- A dance-drama found in the Mediterranean region and in CentralAmerica. The blend of Christian and Muslim influences found in thedance is reflected in the name, which comes from a Spanish word fora Moor. The English term morris dance probably derived frommoresca, although the two forms have nothing in common. Themoresca, which is often performed at carnivals or local feasts,contains a prologue, a drama, and a concluding sword-dance. The plotoften portrays legends or events from local history.