancers dance together in this form of dancing.

Molly Dancing

This dance style has come from Cambridgeshire. They were commonly known as feast dances. This dance was performed to collect funds during the terrible winter months. All the dancers dress as a woman and entertain the guests.

These various types of dance forms originated from different parts of England and are part of their culture. These dances are often performed in folk festivals or other local events.