Morris dancing is as English as the village green and the country pub, it is centuries old with references dating back to 1380. King Charles II was greeted by Morris dancers at Blackheath, then part of Kent, on his return from exile in France.
West Hill Morris are from Dartford in Kent, and take their name from that of West Hill School, where a parents side was formed in 1983. They practice from September to April on alternate Tuesday evenings at Bexley.
West Hill dance Cotswold style and perform Mummers Plays for Christmas, New Year and for St George's Day. From sun-up on the First of May, West Hill can be found dancing out at Fetes, Festivals, Pubs and Clubs throughout Kent and the South East.
West Hill are a mixed side, so ladies and gentlemen, if you are interested in joining our side, as a dancer or a musician, and help maintain our English heritage, ask any of us for details.
Each year West Hill choose a charity or school to dance for .... this year it's Ellenor Hospice at Home in Orpington, Kent.
So, if you've enjoyed the performance, please drop any contribution in the hat or tea-pot. And may joints jingle like our bells!!!
We're always looking for new Members and Musicians to join us !!! The main requirement is enthusiasm.
The dances are easily learned over a period of time. So, get in touch if you'd like to come and see us, or ask any of the players ....