Category Archives: Sword Dance

Mystery Photos of Fenestrelle Sword Dancers

Dear Readers, I write to you today with a mystery. Specifically I have two  mystery photos that I would appreciate any help in identifying. I spent the beginning of July in London doing lots of social dancing (ahh, how I … Continue reading

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From Papa Stor to Grenoside: A Gathering of Britain’s Traditional Sword Dance Groups

After spending a few extra days in Padstow after the May Day celebrations, I took the train to London (playing banjo and trading songs with a fellow on the train), where I stayed in a rather unfortunate hostel. Luckily, I … Continue reading

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International Sword Spectacular In Germany

After a brief jaunt through Croatia and Bosnia I returned back to Germany to the town of Balingen, just south of Stuttgart, for an International Sword Dance Festival. Unfortunately, due to a dearth of information, I had not much of an … Continue reading

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In the News: Georgrit 2012 in Traunstein

This is a video made by the TV station from the town of Traunstein with some footage of the dance and even a brief interview with the resident American (yours truly!) If you don’t speak German you might want to … Continue reading

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Sword Dance in Traunstein: 16 Dancers and 397 Horses

I rehearsed with the Traunstein Schwerttanz group every Friday evening for the month of March. We would meet and run through the dance once or twice before talking it over and then going out to the local pub to get pretzels, beer … Continue reading

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In the News: A Cowboy in the Sword Dance

My first front page article! Moving up in the world! This has never occurred before in the long history of Traunstein sword dance: The appearance of the 16th Sword Dancer of the Gymnastics Club in the Georgirit festival of Traunstein on … Continue reading

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In the News: Sword Dance: A Yank Swings His Sword

U.S. Researcher as a Guest Dancer Sword Dance: A Yank Swings his Sword The sword dance is a unique spectacle in Traunstein, whose origins date back to the 16th century. This year is the first time a guest dancer (from the … Continue reading

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