|Sergeant Musgraves Dance - History|
Sergeant Musgrave's Dance was formed in January 1982 inspired by the enthusiasm of the Ironmen, who had been seen at Sidmouth and Derby. It started with a group of experienced dancers who wanted to dance mixed North West clog morris to a high level of precision, energy and teamwork.
Initially it started with a Lancashire tradition. Trefor Owen ran the first instructional and taught Gisburn Processional and Horwich Ritual Dance. These two dances were practised for 6 months with a debut performance by 16 dancers at a Flash Packet ceilidh. Originally intented to be a one-off performance, 21 years later Sergeant Musgrave's Dance are still going strong with over 40 current members including one original founding member.
The side's dramatic black and red kit with gold and white trimmings reflects on the military name. Wooden soled clogs are worn so the side can be heard from a distance! The dancers use sticks decorated with bells & ribbons; bobbins; slings or handkerchiefs.
A high point of the 1998 season was to be awarded the prize for 'best turned-out side' at the Morris Federation AGM.