Then there was a morris dance, with tabor and pipe, the dancers wearing purple scarfs and half-shirts.
To-day, the morris dance is completely self-conscious, stiff, and ugly.
The lads and lassies sang carols, played at such games as kiss-in-the-ring, and danced the morris dance.
The morris dance is essentially a manifestation of vigour rather than of grace.
The tantara changes to a graceful and yet hilarious dance chorus, “A morris dance must you entrance,” sung fortissimo.
This is probably true of all country dances: it is pre-eminently true of the morris dance.
It was an old English dance, called a "morris dance," with a lilt and a tilt which set all feet a-going.
The morris dance, in short, is a perfect expression in rhythm and movement of the English character.
But the morris dance—it was the dances that Kingston would spend money upon.
The morris dance (fig. 50) shows us the development that had taken place since the fourteenth century.
mid-15c., moreys daunce "Moorish dance," from Flemish mooriske dans, from Old French morois "Moorish, Arab, black," from More "Moor" (see Moor). Unknown why the English dance was called this, unless in reference to fantastic dancing or costumes (cf. Italian Moresco, a related dance, literally "Moorish;" German moriskentanz, French moresque).