Morris dancing is a very old form of English folk-dancing, dating back to the mid 15th century. Morris is evidently meant for Moorish -- thus the painted faces? Lots more about Morris dancing on Wikipedia.
I watched them practice one night and it was great fun, even without the gaudy get ups.
And below, with sound ( I think.)
On the night of the performance there were several local (Brasstown) groups and two groups from Asheville -- a great finale to a terrific week!