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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.

Another Dancing England update, tickets now on sale, and disabled access news

Evening all, apologies it’s been a bit quiet of late. It’s due to a combination of babies, holidays, folk festivals and the like. Please be rest assured though that things have been ticking along lovely in the background. So here’s a timely update for you.

Dancing England 2017 (18th February) at Sheffield City Hall will welcome the following confirmed acts and teams amongst others;

  • Horwich Prize Medal Morris Men
  • Star and Shadow
  • Bampton Traditional Morris Men
  • Rochester Sweeps
  • Fools Gambit
  • Redcar Longsword
  • The Newcastle Kingsmen
  • Bradshaw Mummers
  • Toby Bennett
  • Platt Bridge Morris Dancers
  • John Gasson Double Jig Winners

There’s still a couple to pin down and one act that we’re not going to tell you about in advance. Simply because they’re very special! And because Phil Heaton is such a tease.

ticketDoors open at 5:30pm with the show starting at 6:30pm. Tickets will be priced at £18 and £13 concessions (under 16s, UB40, carers, senior citizens, etc). Please be honest when buying your tickets, we may ask you to provide evidence that you are entitled to purchase tickets at a concessionary rate. Patron’s entrance time is 5:00pm

Tickets are now on sale today, December 1st. Please be aware that Patrons are the only ticket types that have a guaranteed seat, so do make sure to buy your ticket early and ensure that you’re in the queue on the night in good time. We expect some standing room only.

You can click here to buy a ticket – http://www.dancingengland.co.uk/tickets/

Sheffield City Hall has good facilities and access for people with a disability; lifts to all floors, accessible toilets on every level and hearing loops in the auditoriums. Guidance dogs are also welcome in the building. If you will need assistance at the venue please do get in touch when you book your tickets.

We look forward to putting on a great show and seeing you there on the night.

Until next time.