Sword dances are a group of folk dances. They include archery dances, mock battle dances, and duo dances or solo dances such as traditional Scottish sword dances. The knife dance , a medieval guild dance , is also one of the sword dances.
Variants of sword dances
There are chain sword dances all over Europe, especially in Germany , Austria , Albania , England and Spain . English sword dances are the rapper sword and long sword dances. European sword dances especially took place in a room corresponding to the Holy Roman Empire between 1400 and 1500. There were also many chain sword dances in the Iberian Peninsula . The sword dances of the Basque Country , Andalusia and Galicia are still performed today in an unbroken tradition.
There are mock battle sword dances worldwide. They include the Saltatio Armatum of the Romans as well as some Turkish, Persian, Greek, Middle Eastern and Japanese folk dances. Some European sword dances have elements of both chain and mock battle dances, such as the sword dance of the island of Korčula in Croatia.
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- Sword dance videos on Dancilla
- BR television broadcast on Youtube
- Rapper Online - The Rapper Sword Dance (in English)
- Overview of the chain sword dances (in English)
- World Millennium Sword Spectacular ( Memento of 6 July 2008 at the Internet Archive ) (in English)
- Ramón Pelinski: La danza de Todolella. Memoria, historia and usos políticos de la danza de espadas . Valencia: Institut Valencià, 2011, ISBN 9788448256548 .
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