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Welcome in the Spring
Morris and Sword Dances for Children with optional Orff instrument settings
Compiled, anotated and arranged by Paul Kerlee
Book and 2 CDs
66 pages
All dances are traditional, and came to America from England at the turn of the century. Morris dances are from southern England (probably originated in Spain - the Moors), are performed primarily in the spring, and were not written down until the early 1900's. Sword dances originated in northern England and were usually performed midwinter. Includes dance instructions, Orff instrument settings, and context.

One CD has performances by Morris musicians; the other has the pieces again using Orff instruments.   

For grades 4-5 (and up)  

Brief History of the Morris
Teaching Notes
How to Begin
Glossary of Morris Steps Figures & Terms
Notes on Dances
The Morris Call
The Mayer's Carol
The Dances:
   Peopleton Stick Dance
    North Skelton Sword Dance
    Rigs O'Marlow
    Bean Setting
    Shepherd's Hey
    Bromsberrow Heath
    Constant Billy (Adderbury)
    Constant Billy (Headington)
    Lads A-Bunchum
    Beaux of London City
    Jenny Lind
    The Boghouse Door
    The Fool's Jig
Selected Bibliography/Discography


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Great choice of dances, plus CD to go with them.
Helen R on Apr 1, 2013
When the intro says that "all dances are traditional, and came to America from England at the turn of the century," to what century does the author refer?
Julie J on Mar 10, 2013
Best Answer: Well, English Morris dances are some of the oldest dances from that region - the North Skeleton Sword Dance was recorded at least as far back as 600 years ago. So, short answer, 1400's?
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