The Sword Dance Union is proud to support the tradition of sword dancing in the UK. There are two main styles of dancing; rapper sword and longsword, both are related but look very different. Teams consist of either men or women or are mixed.
The two main styles of sword dancing in the UKThe Longsword dance is a hilt-and-point sword dance recorded mainly in Yorkshire. It is related to the rapper sword dance of Northumberland and Durham, but the character is fundamentally different as rigid metal or wooden swords are used, rather than the flexible spring steel rappers used by its northern relation. For more information try HERE and HERE.
HERE and HERE.
Aims of The Sword Dance Union
- Encourage and maintain the tradition, evolution and development of sword dancing
- Strive for excellence of performance
- Provide a social network giving support for any interested parties
- Widen the public understanding of sword dancing
- Being a point of contact for a network of knowledge and resources
- Promote research relating to sword dance
- Develop and maintain archives
- Work alongside, together and support other organisations and individuals to achieve the objectives
The Committee are all volunteers who work to support any teams or individuals who need advice, encouragement or the benefit of long experience in the research and performance of these traditions.
Contacting The Sword Dance Union
Current Officers of The Sword Dance Union (click name to send an email)
Chair – Sally Wearing – overall responsibility for the SDU and main point of contact
Secretary – Phil Heaton – maintaining membership lists, meetings convenor and minutes
Treasurer – Sue Kiddler – memberships, financial transactions and statements
Rapper – Aubrey O’Brien – technical enquiries, workshops and instructionals
Archive – Phil Heaton – creating and maintaining an archive of sword dance material
Website – Edwin Dyson – online and social media activity and communications