Many in the morris world have recently been made aware of a group of white nationalists attempting to use morris dancing to further their agenda. We don’t wish to give the group and their publication the air of publicity.
White Rose Morris do not tolerate any form of hate speech or offensive behaviour. Whilst our roots are predominantly English, similar dances, which are closely related to ours, are performed across Europe, the Indian subcontinent and South America, and whilst many of the groups which make up Britain are underrepresented in the morris, all are welcome.
Morris dancing and folk music has often been a talking point of nationalism, under the warning that somehow it is under threat from other cultures and traditions. White Rose Morris regularly represent British traditional dance at the International Fair at the University of Huddersfield and are proud to share the stage with song and dance from around the world.
Cliff Barstow Memorial Jig CompetitionThe 5th Cliff Barstow Jig Competition was held online on Sunday 24th May 2020 at 2.30pm.
In memory of founder member Cliff Barstow - there was an emphasis on a good old-fashioned graceful style as exemplified by Cliff Barstow, Bill Barrett and John Trickey. In the judges chairs were Richard Arrowsmith, Saul Rose, Melanie Barber and Will Bremner.Huge congratulations to the winner Toby Melville, and to the other finalists - Jack Worth, Rebecca Kell, Matt Simons, Ian Nichols and Ollie Simons. A very high standard of dancing was achieved throughout, with the other competitors being Ben James, Matt Stapledon, David Thompson, Phil Preen, Laura Bailey, Jo Ives and Sarah Matthews.
The event was be streamed live to The White Rose Facebook page. Those watching were able to react and select an audience-choice winner! The audience-choice winner was Jack Worth.
See the trophy!!
White Rose Morris Men...
...are based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.
Originally formed in the autumn of 1953 by a number of Leeds University Morris Men and others who wished to form a non-university side, White Rose Morris Men met initially in the Burley Road scout headquarters and were helped by Ron Smedley, the EFDSS Yorkshire Area Organiser. Co-operation continued with the Leeds University Men resulting in the joint hosting of the 53rd Morris Ring Meeting in Leeds in 1956 although it was to be 1959 before White Rose were admitted as a member side into the Morris Ring.
In 1971, the club moved its base to Huddersfield and organised the 215th Ring Meeting in the town in 1986. Celebrations for our Golden Jubilee in 2003 took place throughout the year and included a weekend gathering in September when around 280 members of traditional dance sides descended on Bradley Wood from around the country to tour surrounding areas. In 2013 the side celebrated its 60th - and in 2018 its 65th - anniversaries with weekends of dance touring Calderdale and Kirklees, including the Colne Valley.
Cliff Barstow, the founder member of White Rose, sadly passed away in February 2015, but the family tradition is continued by his son (Ned) and grandsons (Joseph and Liam). The annual Cliff Barstow Memorial Jig Competition is organised by White Rose to promote an economically graceful and upright dancing style embodied by Cliff.
A familiar sight in distinctive ‘whites’ with green baldrics and straw hats at regional and national folk festivals, and other local events, White Rose dance the South Midlands (or Cotswold) tradition ‘Up North’ and have also performed in Sweden, Jersey, Provence, Romania and, most recently (2019), in Germany at the Aachen Festival.
White Rose Morris Men spawned the former associate side Dog Rose that appeared in the English Roots and Demon Barbers folk road shows touring nationwide, and on television in Later With Jools Holland (here) bringing ‘the Morris’ to a wider audience.
White Rose Morris Men practise at HD1 Dance Studio , 5 St John's Road, Huddersfield HD1 5AY on Wednesday evenings except during the summer months (when we often dance out) and new members are always welcome, however inexperienced!