A Morris Dance troupe for grades 5-12
first act of the Christmas Revels.
Members will learn a repertoire of dances, and develop a team culture while learning traditional techniques and Morris dance variations. The team completed its pilot season in the spring of 2017 and looks forward to expanding this fall. As the team develops, we will have more opportunities to dance alongside adult teams in the area as well as with other youth teams. Revels Youth Morris Team will be welcomed not just as members of the Revels community but of the larger Morris dancing community.
The team will be lead by Libby Chamberlin of the Rock Creek Morris Women and Gus Voorhees of the Foggy Bottom Morris Men — both dancers have danced Lord of the Dance in our Christmas Revels. Both Libby and Gus grew up Reveling and Morris dancing and are excited to share this tradition with the next generation of dancers. See bios for Gus & Libby.
Classes will meet every other Sunday, starting in September, at the Washington Revels Studio from 4-6 pm.
Team Leader Bios
Gus Voorhees is a lifelong Reveler and dedicated Morris dancer. He dances with the Foggy Bottom Morris Men based in DC, Thames Valley International, and the youth-focused collective Maple Morris from the US, Canada and the UK. He has danced “The Lord of the Dance” for the Christmas Revels four years in a row. Also for the Washington Revels he is currently the teaching artist for their Jesters program and directed the tweens for their May show in 2016.
Gus is also a Button Accordionist, Fiddler and Hurdy Gurdy player. He traveled to England and Ireland to learn from his heroes of music. He plays regularly in the area with the Squeezers and irregularly as a soloist and with other friends and groups.
Libby Chamberlin grew up in the Revels North community in New England. She began dancing with Maple Leaf Morris at age 12 and traveled to Norway on a dance exchange when she was 14. Libby has also danced Morris and rapper with Great Meadows Morris and Sword and Morris with Muddy River Morris (Massachusetts) and the international Morris dance collective, Maple Morris. On her gap year, Libby spent a month working for the English Folk Dance and Song Society where she also undertook a Morris dance residency with Laurel Swift. She now dances with the Rock Creek Morris Women and has danced Lord of the Dance for the Christmas Revels two years running.