2019 Event

For one night only, a traditional dance stage show; ‘Dancing England’.

Date: Saturday 26th January 2019

Venue: Nottingham Playhouse

Start time: 6:30pm

Ticket sale date: On sale now

Buy tickets: https://www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/whats-on/dance/dancing-england/

Or from the Box Office on 0115 941 9419

Ticket prices (includes a £1.50 transaction fee):

Full price: £17.50

Concession: £12.50 (student, retired, unwaged, child/youth)

Group of 5: 10% discount (available by calling the Box Office, not available online)

Group of 10: 20% discount (same as above)


Teams invited (and accepted):

Rappera short sword tradition from the pit villages of Newcastle and Co. Durham, some 160 years old. Uses a flexible metal sword called a rapper and danced by five team members accompanied by a Tommy and/or Betty and usually a single musician.

Whip the Cat from Nottingham (World No. 1 at the international sword dancing competition – DERT)

Thrales Rapper from London (Winners and second place in the Traditional Competition at DERT 2018)


Morris Jigfrom the Cotswold tradition, usually done by the younger, sprightlier in the team in order to show off

Toby and Jon Melville (winners at Sidmouth Folk Festival’s John Gasson Jig Competition 2018)


Folklorica dance tradition rooted in medieval times, there’s nothing like this anywhere else!

Abbots Bromley Horn Dance


Carnivalor ‘Fluffy Morris’, once closely connected with the North West Morris tradition, now standing proud and firm, taking elements from cheerleading and Irish Dancing to develop a dance with precision and stepping.



Clog – a form of step dance characterised by the wearing of inflexible, wooden soled clogs. Clog dancing developed into its most intricate form in the North of England, Lancashire, Yorkshire, Durham and the Lake District.

The Lancashire Wallopers


North West Morrisfrom Lancashire and north Cheshire, this style of traditional dance has it’s roots in the industrial towns and mills, processional in nature and with big bands and clogs; it’s a noisy Northern spectacle.

The Earlsdon Morris Men


Borderfrom Herefordshire and the Welsh Borders, this village dance was usually done for fun and money by disguised persons. Reports come from the magistrates of disturbances ad disreputable behaviour.

Leominster Morris


Cotswoldwith references dating morris dancing to 1448, this dance is based on rhythmic stepping and the execution of choreographed figures by a group of dancers, usually wearing bell pads on their shins. Implements such as sticks, swords and handkerchiefs may also be wielded by the dancers. 

Chipping Campden Morris Men

Taylors’ Morris


Mollyan East Anglian tradition, most associated with Plough Monday. As a way of filling the gap between Christmas and the start of the ploughing season, the ploughboys would tour around the local landowners, offering to dance for money. those who refused would be penalised. Identities would be disguised using soot and dressing in modified Sunday best.

Old Glory Molly


Ceilidh banda ceilidh or barndance is a traditional social gathering with music, dance, ale, and sometimes food. At Dancing England we have booked one of the best ceilidh bands around, and secured the services of an excellent up and coming caller.

The Melrose Ceilidh Band and Rhianwen Davies


Folkloricthis performance and processional act will lead the Lord Mayor to the Playhouse to open the event. It’s a medieval relic, and sure to raise an eyebrow or two.

Snap Dragon


Longsword is a hilt and point sword dance recorded mainly in God’s own Country – Yorkshire. Related to the short sword ‘rapper’ dance but uses more rigid metal or wooden swords. Longsword dances tend to be performed by their own village teams, e.g. Grenoside and the Goathland Plough Stots.

The Flamborough Sword Dancers


MummersMummers’ plays are folk plays performed by troupes of amateur actors, known as mummers or guisers (also by local names such as rhymers, pace-eggers, soulers, tipteerers, wrenboys, and galoshins).

Knaresborough Mummers


Local folkloreanother occasional act, last seen in public in Derby in 1986. This team of reprobates will entertain you with their musical meat cleavers.

The Nottingham Dancing Butchers


More details to follow as and when we get our confirmations.