Rockhopper Morris

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Who Are We?

We're a mixed Cotswold morris side who practise near Stokenchurch, Buckinghamshire, UK, but dance all over England. We perform hankie dances from the Raglan tradition and stick dances of our own Rockhopper tradition. Many of our members are also active members of other sides.

History

We evolved as a group of morris dancing friends that performed for an event when a 'regular' side couldn't be persuaded to appear. The members of this ad-hoc team enjoyed ourselves so much that they decided to carry on as a proper side.

Why Rockhopper?

This has to do with some of the things that happened during our winter frolics. You could ask a side member in person but there's no guarantee of a sensible answer unless you ply them with food or alcohol or both.

Where To See Us

Where We're Dancing in 2024

Kennet Morris Ale

Saturday 24th February

Oxford Folk Festival

Sunday 21st April

Chippenham Folk Festival

Saturday 25th May

Amble Sword Day

Saturday 15th June

Brighton Morris
Day of Dance

Saturday 22nd June

Mr Hemmings Day of Dance

Sunday 6th July

Lyme Morris Weekend

13-14th July

Sidmouth Folk Week

The Esplanade, Sidmouth
Sat 3rd - Sun 4th August

Wallingford Bunkfest

The Kinecroft
Sunday 1st September

Swanage Folk Festival

Sat 7th - Sun 8th September

We're planning more events...

How To Spot Us

How To Spot a Rockhopper (Penguin)

Rockhopper penguins have feathers. They are predominantly black & white with pink feet & orange beak, red eyes and some whispy yellow feathers on either side of their head.

They are small and agressive & will probably chase you if you get close to their nests. It takes 8 rockhopper penguins to make a gallon of oil.

Rockhopper penguins can be seen hopping around on rocks, regurgitating krill & chasing wildlife photographers.

Pictures of Rockhopper penguins

How To Spot a Rockhopper (Morris Dancer)

We wear white collarless shirts & white trousers or jeans with black belt, socks & trainers. We have armbands with ribbons of black, yellow & orange. On the left breast pocket is a stylised penguin. Finally we have bright orange hankies which is probably what you'll notice first. Our eyes are only red after a night on the booze.

Our sizes vary but we're very friendly. We like to get oiled on beer, cider or gin.

We can be seen at some festivals and morris tours and many members sport penguin trophies in pockets, attached to ears or worn on heads. We're not bashfull and don't mind having our picture taken.

Pictures of Rockhopper Morris

Our Dances

Our members are experienced dancers and musicians all of whom have lives in other morris sides. Although initially we danced anything that we could all quickly learn to perform, we found we needed more of a challenge, so we persuaded Nick Walden and Darrell Hurtt from Hammersmith Morris to teach us the unusual modern tradition of Raglan with its unique triple-step.

After learning such an interesting tradition we decided to drop our other dances to focus more on the new material. We supplemented the basic Raglan hankie dances with several new ones that we developed and then created our own stick dance tradition which uses the Raglan triple-step. These latter dances are all performed to tunes with a 3/2 or 9/8 rhythm which fits them very well.

Contact

Links

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