Documenting English Music, Dance and Song
Morris and Sword Dancing
Garland Films dance productions feature a wide selection of traditional dance styles, mainly, but not exclusively from the North of England.
The sword dance involves five, six or eight dancers linked with strips of steel (the swords). The flashy five man rapper dances of the Tyneside area contrast well with the more sober six man dances found further South in Yorkshire in locations such as Grenoside. The former have been the subject of competitions certainly since the 1880s and similar competitions continue today under the umbrella of the Dancing England Rapper Tournament (DERT)
Morris dance is curently represented by a film of the team from Winster in Derbyshire who have been performing their dances since at least the early nineteenth century (This is Morris Dancing) and a compilation of the film archive of Lionel Bacon, shot between the 1930s and the 1950s.
Work is shortly to begin to produce a DVD featuring the Manley Morris Dancers featuring the style of clog morris once famous in the north-west of England.
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