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Southern Star Longsword dancing

My fledgling longsword team is slowly gaining people.  We have two figures of one dance and one figure of a second dance at a reasonable level now.   (a 'figure' in longsword is equivalent to a whole dance in any other tradition)

Southern Star Longsword dancing 'Yorkshire Pudding' at Wimborne Model Town.  this was the first public performance for many of the side, and only the second time out for the rest of us.  This is a dance I wrote for the days when we only have four dancers.  (We had six on this occasion, but I didn't keep the video of the six man dance as it had several mistakes in it!)  

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Apr. 26th, 2017 05:47 pm (UTC)
Oooh, well done, well done! It may seem quite easy but hey! I know how much training it behind, not mentioning all the choreography. The figures - and here I mean changing the positions and all - are smoothly performed, and the resulting ornament is like a magic! I am really happy for you, the more dancers the better but still all the management is on your shoulders. Congratulations and thank you for sharing!

Here I would like to apologise for failing to make the scratched egg. I still have it prepared for my primitive attempts but unfortunately it has to wait until this busy time of theses abstracts ends. They are pouring at me every day and I have to work hard to find the necessary terminology for such a wide range of topics. Be sure I am thinking of you!

On Sunday we are erecting our maypole again - oh dear, we need some reasonable weather, not this (snow, rain or both, cold wind, everything soaked and a new threat of freezing). If the weather is as bad as it is now, all the magic will be spoiled, because everyone will disappear inside the pub, there will not be a big fire nor roasting the sausages for children...and who will guard our maypole till to morning in this heavy rain/snow/wind/cold?
May. 5th, 2017 02:20 pm (UTC)
How did the maypole go? did you get any good weather?

Thanks for the compliment on the longsword dancing. I was really pleased with one move in particular. It's the one where everyone is moving at the same time and going under swords in pairs. (Called a 'double under') That took at lot of practice to do at that speed!
May. 6th, 2017 06:48 am (UTC)
Somehow the gods must have liked us because it stopped raining, and though we had really strong and cold wind, all went nicely. We even had some sunshine! There were many people with children, our new and nice pubkeepers arranged "summer mode" with small tables and umbrellas in front on the pub - you can sit and watch everything comfortably - and they grilled sausages and "klobásy" (another kind of sausages) and they had ice-cream for children and "Kofola" was drunk in plenty (Kofola is original Czech Coca-Cola but without coca and much much better!) and beer. We had a big campfire, more sausages were roasted on sticks there (8kg of sausages, 4 big loaves of bread and 3 jars of mustard disappeared immediately) - children love it and so do we adults! Of course our friendly witches arrived to sing and do some mischief among the crowd and later the children were brought home for night and the adults stayed in the pub and around the fire. The volunteers guarded the maypole successfully. I did take some pictures and will post them soon:-)
May. 9th, 2017 08:30 am (UTC)
Sounds like a wonderful day. I'm really enjoying reading about it.

Where do the witches fit in? They aren't part of any English maypole tradition that I know of.
May. 9th, 2017 04:36 pm (UTC)
The day of maypole is also connected with "burning the witches". As you may suspect, this tradition goes far back to pagan (probably Celtic) times and may represent getting rid of winter. However, it is more complex because the night from 30th April to 1st May used to ba called " Filipojakubská noc" (oh my, how to deal with this, probably The Night of Jakub(James) and Filip(Philip), the night full of magic and the hidden treasures could be open). Ha, I have found this:
As you can see, a big part of Europe have this tradition.
May. 5th, 2017 12:22 pm (UTC)
May. 5th, 2017 02:17 pm (UTC)
We're flattered!
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