DERT (Dancing England Rapper Tournament) is the annual competition for rapper teams from across the world. It takes place over a spring weekend, in a different location every year, hosted by a local team – this year, rapper returns to its spiritual home, the North East! Your hosts will be the Newcastle Kingsmen, Sallyport Sword Dancers and Star & Shadow Rapper.
What to expect at DERT 2019, 5th-7th April:
This year there is a pit village coach tour! During the day, there will be a coach tour of some of the pit villages where rapper has its roots.
Evening shenanigans – everyone gathers together for beer, gin and chat.
The main event! Anyone can watch in the public venues, for free.
Teams in the main competition will dance in FIVE PUBS in the Ouseburn – one dance in each pub in front of at least two judges.
There are additional competitions at other venues:
DERTy Youth (12-18).
DERTy Junior (under 12s).
Spotlight – a single staged dance.
Traditional – the dance must be from accepted traditional notation.
Veterans – combined age of the five dancers must be over 250 years.
The day culminates in the Showcase – a ticketed evening show of all dances, usually comedy versions, this year in the iconic Tyne Theatre and Opera House, with prizes awarded at the end.
The winners run a rapper workshop in the morning for anyone to attend (despite hangovers), before the organisers hand over to next year’s hosts.