Ryburn 3 Step

Ryburn Longsword Dancers

May Day RYBURN LONGSWORD Dancers are based in Ripponden, near Halifax, and have specialised in traditional Yorkshire Longsword dance since 1994. We practise on Wednesday evenings from 7.30 to 9 pm at the Ripponden Community Centre, Old Bank, Ripponden, HX6 4DG. Ryburn Longsword

Come and Join Us

We are looking for new dancers to help us continue the tradition, so if you are interested in learning to dance Longsword with us, please email ryburnlongsword@gmail.com or just come along to a practice to meet us and see what it's all about.

Longsword dancing is a bit of a cardiovascular workout requiring a general level of fitness, flexibility and co-ordination, so if you can run for a bus carrying a bag we want to hear from you! We welcome people of all ages and abilities but please be aware that our practice room is up a flight of stairs. Ryburn Longsword

Come and See Us Dancing

During each year you can see us dancing in and around Ripponden and Halifax, at local festivals and community events such as the Sowerby Bridge Rushbearing and Todmorden Folk Festival. For full details see our programme page.

Our Next Outing

Wednesday, 1 May 2024, 5.25 – 6am

Dancing in the May at Dawn

Scammonden, HX4 0EB
Yes, we really do start dancing at 5.25 in the morning.

Check the programme page for additions, updates and events further ahead.

What is Longsword Dance?

Longsword dance is a Yorkshire-based form of traditional dance performed by five, six or eight dancers together in a circle, making a sequence of movements in which the dancers go over or under one of the swords. The dances are fast-moving and showy; normally they end with the production and display of a 'lock' where swords are intertwined in one of a variety of shapes.

Ryburn Longsword has been dancing Yorkshire Longsword since 1994. Some of our dances are traditional and come from villages across Yorkshire, while others have been created by members of the group. Ryburn Longsword

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