Sue asked a question in her comment yesterday: "What is Morris dancing?" I'd mentioned that my brother was a morris dancer and had just come from practice when we met up with him; I meant to provide a link to more information because I am sure the term is not familiar to many of you, although our British friends can probably provide much more information than I can (and I hope they do chime in).
Morris dance is a form of folk dance associated with Britain. The dancers often wear bells and sticks are sometimes used in the dancing as are swords, handkerchiefs, and other items. There are a variety of different kinds of morris dancers; my brother is part of a group that dances in the Border style, using sticks as part of their routines. This is a photo from his group's webpage (they're called Hicks with Sticks), of my brother performing in London with his group:
I hope this helps. I must admit to knowing very little about this kind of dance, and I have yet to see my brother dancing in person; I intend to change that this year. This just looks like too much fun!
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