Dance Sides: Our Wonderful Guests

The Hop Queen and Princesses

Our Queen Lucy will be at the heart of the Festival, leading the processions and distributing the Blessed Hops again this year, with her Princesses Phoebe, Ceci and Greta.


Offcumduns Border Morris

https://www.facebook.com/offcumdunsbordermorris/

From St Nicholas-at-Wade on Thanet. A fresh and youthful, award-winning local side who practice on Tuesday evenings and are on the lookout for new dancers, young and old.


Dead Horse & the Broomdashers

http://deadhorse.org.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/deadhorse.morris

Based close by in Whitstable, they practice on Monday evenings, dancing a style that borrows heavily from the Border and Molly Dancing styles of Morris. A strong singing side, the Broomdashers are the ladies’ team while Dead Horse refers to the men’s side.


Jigs o’Marlowe

A group of morris friends from Canterbury who came together during lockdown to dance jigs via Zoom, so that they could still carry on the tradition of Morris dance, music and performance we have enjoyed over the years.  Named Jigs o’Marlowe in honour of the great son of the city.  They are now developing their jigs into shared dances.


Royal Liberty Morris

https://en-gb.facebook.com/groups/16511587834/

From Hornchurch, Essex. They dance a variety of traditions: Cotswold (in the Ascott-under-Wychwood tradition), Molly, Sword and Border Morris. A huge membership with loads of young dancers, easy to identify from their elegant use of scaffold poles.


Wantsum Morris Men

That’s us – you’re here already. We dance Cotswold too.


Wantsum Women

https://www.facebook.com/wantsumwomen/

This year our brilliant newly formed affiliated club will be dancing in the Compass Rose of the Cathedral during the Hop Hoodening service.  The dance will be The Blue-Eyed Stranger from Field Town.  Now’s a great time to join them and learn their dances.  They practise through the autumn and winter on Sundays at 5pm


For more information: hophoodening@gmail.com