November 21, 2013 by tommy
From Folk London – December 2013
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Tower Ravens – London’s newest rapper sword dance team
In April 2012 Thrales Rapper hosted DERT (the annual Dance England Rapper Tournament) with the competition taking place in Soho pubs and evening events at Cecil Sharp House. Although Thrales are a long established male team and Hawksword formed a few years ago as a mixed gender longsword and rapper team, there was no all-female rapper sword dancing team in London at the time. Three young women (Rachel Sheridan, Lindsey Kennedy and Nicola Osborne) decided that this needed to change and that DERT 2012 would be the best opportunity they’d ever get to recruit some more women interested in dancing rapper in London.
18 months later and the group have a name – Tower Ravens – a musician, a number of dancers, a ‘Tommy’ complete with beefeater style costume, a set of swords (a beautifully made set by Jimmie Kilner) and two dances. They crawl pubs in a different part of London on the last Thursday of each month – see www.towerravens.org.uk for details – and always get a lot of interest from the punters, and usually some loud cheers too! In March 2013 they entered DERT coming a respectable 6th out of 13 in the open class. In October they performed at their first festival in Tenterden and are hoping for more opportunities to dance at festivals in 2014.
Tower Ravens practise every Monday evening at St Michael’s church hall on Cornhill, near Bank from 7.30pm until 9.30pm. They are always open to new members – contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.towerravens.org.uk for more information. Catch the Tower Ravens in action at one of their next London crawls: 19 December in Farringdon (meet at The Castle, Cowcross Street at 7.30pm) or 30 January in Islington (meet at The Nag’s Head, Upper Street at 7.30pm).
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