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Adam Hughes

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Pam Frost wrote:
> Does anyone know if Scottish dancing is in any way
> linked to Morris dancing and/or to fertility rites?
> I'm doing some research and really want to know.

As one of the many who dance both, I can only echo
what Pat and Anselm have said...

1) there is no link between Morris and fertility rites
(except in the fertile imaginations of 19th century
authors). Morris dancing was mostly sponsored by the
Church of England thoughout the last 4 centuries (give
or take Cromwell and the 20th century).

2) there is some evidence of links between certain
types of British Morris dance and certain types of
British Country dancing - eg the East Anglian "Molly"
dance repertoire contains the "College Hornpipe" which
is also in the SCD repertoire. The dances really are
very similar (the SCD one is 8 bars longer, for
Hello-Goodbye setting).

3) The (R)SCDS starting in the 20's was almost
certainly connected to the similar movement in the
first decade of the 20th century in England, initially
focusing on Morris Dancing. Many people have been
active in both spheres in the intervening century.

4) Both types of dance have many people currently
writing new dances and there is cross fertilisation.

Since you are posting here, you might also like to
guage the opinion of Morris dancers on the Morris
Dance Discussion List. Visit
http://web.syr.edu/~hytelnet/mddl/.

Another good resource is EFDSS (http://www.efdss.org),
who are nothing to do with either Morris dancing or
Scottish dancing, but do have a big library with all
sorts of stuff in it.

Adam
Cambridge, UK.

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