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Handsworth Traditional Sword Dancers

The Handsworth Sword Dancers have been performing Yorkshire longsword in their distinctive, Dragoon-style uniform, for over 150 years. Described in 1913 by Cecil Sharp as “one of the best and most inspiriting of the dances that still survive in Yorkshire”, the team are proud custodians of the Handsworth Sword Dance which they now perform alongside other fast, furious and innovative longsword dances.