Forty Years Dancing
The team will be dancing at these events
Sept 1 - 4
Toronto Morris Ale
Foggy Bottom Morris Ale
Phoenixville Firebird Festival
Foggy Bottom Ale
October 7, '17
Kingsessing joined the Foggy Bottom Morris
Men at Fel's Point, in Baltimore, to dance in
celebration of the their 40th anniversary along with another four morris teams. The dancing
was interspersed with pub stops and ending in a joyous dinner hosted by Foggy Bottom.
Dancing Out at the Toronto Morris Ale in
September 3, '17
A weekend of dancing with a dozen morris teams
brought a lot of enjoyment to over a
hundred dancers and musicians. Kingsessing took the opportunity to share its new
dance, Silurian Kiss, with the wonderful tune by the same name written for it by Rik Bourne.
Belmont Plateau, in Fairmount Park, at dawn
Kingsessing cellfie at Bryn Mawr College
April 30, 2017
May Day at Belmont Plateau, in Fairmount Park,
Kingsessing and Renegade morris teams along with May pole dancers and many others
celebrating the begninning of planting season.
The Kingsessing Morris Men dancing at Bryn
May Day celebration
Mummers Day Parade 2017
Kingsessing made it clear that they did not appreciate the
Mummers paraders how to behave when they danced out on Broad Street
on New Year's Day.
The team took 2nd place in group competition out of 13 entries. No prize,
just bragging rights.
Listen to an Interview with
Kingsessing, and Mike McGrath
just before May Day, about 10 years ago on
You Bet Your Garden
on WHYY radio
Mummers Day Parade 2016
The Kmen's thematic dance in 2016 paired the
destruction of the worldly traveling Hitchbot when it
came to Philadelphia during the summer and the Pope's good will visit to the city later in early fall.
Both visits were intended as something positive to benefit humanity and that was something
Kingsessing wanted to celebrate a little more.
DANCING at the FARM
January 25, 2015 Princeton, N.J.
Terhune Orchards held their annual Wassail event and both
Handsome Molly and the K-men came
out to dance and wish the crops a great spring growing season as well as provide some entertainment for
the onlookers. As you surely are aware morris dancing is supposed to help everything grow larger.
One of the morris dancers wished everyone a good snowstorm and apparently from current weather
forecasts they'll have a lovely snowstorm at this point.
PERFORMING IN THE MUMMERS
Borrowing the tune from the Monty Python sketch, 'I'm a Lumberjack',
the K-men added
a new dimension to their annual participation in the Mummers Day Parade that had
spectators looking twice when the team pulled out bras to demonstrate part of the lyrics.
Watch the team dance and click below
Click below for more
|About morris dancing|
originated in England about 800 years ago, before Christianity took
a solid hold on the countryside. The dancing was done at springtime
by the farmers to celebrate the planting season and the "rebirth"
of life. The spirits of the sun, rain, and earth were called upon to
be plentiful to the folk who worshipped them.
Kingsessing Morris Men springs from Philadelphia and the surrounding areas from where it began in 1977. The team's dancing was originally done in the springtime with vigor, in the hopes that the planting season will be bountiful, and that those who view the dance will have good fortune. Bells are worn on the knees to wake the ground. Through the years the dancing has evolved into a year long tradition, dancing for any festive occasion that could bring enjoyment
handkerchiefs beckon the sun to shine, and the sticks chase the evil
spirits from below to awaken the earth. The team dances primarily in
the spring touring to parks, schools and the city; but also performs
during the other seasons too at various festivities such as fairs, weddings,
and get-togethers. The team dances regularly in the Philadelphia Mummers
Day Parade, and lately in the Phoenixville, PA, Firebird Festival in
The team is currently accepting new members who will be instructed n the styles of Bleddington, Ducklington, and Fieldtown traditions. Practice is on Monday nights from September through May near Ardmore, Pa.
Who are the K-men?
This is back in 2001, when the team danced at a public school in Philadelphia on May Day. Folks often ask why members of the team dance morris. Reasons vary but for just about everyone who does it the common theme is they're having fun.
The team's first kit (uniform)
sported knickers and suspenders. This was May Day
at Bryn Mawr College, as the team began their second year performing.