Kingsessing Morris Men
Forty-Two Years Dancing
The team will be dancing at these events
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
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
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
MUMMERS DAY PARADE 2019
Watch the team dancing in the Parade by
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
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
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
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.
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|About 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
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
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.
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.
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.