Who are The Jersey Lilies?
The Jersey Lilies are an all female side who are keeping the English Tradition of Morris Dancing alive and well in Jersey. There is, admittedly, no actual history of Morris dancing in the Channel Islands however our side has been around for over thirty years, so that must count.
Our repertoire is made up of dances from different traditions from all over England. We’re a bit magpie-like and if we see a dance we like we add it to our books. We like variety and we think this makes for a varied and entertaining programme for ourselves and our public. We even have a dance that one of our side has choreographed in our own Jersey Lily style!
Can you join us?
Yes please! We are always on the lookout for new recruits to join the dancers or the musicians. You don’t need to have beards or beer bellies like some of our male counterparts but you do need to have a little bit of the exhibitionist in you. This helps us to have the self confidence to dance out in public dressed in our distinctive black and red kit with jingling bells and sticks to clash.
During the winter we practice every Wednesday evening at Samares School and this is the ideal time to join us. If you’d like to come along to one of our practices to see what it’s all about please feel free to get in touch using our Contact page.
Love folk traditions but not interesting in joining in? Come and watch us!
In the summer we unleash ourselves on our adoring public every Wednesday evening and we can also be seen at a variety of local events. If you just want to see what we do please do come along to one and say hi. To find us check out our programme on the Calendar page or look at our Facebook page.
You will find that we are a friendly bunch of women of all ages and professions who love to dance and perform even though some us had no idea what we were letting ourselves in for when we joined. We were hooked once we discovered that Morris Dancing is much more fun and way less expensive than going to the gym.