Question: What kind of dancers wear bells and bright sashes and jump about waving handkerchiefs or banging sticks to the accompaniment of lively music?
Answer: Morris dancers. This form of traditional English dance was believed to bring communities luck, prosperity, and fertility (the agricultural variety). The earliest records of it come from the fifteenth century, but it is thought to be much older than that, and probably has pagan roots. A common sight at spring/summer gatherings, the art once almost died out, but has been revived with clothing and specific dances varying from region to region.