Dance Teams

Sowerby Bridge Morris Dancers

Sowerby Bridge Morris was originally formed as an all-male Northwest side in 1979. They were a regular feature of Rushbearing until 2002 when a dwindling number of dancers made performing impossible. In 2012 the team was resurrected as a mixed side performing both the team's original dances and some written by themselves. In 2014 they added 2 traditional dances by the sadly disbanded Colne Royal Morris Men.

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Ryburn Longsword

Ryburn Longsword formed in 1994 and we are pleased to have had them perform at every Rushbearing since. Over the years they have established themselves quite a reputation amongst the folk dance fraternity. They perform in the dance style traditional to Yorkshire and boast both a senior and junior team who appear at a range of events, both in and out of the region. Ryburn have done sterling work over the years encouraging youth participation in folk dance and folk arts.

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Four Hundred Roses

Formed in 2005, 400 Roses are a unique group of performers from across the region that combine UK-style folk dancing with more exotic tribal belly dance moves. When designing their costumes they decided to use an abundance of red and white silk roses appropriate to their Yorkshire & Lancashire origins, hence their name. They have been wowing the rushbearing crowds since 2008.

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Bradshaw Mummers

The Bradshaw Mummers began as a 'one-off' entertainment in 1972 and haven’t yet thought of a good reason to stop. They have been a well-loved fixture at Rushbearing for longer than anyone can remember. Essentially a street theatre group, they perform traditional and contemporary plays based on the medieval mumming traditions of death and re-birth and the triumph of good over evil. Do not miss them!

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White Rose Morris Men

The team were 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. The White Rose dancers are a familiar sight in their distinctive 'whites' with green baldrics and straw hats. White Rose promotes the South Midlands (or Cotswold) tradition 'up North' and have performed in Sweden, Jersey, Provence and Romania.

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Hebden Bridge Hill Millies

The Hill Millies are an all-female team from the nearby town of Hebden Bridge. Since forming over a decade ago they have danced in the Cotswold morris tradition as taught to them by the landlord of their local Fox & Goose public house. They have been performing at Rushbearing since 2007 and we are pleased to welcome them back again this year as they continue their mission to 'Entertain and educate the community with traditional music and dance.'

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