January 31, 2020

Dolphin helps Kingston celebrate National Village Hall Week

It was a real pleasure for us to be invited to dance at Kingston on Soar Village Hall - our practice venue for more seasons than most of us care to remember - on Saturday (25th January) to help the village celebrate National Village Hall Week 2020! Eight of us danced for a small but appreciative crowd at the hall in the afternoon. Of the various stalls the cake stall seemed to be the one that most attracted the men... the lemon drizzle being particularly popular! We wish the hall committee all success in fund-raising for improvements to to the hall's facilities.

December 22, 2019

Doug debuts and Three Kings test the innkeeper's patience at The Vic, Beeston

Yesterday, Dolphin joined Lady Bay Revellers, Mortimer's Morris, Sullivan's Sword, Whip The Cat Rapper & Clog and members of Ripley Morris , or the official start of Christmas - The Revs' annual Christmas Revels at The Victoria, Beeston! The occasion marked new member Doug Fazzani's first dance out with the side - well done Doug! - and also showcased the side's acting talents, providing a formidable Three Kings for a touching Nativity play. All followed by rousing carols in the main bar, then more dancing from Revellers, a rapper & clog from Whip The Cat, Wil's fiddle jig and a few tunes and songs as the revellers drifted away. Another great day. Many thanks to Lady Bay Revellers. [Some photos opposite]

December 06, 2019

Celebrating the Festive Season in Traditional style

Thursday 12th December will be the last practice night before our Christmas break.


On 19th we hold our annual Christmas Carols and Party Night, in the company of family and friends of the side, carolling into the night at The Sun Inn, Gotham. 

Then, we are really looking forward to joining Lady Bay Revellers, along with other local Morris dance sides, for their annual festive gathering at The Victoria, Beeston on Saturday 21st December - the 'official' start to Christmas! Dancing starts at 12 noon followed, after lunch, by hearty carol singing in the pub - and maybe some more dancing - into the afternoon. All welcome!

Our practice season resumes on 9th January.

November 01, 2019

Practice season brings record turn-outs

For the second time this season, enough dancers last night for two sets up and three musicians.  We added a new dance to our repertoire: the famous Riggs of Doom, a dance in the style of Bampton written by Utrecht Morris Men to a lovely original tune - one to look out for next summer! 

And, it you're thinking of joining, it's still not too late - just come along to Kingston-on-Soar Village Hall on a Thursday evening, or contact:

Martin on 07599 969731



or email

Nick or Dave


September 14, 2019

Fancy joining us? Now's the perfect time

The practise season is now well underway and we welcome new recruits (dancers, musicians or both). You will have the whole of the winter to get up to speed with Dolphin dancing style and could be dancing out with us by May 2020.

Dolphin practice every Thursday until the end of April at Kingston on Soar Village Hall.

Jigs, basic stepping, points of style etc. from 7:30. This tends to allow more personal instructions. 

Set dances from about 8:00.

We then recover from the ordeal with a drink at a local pub and often have music and song sessions as part of that.

We are a Cotswold Morris side for male dancers. New dancers or experienced adult male dancers are welcome to join us as well as musician of either sex. We are also happy to put you in touch with other local sides that are all male, all female, or mixed, and which dance Cotswold or any of the other various Morris traditions.

If you want to chat with someone before you come, call

Martin on 07599 969731



or email

Nick or Dave


August 05, 2019

Toby Melville, superbly played for by dad Jon, won this years single jig competition in Sidmouth with a superbly athletic and stylish performance. Well done Toby, amazing leaps! Excellent.

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Dolphin is a men's Cotswold Morris side

Women musicians are very welcome, but we are a single-sex (male) dancing side.

Sorry Ladies! Do call us though and we can put you in touch with loads of good
ladies' or mixed sides, if you wish.


We dance a number of traditions (including Adderbury, Fieldtown, Headington Quarry, Bledington, Bampton, Ilmington and 

Lichfield) and have members who hail from all over Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire.


From September to April we practise at Kingston-on-Soar Village Hall

(near J24 of the M1) and recover from the ordeal with a pint and, usually, a few tunes and songs in a local pub.


In January we generally perform a Plough play and throughout May, June and July we dance out at pubs and events around  Nottinghamshire, as well as the Leicestershire, Derbyshire and  Lincolnshire borders; after which we usually like to try and get a good singing and music session going.