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At the heart of English folk
'This Girl Can' Morris Dance: Girls' carnival morris dancing in the 21st century

'This Girl Can' Morris Dance: Girls' carnival morris dancing in the 21st century

Lucy Wright

22 March - 30 July 2017

Girls’ morris dancing – sometimes called ‘fluffy’ or ‘carnival’ morris dancing – is a highly competitive team dance from the Northwest of England, which shares a name, but little else at first glance, with the better-known morris traditions performed across the UK.

This exhibition by Lucy Wright (University of Sheffield) reveals behind-the-scenes at a girls’ morris dancing competition and aims to celebrate the vibrance and skilfulness of this overlooked aspect of contemporary English folk dance.

Including photographs taken over three years of ongoing fieldwork in the girls’ morris dancing community, the exhibition emphasises the performance’ links with a contested history of female participation in morris dancing, and highlights the important role of folk dance in the promoting confidence, teamwork and physical fitness.

Read Lucy's blog posts accompanying the exhibition