Welcome to the new website for the Ely and Littleport Riot women's border morris side. (Elriot, or "the Riot" for short.)
With our black skirts to represent the good black soil of the fenlands, our red hankies to remember the Ely and Littleport food riots of 1816, and our many coloured waistcoats, allowing each dancer to express their own individuality, we are one of a kind among Border Morris sides. A riot of colour, a delight to watch and listen to, we are unlike some other Border sides in not being terrifying to small children nor inappropriate for their tender eyes or ears.
If you have a fete, bar/bat mitzvah, wedding, or other large event to provide entertainment for, consider hiring us to dance. We will also come into schools, Women's Institutes, clubs etc to demonstrate and/or teach morris dancing, and to give a short talk about its history. Our rates are reasonable, and we will provide our own transport to most places within the Cambridgeshire region.
We practice every Friday evening between 8 - 9.30pm at the Youth Forum Hall, 24 Barton Road, Ely, CB7 4DE If you're interested in coming to dance, ideally please email Shelagh first and she can tell you what to do, but if that sounds too daunting just turn up and we'll take it from there.
We're also always keen to recruit more musicians. Again, please phone or email first. We ask that any musician who wishes to play out for the side come to a number of practices first, so that we can be sure you are confident with the tunes before playing in public.
If you are interested in booking us for an event, please email Shelagh and she will either organize it herself or pass you on to someone else who will.
(See under "Contact" for email address and a map)