About Pokingbrook Morris Dancers
Pokingbrook Morris Dancers is a joint team comprised of separate men’s and women’s sides under a single Squire. We perform Cotswold dances from Adderbury, Bucknell, and Ducklington (men) and Bampton, Fieldtown, and Lichfield (women), and Beverwyck (our homegrown tradition) at local fairs, festivals, and pubs in the upper Hudson River Valley and Capital District of New York State, in the USA. Our dancing season runs from late April to mid-June and again in late September and October. In colder months we practice and perform our winter traditions: the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance, various Border dances, and the Kirkby-Malzeard longsword dance. We also travel to ales whenever we can.
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The Pokingbrook Morris Dancers are dedicated to the traditional dances of England. The team’s purpose is to encourage, perpetuate, and maintain old traditional English dances through their study, practice, and live performance. Pokingbrook’s present home is in Albany, otherwise known as the Capital Region of New York State. Members live and work in and around Albany, but some come from as far as Oneonta, Schuylerville, and Galway.
Pokingbrook starts its main dancing season at dawn on May Day, May 1st, each year with a performance in Washington Park in Albany at the Moses statue. We also dance in the fall and winter, featuring such other English dance traditions as Border Morris, the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance, and longsword dancing.
Pokingbrook was born in 1975 from the efforts of a dedicated group of musicians and folk artists who benefited from experiences at Pinewoods Camp of the Country Dance and Song Society (CDSS) and the Fox Hollow Folk Festival in eastern New York State. The team takes its name from the towns of Poughkeepsie, Kingston and Millbrook, located in the Hudson River valley about 100 miles north of New York City.
Pokingbrook is a not-for-profit organization registered with the State Department of the State of New York. Donations are encouraged to maintain the dances as a living art and a viable tradition. Donations and trusts are tax-deductible.