Here is a photograph of the ‘Sidmouth Steppers’ who were present amongst lots of other Morris Dance sides at the Swanage Folk Festival last weekend. On the Saturday, the dancers take part in a procession which is a colourful feast for the eyes and attracts large crowds.
Usually we position ourselves further down the procession route but it’s quite difficult to get a clear shot of the dancers, so this year I sat on a boulder near the start where the dancers line up ready to go. I also decided to focus on the dancers’ feet. It was difficult deciding whether to post a B&W conversion or the full colour version which is very bright – the costumes are red, white and blue. The B&W won out today as it’s a bit less distracting than the colour and I wanted the focus on the legs and arms.
The Sidmouth Steppers – although wearing clogs – aren’t clog dancers but follow the North West Morris tradition. More information can be found on their website: Sidmouth Steppers.