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The Dirk Dance of the Kings of Mann

 
A Dirk Dance from the Isle of Mann was recovered by Manx folk researcher, Mona Douglas. In this version, the dancer also wields a dagger but the steps are different from the Highland version...
Many thanks to Anthony Archibald for the use of the photographs of himself and his brother performing the dance.

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The Manx Dirk Dance.... by Anthony Archibald

 

From 1952 to the mid 1960s, 'The Southern Manx Folk Dance Society' under the leadership of Leighton Stowell, entertained fortnightly in a large dance hall called 'The Hut'.

 

"My mother, Gladys Archibald and my brother, Roadley, were both members of this society and took part in these events regularly, so I accompanied them and took part in the group dancing myself from the age of 7. Roadley was a solo dancer as well as dancing in the group dances. In particular, he used to perform a dance called 'The Dirk Dance of the Kings of Mann'. This dance dates back to Viking times, and the performer dressed in a costume of a Viking. (Well, as mother made the costume, it was a Viking costume according to her, but was not made of authentic traditional materials. Still it looked good!!)
Later, when my brother left the island to go to college, I took over as Dirk Dancer and performed in The Hut as well as other venues."

 

 

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Anthony Archibald & the Dirk Dance salute!

Roadley Cecil Archibald performing the Dirk Dance

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Anthony Archibald performing the Manx Dirk Dance

Anthony Archibald

Anthony Archibald - A Capella: The Dirk Dance of the Kings of Mann