Forty-Two Years Dancing


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Joe Passante Bill Quern Jan Alter

The team will be dancing at these events
Sat Feb 2
1 - 4
Sun Feb 3
3:30 - 4
Charles Dickens Birthday
at Griffith Hall
across from Clark Park, West Phila


Feb 3, 2019

For the past 7 years the K-men have danced at the Science Center, in West Philadelphia, to honor
Charles Dickens birthday after folks emerge from listening to some Dickens' readings in the auditorium.
This Year Bill Quern (far left) brought a little known fact that Dickens had a pet raven, whose name
was Grip. Dickens took the opportunity to insert his pet into one of his stories and simultaneously
inspire Edger Allen Poe to do some writing about a raven as well.
And for those of you who would like
to see Grip, his body happens to be displayed in the rare book room in Philadelphia's main library across
from Logan Circle.


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.




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Watch the team dancing in the Parade by

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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.






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.



in Narbertth, PA

Our newest dancer? Just one of the team escorting a child through the maze of dancers
during the recent Dickens Day event in Narberth, PA.
Kingsessing was also graced with some of the Fiddlekicks Clogging Team that added
to the energy and thrilled the spectators.

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MAY DAY 2018

A beautiful morning, with sun, moderate temperatures, helicopters overhead with telephoto lenses
and even a news crew on hand from channel 3 to document Kingsessing's 41st year
dancing out at dawn. May pole dancing, social singing, and the sharing of this tradition
with others is what helps bind us as a community.

Watch channel 3's Interview
of May Day 2018
as both Kingsessing and Renegade morris and friends celebrate the morning


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 9 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.



January 25, 2015 Princeton, N.J.

Terhune Orchards held their annual Wassail event and both Handsome Molly and the K-men came
out to dance and wish the crops a great spring growing season as well as provide some entertainment for
the onlookers. As you surely are aware morris dancing is supposed to help everything grow larger.
One of the morris dancers wished everyone a good snowstorm and apparently from current weather
forecasts they'll have a lovely snowstorm at this point.

Dancing at Terhune Orchards


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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.