Long Sword Dance
The Long Sword Dance (English for long sword dance ) is a chain sword dance from the county of Yorkshire in England. It is related to the rapper sword chain dance from Northumbria in north east England, but its character is very different in that he uses rigid swords made of steel or wood instead of the flexible rappers made of spring steel of his northern brother.
Although long sword dances take place all over Yorkshire, there are specific groups of dances in east Cleveland, in the northern part of the North York Moors, and near Sheffield in the south of the county.
The long sword dances are very diverse, some slow and militaristic like the Grenoside dance, others faster like the one from Handsworth. There are also differences in the number of dancers, characteristic dance steps, etc.
Unlike many English folk dances, most of which are performed by renewal societies, long sword dances are often performed by teams from their own villages, e.g. B. the Goathland Plow Stots (literally "Goathland Ploughs") and the Flamborough Sword Dancers .
The International Sword Spectacular took place in Whitby , England, in May 2004 . It was the largest gathering of sword dancers in the world in a long time.