Our repertoire also includes some dances similar in Cotswold style that are, however unique to Horsham. These dances originated from a single dance conceived, written and performed in 1979 to celebrate fifty years since the death of Lucy Broadwood, a local collector of folklore around the early part of the twentieth century.
Over the following years a further eight dances were written and choreographed for performances in and around Sussex. The Horsham Black Dragon Morris can be seen performing many of these dances or variations thereof.
With over 39 years previous dancing experience, it fortuitously coincides that one of our founder members, Barry Dewdney was responsible back in the late seventies for creating these unique dances. The original hand written transcripts for these dances are now secured in the Horsham Black Dragon's Morris archives, and as a consequence these dances have found a ‘new home’ and become widely known as the ‘Horsham Tradition’. See Video page in the 'drop down' menu above. All of these dances or their accompanying music have strong connections with local names or places within the Horsham area. Examples include ‘Lucy of Lyne, ‘Down the Causeway’ and ‘Old Dan Roberts', (named after Horsham’s last Town Crier), just to mention a few.
This continually evolving tradition is currently being danced by many ‘sides’ throughout the UK and in countries as far afield as Australia, New Zealand and the USA. This represents an achievement in itself for both Horsham and Morris dancing.
It is envisaged that the Horsham Black Dragon Morris will increase the number of dances in this unique tradition.