The Men of Wight Mixed Morris are a team (or side) of Morris Dancers, who live and dance on the Isle of Wight. Despite the name, we are in fact a mixed side - as at Autumn 2019 we have two female dancers, and would love to welcome more.
The side was formed in 1970, and has been dancing solidly ever since. At that time, Morris dancing was seen as very much a male-only pursuit, so the name Men of Wight was entirely appropriate. However, times have changed and now we comprise both men and women dancers. We have not changed our name, as it's what we've always been known as, and our lady members are quite happy to dance under our Men name!
The dances we perform come mostly from the Cotswolds, though there are a few from elsewhere in the country, and we have even been known to do the odd bit of sword dancing. We perform on Thursday evenings from May to September, normally at one pub at 8:00 pm and another at 9:00, and at the occasional weekend do. From October to April we practice indoors instead.
On the Island, the side has close links with the Oyster Girls and the Wight Bells, two ladies' teams that dance the North-West Morris, Bloodstone Border and Moonshine Border who both dance in the exuberant Welsh-border style, Guith Carnival Morris who dance a mixture of Cotswold and Border, Whitgar Morris who are a mixed side dancing mainly Cotswold Morris, as well as Mr Baker's Dozen, who perform a mixture of dances including various sorts of Morris.
Note: Moonshine Border can be found on Facebook, if you're a Facebook user.