Broom Dancing

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Broom dancing is found all over the country, but the specific elements of the dance and a what occasions it was performed vary. 

On Dartmoor there are two specific occasions that are mentioned when broom dancing was performed: one was by women, particularly at harvest time; and the other was by children, who were taught it at school1 as PE (physical exercise). 

Today you can see broom dancing at the Dartmoor Folk Festival each year where there is a workshop and a children's competition. 

 

References

1- Bill Cann recording [link to be inserted]

Funded By: TASC, Dartmoor Folk Music, Heritage Lottery Fund
Information on this website was compiled by the Taking Steps Project carried out by TASC in partnership with Dartmoor Folk Festival. It was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund with additional contributions from The Dartmoor Trust and Sarah Croft, in memory of Doug Adams