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The Sword Dance Union (SDU) was founded in 2005 with the aim of encouraging, developing and maintaining traditional sword dances.  The Union seeks to provide useful practical support to sword dance teams across the UK and internationally.  The Sword Dance Union aims to develop a stronger public understanding of the traditions involved.

It is run by a small but dedicated group who aim to provide sword teams with a communication network, practical and personal advice, archive material, competitive opportunities and in the UK, rapper or longsword loan. 

The Union runs events and competitions all over the UK, giving teams the chance to perform in front of their peers, sharpen up their dance skills and deepen their personal  understanding of the linked sword tradition.

Membership of the SDU is open to all individuals and sword dance teams who support the Union’s aims and objectives.