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  • Short Summary

    Traditional form of sword dancing (rapper dancing) performed by elderly miners.

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    Full title reads: "Miner Dancers. Winlaton's Veteran Troop of working miners ... the youngest is over 60! rehearse their centuries old dances for forthcoming All-England Folk Dance Festival".


    M/S of group of elderly men in flat caps removing their jackets. They are watched by a crowd of people standing at side of village square. Each man holds a sword. High angled shot of men walking into middle of square and stand in a line. One man turns and reprimands boisterous crowd of children behind them.

    The dancing team of five men men then do a traditional jig, creating an unbroken chain with their swords. A sixth man plays an accompaniment on a penny whistle. Various shots of dance, including close up on their clogs tapping. At the end of the dance, they entwine their swords to create a star shape. Panning C/U of the dancers, one man holds the star shaped mesh of swords.

    Cuts exist - see separate record for details.

    Note: this form of dancing is called 'rapper dancing' and originates for North East England. AH 2001.

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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:11:54:00 / 01:13:54:00
    G 1356

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