Sidmouth Steppers Ladies North West Morris was formed in 1998 following the 45th Sidmouth International Folk Festival. Most of the dances that the Sidmouth Steppers perform
originated in the North of England and were performed by mill workers at holiday festivals and in processions.
Clogs are worn for the dances as these were traditionally worn by the mill workers. Accessories used in the dances are bobbins and perns from the spinning mills, decorated sticks, garlands and handkerchiefs.
Music for the dances is traditionally quite loud. Usually it is led by melodeons but accompanying instruments may range through stringed, brass, wind and percussion instruments.
Since their formation, Sidmouth Steppers have danced out each season with an increasingly busy programme.
A range of charities have benefitted from Sidmouth Steppers over the seasons.
For the dancers themselves, the side provides variety, fresh air and exercise in an easy-going social group.