Dance tradition in the streets

SHEFFIELD city centre will stage the country’s biggest spectacular of English traditional dance next weekend.

More than 60 dance sides from across Britain, comprising 1,000 participants, will give performances of clog dancing, garland dancing, longsword and rapper sword dancing on Saturday, May 14.

The event will be hosted by the Morris Ring, with opening ceremonies at 10am in Tudor Square and Cathedral Square before displays are given at 15 other locations across the city centre. A dance workshop will be held at Sheffield Cathedral, which will also host an evening ceilidh and concert.

Event organiser Peter Halfpenny, squire of the Morris Ring and a member of the Morrismen of Harthill, said: “The whole idea of the day is to showcase the best of traditional English folk dance which is flourishing in this country and to take it on to the streets so people can see what efforts are being made to keep these wonderful old traditions alive.”