We are a community-based team of enthusiasts who specialise in traditional English Sword Dancing. We perform dances in two distinct styles; the short sword or ‘Rapper’ dances from North-Eastern England, and the Longsword dances of the Yorkshire region.

We have three teams at the moment including our ‘Nestlings’ – probably the youngest (and we think they’re pretty special as dancers) Longsword team in the UK.

On this site you can find out about sword dancing and where to see us in performance.


Welcome to the website of

Maltby Phoenix Sword Dancers

Patron - The Earl of Scarbrough


How to become a sword dancer…

We practice every Monday (except the ones where we do something else) at Maltby Miners Welfare Institute in Maltby. We have three teams.

Maltby Longsword – adults only and over 18s … meet 7.30pm (we also do a bit of rapper)

Maltby Phoenix Rapper – teenagers 12 to 18 … meet 6.30pm (we also do a bit of longsword)

Maltby Phoenix Nestlings –very junior team 6 to 11 years … meet 6.30pm (current National Longsword Junior champs)

So there you are, something for everyone. If you fancy a bit of exercise and a laugh at the same time,  if you’ve got a hankering to wander about in short trousers and stripy socks, or if you want to travel to strange and exotic places such as London, Newcastle, Warwick or Wath then come and give it a try!

Important Notice

We now meet every Monday

Thanks to the kindness of

Maltby Miners Welfare Institute

we now meet every Monday

in the dance room.

Times are as in the middle of the page below.