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A Rose Rapper workshop, ‘try it’ with Redcar, and the NE Rapper Gathering. Plus an SDU website update.


January 7, 2016 by tommy

Redcar Sword Dancers

Welcome then to 2016! Are we all another year older, possibly wiser and still dead keen on things sword? Though not necessarily in that order.

Rose RapperKit Thurman is the driving force behind Towcester’s new rapper side ‘Rose Rapper‘ and has organised the first meet and practice for Thursday 21st January from 8pm until 10pm. The venue is The Pickled Pig, 201 Watling Street West, Towcester, NN12 6BX.

If you’re based in this part of the Midlands and interested in rapper sword then please do get along and show your support.

Redcar Sword Dancers

Redcar Sword Dancers (their website)

The boys in the snazzy red jackets usually known as ‘Redcar Sword Dancers‘ are hosting a series of ‘come and try it’ evenings at their practice base in Great Ayton.

These events start on Monday 11th January at 8:15pm in the Village Hall on the High Street. This event is open to all genders aged 16+ with no experience necessary. For further information contact Brian on 01642 725129 or 07910 479922.

St Marys Heritage Centre

St Marys Heritage Centre (

The NE Rapper Gathering is nearly upon us. This event is to be held on Saturday January 30th at St Mary’s Heritage Centre, Oakwellgate, Gateshead, NE8 2AU. The doors open at 5pm and all teams should be at St Mary’s for 5:45pm. The order for the competition will be drawn from the Tommy’s hat and the competition will start at 6pm.

£5 per dance, 3 judges, 1 winner, and the prize is the bag! Therefore the more teams that enter the better, apparently there is still space for a couple more local rapper teams. There’ll be some sandwiches laid on for when the judges deliberate and also, more importantly, a pay bar. There’s also talk of moving on to the Cumberland later. Ednie is your woman in charge, so do get in touch if you need further information.

And finally. Please can you check your team listing on the SDU Map of Sword Dance Teams? It’s been quite a few months since it was last updated and there’s bound to have been practice venues that have moved, or dates changed, or even heaven forbid; teams folding. Please let Edwin know so he can make the necessary changes.



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