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The Buttercross Belles


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New Year resolution - to get fitter? Dance with the Buttercross Belles

Posted by Janet Hindle on December 16, 2015 at 12:20 PM Comments comments (51)

Come along on Thursday 7th & 14th January 2016, 8-10 pm to give Morris dancing a try with The Buttercross Belles, when we will be practising stepping and learning a new dance.

Contact Clare King: [email protected]

Practices are held at: St Joseph’s School, Manor Square, Otley, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS21 3AP

Get fit, make new friends, Morris dance, come and give it a try!:)


Otley Street Fair / Tour de Yorkshre

Posted by Hannah on May 4, 2015 at 12:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Its been a busy weekend for the Buttercross Belles.

We had a fantastic Mayday with the local children from Otley, joining us at the Maypole.

..and then Sunday was spent at theOtley Street Fair / Tour de Yorkshre

Mayday 2014

Posted by Hannah on May 2, 2014 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (54)

The Buttercross Belles celebrated Mayday dancing traditional Maypole dances around the Maypole in Otley. A big thank you goes to Anita from Wayzgoose who kindly called the maypole dances, and to Flash Company who joined us for the evening. We had a good number of local school children and their parents and even Otley local MP, Greg Milholland came out to wat...

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Posted by Hannah on April 27, 2014 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (12)

So the new season is upon us, and from a winter of practices, and learning a new dance we are now ready!

 So far we have had a lovely dance out at fountains abbey, where our lovely new dancer, Jaci showed um how to do it and yesterday we enjoyed a trip to Harrogate and Knaresborough to dance at Betty Luptons Day of dance. It was a very enjoyable with Betty's, Flag and bone, and Hornbeam Molly.

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Open Session

Posted by Lucy on September 21, 2011 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (1)

On Thursday 29th September, we will be holding an open session for anyone to come along and have a go at traditional North West Morris Dancing.

Whether you are an experienced dancer or complete beginner, we would love to see everyone there.

We will meet at 7.30pm at St Joseph's School in Otley.

If you are a musician looking to join a group then you would also be very welcome to come along.

All you need are your dancing feet.

Prague Folklore Days 27th July - 31st July 2011

Posted by Lucy on September 19, 2011 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (0)


On 27th July 2011 we were invited to the ‘Folklore Days’ dance festival in Prague. We set off for a nice afternoon flight and arrived in Prague just in time for some well needed dinner and a sample of Czech beer.

 Julie-Belle and Lesley-Belle sampling the Czech beer.


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Heritage Arts Festival, Ripon, May 31

Posted by Linda on June 2, 2011 at 3:54 PM Comments comments (0)

On a lovely sunny afternoon in Ripon the BBs danced at the HeArts Festival held at the Workhouse Museum.  During the intervals we were able to view some of the traditional craft activities as they were demonstrated; these included coracle making, wood turning and rag rugging.  Afterwards we were all invited to Gill's Mum's home where Nell had prepared delicious cakes and tea for us - the calories lost dancing were soon replaced..........


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May Day at dawn

Posted by Linda on May 3, 2011 at 5:46 PM Comments comments (0)

Lesley writes: "3:15 a.m. – kit check – thermals, extra vest, extra tee-shirt, fleece, gilet, scarf, gloves, flask of tea (perhaps containing something extra) and of course – the torch ! Why? – because it is that time of year again. The 1st of May when the Buttercross Belles (or at least those not quick witted enough to claim a previous commitment) assemble in the dark at the top of the Chevin to welcome in the Mayday. We were joined by Briggate and Wayzgoose and what ...

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Oxford Folk Weekend

Posted by [email protected] on April 23, 2011 at 5:39 AM Comments comments (0)

It was sunny when we got to Oxford and we danced with lot's of teams. On the Saturday we took part in a mass dance at the castle with all the other teams there on that day. We went to Pizza Express and some people then went to the celidh. Everyone who had been good got a small chocolate egg from Susan, but because I'd been EXTRA good I got a big one with my name on it. It was magic! Everyone who went had a brilliant time and we can't wait to go back next year.

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W. I. Hampsthwaite

Posted by Linda on April 7, 2011 at 3:26 AM Comments comments (51)

We were made very welcome at the Women's Institute meeting in the beautiful village of Hampswaite on Monday evening.  We performed a selection of dances for the group and inbetween each one our Squire, Susan, gave a potted history of Morris Dancing and explained the different Morris traditions and styles of dancing.  The session concluded with some of the women joining the BBs for Greenham - and very accomplished they were! 

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