We are Beltane Border
Beltane was originally formed in October 2000 as an all-female side called Iron Maidens. However, in September 2001 after their first year and due to small numbers and injuries they had to recruit male dancers to honour their commitments, and Beltane Border Morris as it is today was born. Iron Maidens had started with a creed of ‘women with attitude’ and this has been maintained in Beltane.
Beltane is a Border Morris side. Dancing in the Border style with our own ideas and style overlaid on that promoted by the like of John Kirkpatrick and recorded by Dave Jones, Maud Karpeles and Roy Dommett. The black faces and tatter coats hide the identity of individual dancers, assertive movements resemble the rushing rivers and unrelenting wild moorland winds; while motionless our eerie distant moorland gaze is otherworldly.
Some dances are taken from notes recording original border dances; others are unique to the side. All dances are performed using sticks.
Come and see us perform live at a pub out on Thursday evenings during the summer, or at one of the summer festivals anywhere in the country (also see our LIVE section for full details).We hibernate in the winter to train up new dancers, write new dances, emerging only for special winter occasions such as the Wassail in January.
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