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The Dance of Old England

Episode 1 of 5

15 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 24 September 2012

Dancer, writer and broadcaster, Deborah Bull looks at what we know - or have imagined - about the dances of Old England, including May Day events like the 'Obby 'Oss Festival in Cornwall, Cecil Sharp's late-Victorian nostalgia fueled folk dance revival and early accounts of Morris dancing.

Deborah also tries out some of the moves devised by miners from the Northumberland coalfields with a team of rapper sword dancers.

Producer: Hannah Rosenfelder
A Just Radio production for BBC Radio 4.


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