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Growing Dancing England ticket sales, plus information on one of our teams

After just a couple of weeks of tickets being on sale, we are now 1/4 full. I know, it’s amazing. We’ve sold 125 tickets out of our capacity of 500 or so. If you’re keen to come, please do visit the Tickets page and make sure your name is on the list. Just 60 days to go!

Our hugely talented poster designer (Natalie Reid) is busy beavering away on her debut offering, taking a healthy dose of inspiration from the original artist, Richard Scollins, and adding her unique interpretation and creativity. We have seen a draft, and it looks very very good. Posters will be on sale prior to the event, and on the night. They’re sure to be popular, so watch this space.

Platt Bridge Sheffield 2008

from Platt Bridge website

Okely dokely. Onto our first featured traditional dance team; Platt Bridge Morris Dancers. This team of Carnival or Fluffy Morris Dancers appeared at the 1984 Dancing England in Derby and impressed the audience with their tight stepping and very straight lines.

The team was founded in 1970 in Wigan and has reached the dizzy heights of World Champions in the Isle of Man in 1984. They’ve amassed a haul of 50 competition wins and 13 Championship titles.


from Platt Bridge website

Carnival Morris is a very competitive tradition and is highly geared towards team formation and standards. It is often overlooked in the realms of traditional dance, but it shares key aspects of it’s history with North West Morris.

I’ve found an excellent article by the ethnomusicologist and artist, Dr Lucy Wright, which explains what Carnival Morris is all about, where it is now, and it’s importance as a vibrant and very much living tradition. Read on – HERE

That’s all for now folks, we hope you have a cracking Christmas and an excellent New Year, wherever you are and whatever you do. Enjoy it, and we’ll see you on the other side.

Dancing England update 23.05.16 where crowdfunding reaches £1120 and the teams list is now taking shape.

Dancing England poster 1983

artwork by Rick Scollins

Your generosity and belief in the Dancing England reboot is astounding. 29 people have contributed £1120.00 in less than 14 days, that’s 56% of our total! Thank you so much to all of you.

Your support is massively appreciated.

You can see where we’re up to, and make a contribution, by clicking this LINK. A £40 Patron contribution gets you a guaranteed ticket with early entry and a programme. Plus a very warm, fuzzy feeling knowing that you’ve helped this event rise again. You could also contribute £10 (Supporter) and end your glorious days on this earth with the sure knowledge that you’ve assisted in rebooting Dancing England.

Please do consider contributing to the event. We would be so grateful.

Phil Heaton has been busy beavering away putting together a list of teams and sides that we want to invite to the 2017 Dancing England event. The list is looking very strong, and very entertaining. We’re planning an excellent mix of the Traditional and Revival, with certain teams being tasked with working together. We’ve some old favourites from Dancing England’s past plus some new, younger teams certain to delight and entertain.

There’s some cracking rapper on the list, excellent North West and Carnival Morris, Cotswold from the Cotswolds, clog dancers, Longsword from a team rarely seen, some Mumming, Molly, something unique and very English and a couple of folkloric customs not many of us have seen. Plus some fantastic jiggers and more.

Its shaping up to be a tremendous show!

Now to get busy inviting these teams and persuading them to take part.

Until next time