WISE-FHS Christmas Holiday Social

Program: Jill Maxwell – History of the Dance… With Bells On!

Time and Location: 1:30 p.m., 7th Floor Training Room, Central Denver Public Library

Jill Maxwell is a renaissance woman of many pursuits. In addition to Morris Dancing, she is interested in culture and history, public art, music and travel. She has traveled to many places including China, Japan, Africa, Germany, Mexico and all over the US. She is always intrigued by meeting new people and learning new things. She finds Morris dancing to be a great way to meet people and teach them about a little known cultural form of expression!

You may have heard (or even said) “I’ll be there with bells on.” The origin of this saying isn’t certain but those of us in the Morris community think it is about us! Morris dancing has a long tradition dating back to at least the 1400s! Come learn more about this somewhat obscure, but still widely practiced dance form. We’ll explore the origins, traditions and present-day happenings of Morris communities in the U.S. and beyond.

This is also our holiday celebration so please bring a treat reminiscent of our British Isles or Irish ancestry. Don’t worry yourself if it’s not homemade, a doofer will suffice, if it reminds ye of your ancestors!

Select the link below to download a PDF copy of the program flyer.

Jill Maxwell flyer – The History of the Dance – With Bells On!