Reply to FolkieDave.
Sorry about the delay in posting but I have been at Sidmouth playing for the morris, stewarding & performing in a booked ceilidh band.
I have been involved with morris since the late seventies including starting a couple of teams (both single sex and mixed). I started my dancing career with Great Western in Exeter and although I no longer dance due to dodgy knees I am still a regular musician for them (although I live in the Midlands!).
I have seen many morris teams during that 30 years and I stand by my comments. A good standard of dancing is a great help but not essential. It is engaging with the public and entertaining them that wins them over.
Richard Ashe aka DickTheBox