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Dance Sword Lock
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
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