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The Buttercross Belles

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Summer Evening Dance outs starting on Thurs 9 June

Posted by Hannah on June 8, 2022 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (361)

Through June and July, the Buttercross Belles are delighted to be out  and about dancing on Thursday evenings around Otley & Ilkley, from 7.30 to 9.00 pm. We will be joined by other local Morris sides for many of the danceouts. Do come along, and think about joining us at the beginning of our practice season in September. New dancers (women only) and musicians (men too) always welcome


Dancing at Bolton Abbey Sunday 27 March 2022

Posted by Hannah on March 24, 2022 at 6:50 AM Comments comments (1328)

The Belles will be celebrating Mothers' Day this weekend with our traditional danceout by the Cavendish Pavilion at Bolton Abbey. Catch us there between 1 & 1.30 and 2.30  & 3 pm on Sunday afternoon. So excited to be back after a gap of two years!

Belle's feature in 'Sounds of Britain' video

Posted by Janet Hindle on March 5, 2021 at 3:25 AM Comments comments (42188)

Back in the days of”normal “ life with no social distancing, masks or lockdowns we spent our Thursday evenings performing at various local spots with our Morris friends from other teams. In Leeds we met Paul Cheese, a touring cyclist who was recording Sounds of Britain. Delighted to say we feature in his video,https://youtu.be/hh3oOYgmidE" target="_blank"> https://youtu.be/hh3oOYgmidE


Summer evening danceouts

Posted by Janet Hindle on May 13, 2020 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (2604)

At this time of year, The Buttercross Belles would be looking forward to spending Thursday evenings in June and July, dancing out at pubs, parks and other venues, in the company of dancers from other Morris teams.

Sadly that won't be possible this year. We're looking forward to being back out dancing in summer 2021 and hope to see you then.


A very different May Day Celebration

Posted by Janet Hindle on May 4, 2020 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (5841)

Although sadly there could be no community dancing at Otley's historic Maypole this year, The Buttercross Belles, Otley’s north west Morris team, together with dancing friends from Wayzgoose, found other ways to mark and celebrate May Day. The Maypole, at Cross Green was decorated with flowers by dancers on their daily exercise. A few Belles were up before dawn, in their gardens or taking a walk with their household, to dance up and welcome the summer sun in the traditional way in Otley, Shipley and Spofforth.

More Belles up and down the Wharfe and Aire valleys joined in later in the morning, dancing at home. Homemade maypoles were constructed and lego models made, to celebrate the traditional customs in new ways.

Jaci Bowman, the Buttercoss Belles’ Squire, said ‘This was a very different May Day for all of us. Although we couldn’t dance together, the Belles and friends from Wayzgoose found inventive ways of coming together and marking the day. We look forward to dancing out before too long and gathering at the Otley Maypole to celebrate in a more traditional way next May.’

 

Happy May Day 2020 & welcome to summer

Posted by Janet Hindle on May 1, 2020 at 3:35 AM Comments comments (298)

Although sadly there can be no community dancing at Otley's historic Maypole today, Buttercross Belles, together with dancing friends from Wayzgoose, have been finding other ways to mark and celebrate May Day.  The Maypole, at Cross Green has been decorated with flowers by dancers on their daily exercise.  A few Belles were up before dawn, in their gardens or taking a walk with their household, to dance up and welcome the summer sun in the traditional way.  Buttercross Belles will also be dancing at home at 11 am.

Come to a Buttercross Belles Taster Session this September

Posted by Janet Hindle on September 2, 2019 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (3158)

The Buttercross Belles, Otley’s North West Morris women’s dance team, is holding FREE taster sessions on Thursday 19th and 26th September 2019 from 7.30-9.30 pm.

We meet for practice every Thursday during term time at St Joseph’s Primary School in the centre of Otley (Manor Square, LS21 3AP).

Come and try some stepping and learn a dance or you can join in the band. Musicians, men as well as women, are very welcome too.

It’s great fun and fantastic exercise. You don’t need any previous experience.

We enjoy dancing and playing music locally and at events further afield. Find out more about us at: www.buttercrossbelles.com

Interested in giving it a go? Contact Jaci Bowman: [email protected] and come along to a taster session if you can.


Come and join in the Maypole Dancing Wed 1 May 2019, 6 -7.30 pm

Posted by Janet Hindle on April 2, 2019 at 4:10 AM Comments comments (950)

The Buttercross Belles invite everyone to come and join us for our popular community May Day event at the Otley Maypole, at Cross Green, Leeds Rd, Otley.

There will be lots of opportunity for everyone, children and adults alike, to join in the dances with colourful ribbons to celebrate the 1st of May in the traditional way.

The Belles will also entertain with some demonstration dances.

We will be at the Maypole in the evening from 6 to 7.30 pm, do come and join us.


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