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There’s rapper from High Spen Blue Diamonds, plus Star and Shadow. Plus special guests.

It wouldn’t be a traditional dance event without a performance or two from practitioners of the bendy sword. We’ve two rapper teams on the programme, representing both Tradition and Revival.

High Spen Blue Diamonds

HSBD facebook page

First up are the boys from the village of High Spen in County Durham. Founded in 1926 (the year of the General Strike), the High Spen Blue Diamonds are the only remaining traditional rapper sword dancing team in the world.

They now practice at the Barley Mow Community Centre in Birtley, on Tuesdays from 7:30pm until 9:00pm if anyone’s interested. Ahem.

Star and Shadow

from rapper.org.uk

Representing more of a Revival era are those canny lasses from Newcastle; Star and Shadow. A most excellent women’s team that won the modern DERT competition in 2013 and 2014. Founded in 2007, Star and Shadow also sing songs, like this one; “Five lasses in a gin-mill in Newcastle town. A gin-mill with a dance in, and nice turquoise pants in”. If you ask them nicely, and buy them a gin, they’ll finish the song for you.

There’s a vague rumour about a special rapper performance on the night too. Whether it comes from TeesHyde Steel or some other team, we couldn’t possibly say. No more on that one until the night itself. Unless I change my mind of course.

Until next time.


Another Dancing England update, tickets now on sale, and disabled access news

Evening all, apologies it’s been a bit quiet of late. It’s due to a combination of babies, holidays, folk festivals and the like. Please be rest assured though that things have been ticking along lovely in the background. So here’s a timely update for you.

Dancing England 2017 (18th February) at Sheffield City Hall will welcome the following confirmed acts and teams amongst others;

  • Horwich Prize Medal Morris Men
  • Star and Shadow
  • Bampton Traditional Morris Men
  • Rochester Sweeps
  • Fools Gambit
  • Redcar Longsword
  • The Newcastle Kingsmen
  • Bradshaw Mummers
  • Toby Bennett
  • Platt Bridge Morris Dancers
  • John Gasson Double Jig Winners

There’s still a couple to pin down and one act that we’re not going to tell you about in advance. Simply because they’re very special! And because Phil Heaton is such a tease.

ticketDoors open at 5:30pm with the show starting at 6:30pm. Tickets will be priced at £18 and £13 concessions (under 16s, UB40, carers, senior citizens, etc). Please be honest when buying your tickets, we may ask you to provide evidence that you are entitled to purchase tickets at a concessionary rate. Patron’s entrance time is 5:00pm

Tickets are now on sale today, December 1st. Please be aware that Patrons are the only ticket types that have a guaranteed seat, so do make sure to buy your ticket early and ensure that you’re in the queue on the night in good time. We expect some standing room only.

You can click here to buy a ticket – http://www.dancingengland.co.uk/tickets/

Sheffield City Hall has good facilities and access for people with a disability; lifts to all floors, accessible toilets on every level and hearing loops in the auditoriums. Guidance dogs are also welcome in the building. If you will need assistance at the venue please do get in touch when you book your tickets.

We look forward to putting on a great show and seeing you there on the night.

Until next time.