Kingsessing Morris Men

1977
42 Years Dancing

 

If you're interested in learning morris dance with Kingsessing you should contact us
Joe Passante Bill Quern Jan Alter

Schedule
 
The team will be dancing at these events
Sept 14-15
Rock Creek 40th Anniversary Ale
Frederick, MD

 

 

Phoenixville Spring Festival
June 2, 2019

Morris dancing in Phoenixville on Bridge Street caught the attention of many folks who
apparently had no idea what kind of dancing was being done. Still, there were lots of
smiles and applause. And the team broke its own record for making two pub stops in
less than two hours. Not a bad terpsichoreal afternoon.

 

 

CHESTNUT HILL HOME AND GARDEN FESTIVAL
2019

May 19, 2019

 

Lots of folks came out for the festival and Kingsessing put out for them with a nice variety of dances.
A zumba and modern dance group shared the trolley track stage with the K-men and made the event
that much more interesting and enjoyable to watch

 

MAY DAY

2019

 

 

Watch channel 3's Interview
of May Day 2018

 

DANCING AT THE FARM
after the deep freeze
Feb 2, 2019

The K-men danced at Terhune Orchards, in Princeton, NJ,on Ground Hog Day, for the
farm's annual Wassailing to the Apple Trees event along with Handsome Molly, and
Green River Tap & Die, from New England. It was fine event and a nice opportunity to finally
enjoy the outdoors in moderate winter temperatures compared to the polar vortex ones
that had to be endured only a few days previously.

 

 

 

KINGSESSING WINS 3rd PLACE
at the
MUMMERS DAY PARADE 2019

 

 

 

Watch the team dancing in the Parade by

Clicking Here

 

 

 

The comments made by the President about how the California fires needn't
have been so bad were the theme for Kingsessing's dance presentation this year.
A balmy 60 degrees made it a lot easier to dance than last year's 14.

 

 

 

FIREBIRD FESTIVAL 2018
PHOENIXVILLE, PA

 



Dancing at twilight before firing the phoenix at Veteran's Field

There's something a little dramatic about tossing sticks in front of plate glass windows



Dancing at the field where the Phoenix will be fired. This picture seems to show plenty of light
but it was actually half as bright giving the dancers a lot more thought to both carefully
clashing their sticks to each other and dancing.

 


Dancing Out at the Toronto Morris Ale in Canada
September 3, '17

A weekend of dancing with a dozen morris teams brought a lot of enjoyment to over a
hundred dancers and musicians. Kingsessing took the opportunity to share its new
dance, Silurian Kiss, with the wonderful tune by the same name written for it by Rik Bourne
one of the team's musicians.

 

 

 

The Kingsessing Morris Men dancing at Bryn Mawr College's
May Day celebration about 10 years ago.

 

 

Listen to an Interview with Kingsessing, and Mike McGrath
just before May Day
, about 15 years ago on
You Bet Your Garden

on WHYY radio

 

 

 

Mummers Day Parade 2016

The Kmen's thematic dance in 2016 paired the destruction of the worldly traveling Hitchbot when it
came to Philadelphia during the summer and the Pope's good will visit to the city later in early fall.
Both visits were intended as something positive to benefit humanity and that was something
Kingsessing wanted to celebrate a little more.

 


TECHNO-MORRIS

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    About morris dancing


 

Morris dancing originated in England about 800 years ago, before Christianity took a solid hold on the countryside. The dancing was done at springtime by the farmers to celebrate the planting season and the "rebirth" of life. The spirits of the sun, rain, and earth were called upon to be plentiful to the folk who worshipped them.
Kingsessing Morris Men springs from Philadelphia and the surrounding areas from where it began in 1977. The team's dancing was originally done in the springtime with vigor, in the hopes that the planting season will be bountiful, and that those who view the dance will have good fortune. Bells are worn on the knees to wake the ground. Through the years the dancing has evolved into a year long tradition, dancing for any festive occasion that could bring enjoyment
Traditionally handkerchiefs beckon the sun to shine, and the sticks chase the evil spirits from below to awaken the earth. The team dances primarily in the spring touring to parks, schools and the city; but also performs during the other seasons too at various festivities such as fairs, weddings, and get-togethers. The team dances regularly in the Philadelphia Mummers Day Parade, and lately in the Phoenixville, PA, Firebird Festival in early December.
The team is currently accepting new members who will be instructed n the styles of Bleddington, Ducklington, and Fieldtown traditions. Practice is on Monday nights from September through May near Ardmore, Pa.

 

Videos of the Team

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Joe Passante

Bill Quern

Jan Alter

This is back in 2001, when the team danced at a public school in Philadelphia on May Day. Folks often ask why members of the team dance morris. Reasons vary but for just about everyone who does it the common theme is they're having fun.

 

Kingsessing History
May 1979

The team's first kit (uniform) sported knickers and suspenders. This was May Day
at Bryn Mawr College, as the team began their second year performing.