Welcome In The Spring – Morris & Sword Dances For Children (Book)


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Compiled, Annotated and Arranged by Paul Kerlee.

With songs, vigorous leaps, claps, shouts and clashing of sticks or swords, join music educator and morris dancer Paul Kerlee as he chases away the shadows of winter and heralds the seasons in Welcome In The Spring. This is an exhilarating introduction to seasonal ritual dances that long ago grew up in the English countryside and were joyfully carried to America at the turn of the century.

For over twenty years, Paul Kerlee has been an acknowledged pioneer and primary force for bringing English morris and sword dances to children. This collection may be used with children in upper elementary school and higher, or by adults seeking a satisfying entry into the world of morris dance. Sing in the seasons, or accompany your May Day celebrations with truly authentic dances.

The 9″ x 12″ spiral-bound book includes:

Copy-OK musical transcriptions and optional Orff instrument settings for 15 clapping, stick, sword, and hanky dances

Complete dance descriptions for all dances; accessible, authentic arrangements

Glossary of dance steps, customs and costumes

A brief history of morris dancing

How to get started with morris and sword dancing in your school or community

Hints for teaching each dance

The companion CD(s) includes:

CD #1 – Lively, full-length performances of all dances by well-known morris musicians (including Leah Barkan, Jody Kruskal, Betsy Blachly and Marnen Laibow-Koser) playing accordion, concertina, pipe and tabor, and fiddle. Suitable for listening appreciation, practice or performance.

CD #2 – Full-length Orff instrument demos of all dances, suitable for practice or performance.

The Dances:

Peopleton Stick Dance

North Skeleton Sword Dance

Rigs O’Marlow

Bean Setting

Shepherd’s Hey


Bromsberrow Heath

Constant Billy (Adderbury)

Constant Billy (Headington)

Lads A-Buchum

Beaux of London City

Jenny Lind

The Boghouse Door


The Fool’s Jig

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