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Street Dance - Traditional Style

By Dr Linda Ashley

Morris Dance, a traditional dance style associated with England, is well known but misunderstood. Here Dr Linda Ashley explores Morris Dance in New Zealand and the dance form's early roots and contemporary expression.

Morris Dance demands an array of co-ordination and rhythmical skill with feats such as somersaults, jumps and prop work. Traditionally a male dominated dance form, these days women and children can be found to participate.

The origins of Morris Dance are continually disputed. Although there are European records in various forms such as diaries, paintings and sculptures from as far back as 1096, the origins may well be lost in the mists of time. 

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