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Rapper dance - its creation and what it meant to working communities

Event location: WCML

Date: 2nd Mar 2016

Event time: 14:00 to 15:00

Talk by Tom Besford.

Rapper sword dancing is a form of traditional dancing from the North East of England. The dance was most often performed around the pubs and bars of mining towns and at competitions in the towns and cities throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.

Rapper logoThis talk will be given in the context of the Dancing England Rapper Tournament (DERT) coming to Manchester on Saturday 12 March.

DERT is based on local competitions held in the rapper heartland of North East England in the early twentieth century. Since its modern inception in the mid-1990s, DERT has become an international stage for rapper dancing. Comprising a number of different classes - youth, open, championship, premier and traditional dance - DERT 2016 will see hundreds of rapper dancers take to the venues of Manchester to show off their skills. For more information go to www.dert2016.co.uk.

This talk is part of the Invisible Histories series - admission is free, with light refreshments after.

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