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The Rapper Sword Dance

(also known as the “Short Sword” dance) is a variation of sword dance that emerged from the pit villages of Tyneside in North East England, where miners first performed the tradition.
The dance requires five performers using “rapper swords” made from flexible steel. Accompanied by fast traditional music, the dancers wear shoes designed to make their loud stepping part of the performance. Mental alertness and physical agility is required in order for the dancers to effectively use the swords without causing harm to themselves or the audience.

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