The Binghamton Morris Men

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are you doing?
A: This is morris dancing, a very old tradition of dance and music. Shakespeare mentions morris dancing in several plays, and one of his actors, Will Kemp, was a famous “morrice dauncer”.
Q: Who are you guys?
A: We’re the Binghamton Morris Men. Founded in 1973, the Binghamton Morris Men are the oldest locally based morris team in North America.
Q: Where does morris dancing come from?
A: The dances that we do come from small villages around Oxford in the south of England. Other similar dances can be found throughout the British Isles and in many other countries in Europe.
Q: Why is it called morris dancing?
A: Nobody knows. Anyone who says otherwise is a liar.
Q: I see that you have women playing your music. Do they ever dance with you?
A: Some of them dance with the local women’s team, the excellent BF Harridans. Our two groups are friends and tour together every year in October.
Q: Why do you wear the funny clothing — the whites with the ribbons?
A: To attract attention, silly. Hey, it worked didn’t it?
Q: Where is Binghamton?
A: In rural upstate New York directly south of Syracuse, right next to the long, straight Pennsylvania border. Beautiful country.
Q: Would you dance at an event I’m planning?
A: We’d seriously consider it. Scheduling is always chancy and having a reasonable size audience (20 or more) helps motivate us.
Q: Why do you do this?
A: We dance the Morris because we enjoy dancing it. Truth be told, we’re a bunch of free spirits reveling in this unique form of self expression. Intrigued? You can contact us by emailing Ken Kearns, or see our Facebook page.
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Written by binghamtonmorris

October 5, 2010 at 8:34 pm