Just over a week to go until DE 2017, here’s Redcar Longsword and the Out of Hand Jig Team

It’s the 10th February today, and the event is the 18th. Meaning just over a week to go until Dancing England rides again. We’ve just taken delivery of the signed and numbered limited edition posters, designed courtesy of Natalie Reid, you can order yours for pick up at the event or via 2nd class postage. The posters can be viewed and purchased HERE.

There are about 50 or so tickets left, so click HERE if you haven’t got yours yet. It would be great to see you.

Redcar Sword Dancers

from their website

We have some more longsword for you from the boys of the Redcar Sword Dancers. The team was formed in 1967 with the express purpose of reviving the Greatham Sword Dance and Play and performing it in Greatham on Boxing Day of that year and have continued to do so for every year since.

The Greatham longsword dance is a rare survival in County Durham and is also unique in being the only longsword dance still being performed with its play or ‘words’ as the old teams used to say. Their website for further information is HERE.

Out of Hand Jig Team

unsure who took this pic

Younger in age, but no less talented are the chaps from the Out of Hand Jig Team. Winners of the John Gasson Double Jig Competition in Sidmouth 2014, Richard, Chris and Stuart have continued to practice and perform their Knuckledown ever since.

All three are alumni of NYFTE (The National Youth Folklore Troupe of England) and have gone on to dance with such teams as Hammersmith Morris and Northgate and Birmingham Rapper teams.


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