DERT stands for “Dancing England Rapper Tournament” and is the premier UK competition for home rapper teams and those from abroad.
DERT is the continuation of the most significant rapper sword dance competitions that were held in Newcastle upon Tyne, the centre of the coalfields where the dance originated. There is an excellent article on wikipedia that explains more about the tournament.
In 2016, DERT traveled to Manchester where the hosts were Medlock Rapper, hailing from that Northern powerhouse. The dates were March 11th to 13th, please visit the DERT 2016 website for the results etc. 28 teams took part, and each team danced once in six public houses around Manchester and each time they were seen by a pair of judges.
There was also a Youth Competition (called DERTy) which took place during the day. There were also competitions for a ‘Traditional’ dance and a ‘Spotlight’ dance (judged on the one dance only). Betty and Tommy characters are also judged, with the fierce musician rivalry encouraging them to work hard to try and win their category.
All the Rapper teams performed in the ‘Showcase’ at the main venue during Saturday evening.
Winners for DERT 2016 can be seen on the website – JUST HERE. Congratulations to the winners, all teams that took part, and of course the organisers; Medlock Rapper.
Hopefully we’ll see you there. The DERT 2017 website will have plenty of information about dates, times and locations etc. Give it a look or check out the DERT facebook page.
Good luck to Crook and all who take part!
DERTs gone by
|DERT 2016||Manchester||11-13 March||Medlock Rapper||Newcastle Kingsmen|
|DERT 2015||Bristol||10-12 April||Northgate Rapper||Newcastle Kingsmen|
|DERT 2014||Leeds||7 - 9 March||Black Swan||Star & Shadow|
|DERT 2013||Burton-on-Trent||8 -10 March||Ryknild Rabble||Star & Shadow|
|DERT 2012||London||30 -1 April||Thrales Rapper||Newcastle Kingsmen|
|DERT 2011||Oxford||4–6 March||Mabel Gubbins||Sallyport Sword Dancers|
|DERT 2010||Derby||9–11 April||Stone Monkey||Newcastle Kingsmen|
|DERT 2009||Newcastle||13–15 March||Newcastle Kingsmen and Sallyport Sword Dancers|
|DERT 2008||Liverpool||07-9 March||Southport Swords||Newcastle Kingsmen|
|DERT 2007||Nottingham||10–11 March||Whip the Cat||Newcastle Kingsmen|
|DERT 2006||York||17–19 March||Black Swan|
|DERT 2005||Preston||4–6 March||Maltby Phoenix|
|DERT 2004||Bath||26–28 March||Northgate Rapper||Black Swan|
|DERT 2003||Glasgow||4–6 April||Black Swan|
|DERT 2002||Sheffield||12–16 April||Triskele|
|DERT 2001||Masham||2–4 March||Black Adder Rapper and Step||Sallyport Sword Dancers|
|DERT 2000||Greenwich||4–6 March||Thrales Rapper|
|DERT 1999||Newcastle upon Tyne||5–7 March||Newcastle Kingsmen and Sallyport Sword Dancers||Newcastle Kingsmen|
|DERT 1998||Ryton, Gateshead||20 -22 February||Stone Monkey|
|DERT 1996||Burton on Trent||Stone Monkey|
|DERT 1995||Leytonstone London|
|DERT 1994||Newcastle upon Tyne||Stone Monkey|