32nd annual sword dancing festival visits Park Slope

A rather eccentric type of dance made its way to Park Slope on Saturday. 



Flips, circles and other routines from 10 different East Coast-based teams were popping up all over the city as part of the 32nd annual New York sword dancing festival.



On Saturday, the festival visited the Park Slope Library. 



David Roodman of the cutting edge team says that sword dancing originated in the 19th century in Northern England in Yorkshire. Roodman says that coal miners had tools that looked like swords and they began to dance with them. 



The festival continues Sunday as groups will be visiting different parts of the city. 


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