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General News > American Morris Dancers Perform Spectacular Skills On Museum Terrace
A group of 35 Morris dancers and musicians from across the United States will be performing a spectacular display of their skills on the terrace of The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle next month.
While many of the men, who include a small number from England, perform regularly with teams in their hometowns, they join forces for one week a year to form the American Travelling Morrice. And while the annual tour usually takes place in the States, 2013 sees them perform at the Museum, as well as in the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District.
Morris dancing is an old English tradition, with its roots in mediaeval street theatre. Shakespeare cherished the Morris as an ancient custom, alluding to it in several of his plays. The dances performed include the use of sticks or handkerchiefs, with various regional traditions and variations. In ancient times it was thought that Morris dancing brought good luck and prosperity to the community.
American Travelling Morrice will give a 45 minute performance on the terrace of The Bowes Museum on Thursday 1st August from 3pm and spectators are welcome to enjoy this impressive free display.