Dance Sides 2022
In 1936, a group of miners in the village of Lingdale in Yorkshire were filmed by Lady Trevelyn, performing their traditional longsword dance. In 1948, Peter Kennedy wrote down all the moves of the dance, which had gained an extra two figures in the intervening years.
In 2016, Southern Star Longsword dancers, with the aid of the Sword Dance Union and detailed notes written by Roy Dommett, brought together all the historical information about this dance, and started bringing it back to life again.
Blackrock Irish Dancers
Blackrock School of Irish Dance is a traditional Irish dancing group, originally founded as Yetminster Irish dancers back in 1972, by Mrs Pamela Common. Now run by Ellie Parcell, for the last 6 years, based in Stoke sub-Hamdon, classes run on a Saturday morning.
Ages 3 -18, every ability welcome.
We travel all across the south west performing in weekend festivals, school fetes, stage shows, parties and more!
Learn to Irish dance in a fun and encouraging atmosphere, whilst making new friends and building confidence. We perform a mixture of group dances and solos in both soft shoes and hard shoes.
Zlaten Klas are an enthusiastic Bulgarian folk dancing community in Bournemouth and welcome everyone who wants to try their magical way to relax, make friends and have fun.
Spank The Planks was formed in 1988 and is based in Bournemouth, Dorset. They specialise in Appalachian clog dancing which is a form of American folk dancing that originated in the Appalachian Mountains. The local people developed their own musical sound, playing mainly fiddles and banjos and complimenting the music with a percussive dancing style that used shuffles, taps and scuffs to keep time.
Sarum Morris come from Salisbury and dance in the Cotswold tradition, with dances from Oddington, Brampton and Illmington. They dance in the colours of Salisbury city, blue and gold with white trousers and shirts. This is their 40th year and we have set out to celebrate by doing 40 different dances in 40 different places.
The Knights of King Ina are a Morris dance team specialising in the Solo and Duet dances known as Jigs in the Morris genre. The dances are drawn from many of the morris traditions and include dances choreographed by us using the styles and steps collected in the early 20th century.
We will have a Longsword workshop in the early afternoon run by one of the members of Anonymous Morris. Time and location to be confirmed.