Charm City is a group of dancers, formed in 1997, who specialize in performing traditional english and American folk dances, particularly the English short sword ritual called Rapper Sword dance. We have appeared several times each at the Maryland Renaissance Festival, the Southern Maryland Celtic Festival, and the Half Moon Sword Ale in New York City. We often perform at Morris Ales (large gatherings of traditional and ritual English dancers) most recently in Maryland, Virginia, Massachusetts, and Ontario.
We showcase a variety of traditional and step dances including rapper sword, Morris, Vaudeville wooden shoe clog dance, Irish step dance, English and Appalachian clog, and French-Canadian step dance. We always dance to live music, traditionally either fiddle or accordion. Charm City can also offer educational participatory workshops, maypole dancing and family square or contra dances.
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