Crook is proud of the unique traditional Morris dance heritage to be found in England and we perform four of the different dance forms.
The key aim of the side is to dance as well as we can, then we love to entertain our audience and last but not least we aim to have as much fun ourselves as possible.
The dances originate from particular areas of England.
Firstly the Cotswolds (Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Warwickshire) give us the core of our dances. These have the archetypal image of The English Morris Dance with jingling bells, clashing sticks and fluttering handkerchiefs.
The three counties that border with Wales (Shropshire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire) provide our Border style dances. These are simpler and more raucous than the Cotswold.
The North East has its own Rapper Sword Dances. These are danced with flexible swords.
We also have our own dances, including ‘Knickers in The Hedgerow’, that several other sides have taken up.