North Skelton (revised)

North Skelton (revised) Sword Dance

Dancers (6) count off numbering clockwise
• Swords in right hand by hilt
• Walk 2 steps per measure (begin with left foot)

The Clash
• 1st note – low basket
• 2nd note – high basket
• Clockwise walk for A section, then clash high 16X [B section]

The Shoulders
• Put own sword on right shoulder
• Left hand reach to grab tip of sword of person in front

The Elbows [don’t let go – keep circling]
• Bring own sword over head to rest on left shoulder
• Then move to elbow level
• Then bring right hand over head to open up the circle and expand it

First Part:

Over-Your-Neighbour (One at a time, the dancers will take turns hopping over one another’s swords. Each dancer will hop over the sword of the person standing to the LEFT of them.)
• Turn to face centre of circle
• #2 lowers sword as #1 raises right hand (and sword) high over head
• #1 steps over #2 with left foot (from outside circle to inside circle)
• #1 turns to right under own sword (turning under his own right arm), and brings right foot over #2 sword into circle
• #3 lowers sword and #2 goes through procedure

Double Under
• #1 and #6 (both holding #1 ‘s sword at chest height and parallel to ground)
• #3 and #4 raise arch (#4’s sword is raised high parallel to ground)
• #1 and #6 move under 4’s sword, turn away from each other and bring sword back over top of remaining dancers (they follow through)
• Then #2 and #3 (through #5 and #6)
• Then #4 and #5 (through #1 and #2)

Right-over Left Lock
• All dancers swimg swords out to the outside and then back into the circle
• Dancers swing swords out and back into the circle this time crossing handle over point to form a lock
• #1 Raises lock and dance circles for 8 bars
• Dancers then take Handle of their sword and raise to the centre of the dance.

Draw Swords then Second Part:

Low Basket [let go of swords on on a count of three]
• #1 Lowers sword to centre dancers follow with their swords each placing their sword behind #1
• Walk clockwise with low basket 8 bars [A section]
• Clash low 8 bars (16 times) [B section]

Double Over
• #1 and #6 (both holding #l’s sword at chest height and parallel to ground)
• #3 and #4 Lower sword (#4’s sword is lowered parallel to ground)
• #1 and #6 move over 4’s sword, turn away from each other and bring sword back over top of remaining dancers (they follow through)
• Then #2 and #3 (through #5 and #6) Then #4 and #5 (through #1 and #2}

Back-Lock
• Place sword behind person on your right (at waist level)
• All reach over the left hand and take tip of sword behind person on their /e/H#ltakestipof#3)
• [All left hands on the outside]
• Bring both over heads -without letting go and bring hands together (palms will be facing up)
• Slip the hilt under the point (right hand will be crossed under left)
• #1 hold up in air and parades while all keep circling