Thursday, 14 June 2012

Chandos Five Dance

One of my favorite Morris dances that Briggate dance is Chandos Five. The dance is set up with the five dancers in the figure of a cross, facing inwards and each dancer has a name for the figure she dances; pick-up, arches, twiddle, windows and reel.

Though it took a while to learn (I only had chance to dance it through twice at a practice and since then have had to muddle through at dance outs) now I know it well it has become very fun to dance and the various circles and arcs made as we move have played on my mind. I dreamt about the patterns it would make if you drew the dance out and Phil helped me make an image to represent this:

I would like to film some dances from above to try and create some images which show the patterns the dances make as I thought the Chandos pattern looked extremely beautiful.

We use bobbins with bells and ribbons on for a lot of our dances, North West style Morris is derived from the parade dances of mill workers, which also gives us the wooden clogs. Some people say the steps of some dances are supposed to echo the sound of the mill machinery, perhaps a little of the weaving patterns made it's way into the dances too. 


  1. Hello!

    I love your blog! I actually posted below under your picture of the Sorcerer's Apprentice doors - by chance I had my haircut in the barbers beside the shop and had a chat about Chris with the barber. I've also been reading Almias and think what you're doing with rural psychogeography is fantastic. I live in Leeds working as a psychiatrist and have a (consuming) interest in Magic. I'm just finishing an Masters and my research project has involved me interviewing significant magicians practicing in the UK. However, I don't know any other magicians in Leeds. If you did fancy meeting or communicating, my email is With a bit of notice I can usually get some leave from childcare to spend a few hours in a pub - and I notice you've recently started playing the Grove, where we used to attend every Open Mic before siring children. Warm regards and thanks for your beautiful and inspiring blog. Turlough

  2. Hi Turlough,

    Thanks for the lovely comments, always glad to hear from those with a similar interest in magic, my partner (Phil Legard, has long thought about starting a project interviewing people of interest who were involved in the magic scene in the 80s around the Leeds area because there were a lot of 'characters', so its good to hear that you are doing it! Excellent news. We should definitely meet up for a chat, equally childcare is slightly prohibitive for us but I'll email you in the near future and sort something out.

    Sorry if I missed your previous comment too! I never seem to get notifications for those and hardly ever check.


  3. Thank you for the message! Hope I get to meet you and Phil sometime soon, I'll look forward to your email!