The Midwest Morris Ale is an annual event for Morris dancers in the American Midwest, held every Memorial Day weekend (the last weekend in May). The Ale includes three days of bus tours, show dances, performances, pickup dancing, singing, and playing music. It’s a big, joyful celebration of Morris dancing as well as other folk music and dance traditions.
Various Morris dance teams take turns hosting the Ale in different locations each year. To get an idea of where we’ve been in the past, see our Past Ales page.
In 2020 and 2021, we hosted several virtual events over Zoom. These events included interactive workshops, lectures, panel discussions, and social events like pickup dancing and singing. Our aim was to provide a platform for community members to participate in and learn about Morris dance, music, and culture. Learn more about our online events using the links above.
As an organization, one of our goals is to encourage participation from all dancers and to support the community. To achieve this, we run a financial aid program for dancers who are active members of the broader Morris dance community and who are unable to meet the costs of attending the Ale in person.
The Midwest Morris Ale operates as a non-profit organization. We are a registered 501(c)(3) and all donations are tax-deductible. Your generous donations to the Midwest Morris Ale support a number of projects, including the financial aid fund.