Ben
Moss

TRADITION

A Morris dancer since the age of 10, Ben has been performing Cotswold, Molly and Northwest Morris dancing with various teams including The Hammersmith Morris Men, Seven Champions Molly Dancers, Bower Street Morris, Wheal Sophia and Great Western Morris. He has won a trophy in the annual John Gasson Jig Competition at Sidmouth Folkweek every year he has entered: 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ben regularly teaches workshops for all ages in Morris dancing, maypole dancing and country/ ceilidh dancing. He has taught for the English Folk Dance & Song Society on many occasions as well as for its American counterpart, the Country Dance & Song Society at several of its summer sessions at Pinewoods Camp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ben's passion is for bringing Morris and folk dancing to new and wider audiences and challenging the preconceptions harboured by some. He Morris danced the entire course of the London Marathon in 2012 to raise the profile of Morris as well as fundraising for Sense, the deafblind charity, for whom he raised over £5,000. He repeated this feat in 2017 and raised over £2,500 for ActionAid.

 

 

INNOVATION

Ben began his forays outside of traditional Morris with the innovative dance company Morris Offspring, reimagining traditional Morris forms through new dance pieces for the stage. He contributed choreography to several of their shows between 2010 and 2013, including for their trip to North America to collaborate with Maple Morris on shows in Boston and Toronto.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since then, Ben has been involved in various dance projects, including working with renowned choreographer Kate Flatt on her piece The Oss and The Ox, a fabulous show inspired by and interweaving the folklore traditions of England and Brazil. Ben also works and performs regularly with Folk Dance Remixed, a ground-breaking company fusing folk dance with hip-hop and street dancing styles in their show Step Hop House as well as running family friendly workshops and Ceilidh Jams for all ages.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 2017, Ben graduated from the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance with a Graduate Diploma in Dance Studies. Since beginning his studies, Ben has been combining his deep love and understanding of English folk dance traditions with a new-found passion for contemporary dance techniques and is always on the look out for potential collaborators with an interest in folk traditions.