Southern Star

Dance sides, Free

Southern star are performing at the 2022 Swanage Folk Festival in their black shirt and trousers.
From: Corfe Mullen
Style: Longsword
Southern Star Longsword

Festival locations

Events are located around the town centre, mainly Sandpit Field and Shore road. Click here for a map of the locations.


Some parts of the Festival are free and others need you to buy a ticket. Click here for more details about tickets.

Southern Star

In 1936, a group of miners in the village of Lingdale in Yorkshire were filmed by Lady Trevelyn, performing their traditional longsword dance.  In 1948, Peter Kennedy wrote down all the moves of the dance, which had gained an extra two figures in the intervening years.

In 2016, Southern Star Longsword dancers, with the aid of the Sword Dance Union and detailed notes written by Roy Dommett, brought together all the historical information about this dance, and started bringing it back to life again.

Southern Star dance in black shirt and trousers. Bright, individual waistcoats.