About us

Betty Windsor in Warwick Street, Worthing
South Australia, our signature dance

Who are we?

Worthing Larks, based in West Sussex, is a team of dedicated people who share the common interest of Morris dancing and folk tradition. We are a friendly and totally inclusive bunch who welcome anyone from complete beginners to experienced dancers and musicians, from age 13+. We meet every week throughout the year to practice. We dance out both locally and further afield at ‘Days of dance’.

Having originally been set up as a mixed team within Sompting Village Morris in 2015 and once known as the Sompting Larks, we recently became independent. As of July 2020 we are a side within our own right and now call ourselves Worthing Larks as we practice and perform in the Worthing area.

We have incorporated the Sompting Morris Minors, who you can see dancing in their old SVM kit as a separate junior Side in some of the photos in the gallery. Since becoming part of Worthing Larks, they have fully embraced dancing alongside the adult members and wear the Larks kit with pride.

We dance a mixture of Cotswold, Border and our own traditional dances of the Broadwater tradition. Having a well-travelled Foreman, we also perform dances from as far away as Lilongwe in Malawi. We strive to make even our most traditional dances our own.

Where do we practice?

Worthing Larks are practicing every week at Downsbrook Primary School in Worthing, West Sussex. We are currently practicing outdoors on a Tuesday evening, but hope that we will be able to return to dancing inside again once the school’s hiring agreements have been rewritten to cover any new Covid related requirements.

If you are interested in giving Morris dancing a try, do please let us know via our Contact Us page so that we can keep in touch and let you know when our next ‘Morris Taster Session’ is happening.

Please be assured that we are following Government guidelines during the current pandemic, and we have a risk assessment in place for all our practices. If you would like to take a look at this risk assessment, or any of our other policies, then you can find them here.

“Morris Dancing is the original street dance…”

Isobel Pope
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