Display Dance Co-ordinators Malcolm Major and Charlotte Dover have put together an exciting and varied programme of dance for the Festival, with more names still to be announced.
Confirmed so far are: BOSS MORRIS, FIRST CLASS STAMP, FOOL’S GAMBIT MORRIS, LANCASHIRE WALLOPERS, LEOMINSTER MORRIS, MORTIMER’S MORRIS, NEWCASTLE KINGSMEN, PIG DYKE MOLLY DANCERS, RUMWORTH MORRIS, SHEFFIELD STEEL RAPPER, SHROPSHIRE BEDLAMS & MARTHA RHODEN’S TUPPENNY DISH, CHIPPING CAMPDEN MORRIS DANCERS and SIDMOUTH MUMMERS.
We are also looking forward to an exciting Sword/Cotswold collaboration from across the Atlantic with members of ROCK CREEK MORRIS WOMEN & TORONTO WOMEN’S SWORD joining forces especially for the Festival to create a new team called COMPASS ROSES.
Workshops: there will be a range of dance workshops every morning of the festival, including Cotswold, Border, Appalachian, North West, Rapper, Longsword and Clog. There should be something for everyone and the workshops will cater to a range of experience and ability.
As ever there is the John Gasson Memorial Jig Competition to look forward to on Sunday bringing a competitive spirit to the Festival with high standard and energetic jigs. Throughout the week the teams will dance around Sidmouth and as always will entertain audiences in the dance shows in the Connaught Gardens and the Blackmore Gardens Marquee. Morris Wednesday will be hosted by FIRST CLASS STAMP and the Disney-themed Party is sure to be a blast!
In addition LAUREL SWIFT brings the next stage of her new Folk Musical Traveling with Thomas to the Manor Pavilion on Thursday night for an exciting evening of dance, music and song. Keep checking the website for updates and latest line-up additions for the 2020 festival.