Thrales Rapper, DERT Traditional Champions 2018, dance Amble for Nottingham 2019

Thrales Rapper dance Beadnell
Thrales Rapper dancing Beadnell at DERT 20126. Photo by Sue Flint
Thrales Rapper dance Beadnell

Thrales Rapper dancing Beadnell at DERT 20126. Photo by Sue Flint

We’re pulling out all the stops for you for Dancing England 2019. Not only will you be treated to the current World Champion rapper sword dancers, Nottingham’s own Whip the Cat, but the legendary Thrales Rapper from London will also be on stage.

Thrales are an excellent sword team, full of steely discipline and plenty of good humour, who perform all over the UK at folk festivals. At the most recent Dancing England England Rapper Tournament (DERT) in Sheffield in March this year, they took not just first place but second place too in the Traditional Competition.

The Traditional Dance section is for a performance that follows the following criteria;

  • The dance must be considered Traditional
  • The dance must be notated or recorded in some way
  • Dances need to be from identifiable geographical locations in the North East of England
  • And notated in one of three publications
  • Dances must not exceed more than seven minutes in length, unless previously stipulated and agreed in accordance to the tradition and notation
  • The Judge’s decisions are final

Please click on the link for further information on the DERT Competition Rules

At Dancing England 2019, the dance that you will see is from the village of Amble, a port on the Northumberland coast. You can find out more about this dance from the Rapper Online website.

Meanwhile, and to whet your appetite, below is a video of Thrales performing Beadnell in 2014.

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