Phil Preen

Phil Preen

Sergeant Musgraves Dance

Sergeant Musgraves Dance are a mixed Northwest morris side. Mixed means that we have both men and women dancers, and Northwest indicates that we perform dances based on those originating in the Northwest of England. The name of the side is taken (with permission) from the play by John Arden.

The first Northwest morris dance I did was Poulton-le-Fylde which was taught by Musgraves to Anstey Royale Chalfont. At the time I was a musician with Chalfont. Later when Chalfont were short of numbers they taught me some of their dances, but I only danced out occasionally because they didn't really want men in the side. So in 2003 (??) I left Chalfont and joined Musgraves.

In 2004 I taught Musgraves a dance called High Sharpley which I had written a few years earlier for Anstey Royale Chalfont. Chalfont only danced it out a few times, but the dance seems to suit Musgraves style better, and is now one of the dances we perform regularly. I have also written another dance for Musgraves called Low Row which is also danced regularly.

In 2008 I became foreman (dance teacher) for Sergeant Musgraves.

If you would like to come and see us perform, or come along to practice and consider joinnig the side. Take a look at the details on the Sergeant Musgraves Dance website and follow the links to the events page or the practice page.