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Morris Dance Sword Lock
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Morris Dance Sword Lock

Sword Dancing is usually regarded as a type of morris dance. Two forms have been revived in England— longsword and rapper. Both were once common in the north of England. Dancers are linked in a ring holding the swords and the dance form is distinctive for its fast, elegant weaving figures, dancers passing over and under the swords whilst remaining linked. At times the swords are interlinked into a woven knot, known as a lock or nut, which is strong enough to be held up by one of the dancers, then returned to all the dancers who grab the sword handles, unlink the swords and continue the dance.

More information about the history and origins of Morris Dance:
http://www.britannia.com/wonder/modance.html

 


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