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Long Sword dance
The Long Sword dance is a hilt-and-point sword_dance from Yorkshire in England. It is related to the rapper sword dance of Northumbria, but the character is fundamentally different as it uses rigid metal or wooden swords, rather than the flexible spring steel rappers used by its northern relation.
Long Sword dances vary in the way they are performed, with some being slow and militaristic, such as the Grenoside or Handsworth dances from near Sheffield, while others are quicker.
Unlike many traditional dances in England, which are mainly performed by revival teams, Long Sword dances are often still performed by their own village teams, such as the Goathland Plough Stots and Flamborough Sword Dancers. These teams generally maintain the traditions of their dances, such as traditional performances on Boxing Day or Plough Monday.
The International Sword Spectacular took place in Whitby, England in May 2004. This was the largest gathering of sword dancers from around the world for some time.
- International Sword Spectacular 2004
- World Millennium Sword Spectacular
- Newcastle Kingsmen
- Kirkburton Rapier
- Spen Valley Longsword
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