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Swords and Stars: Rapper Dance for Primary Schools

Written by Lucy Huzzard and Bryony Griffith, with diagrams by Will Hampson.

A resource for teachers and dance artists working with primary school age pupils.

It includes written notes, audio files, and links to various YouTube clips.

Rapper sword dance is from North East England, originating in the region’s mining communities. Five dancers are linked by Rapper swords – short, flexible metal strips with wooden handles on both ends.


Music for this resource

  • Bryony Griffith has recorded a set of tunes that can be used with this resource.  You can download these audio tracks for free, from the Audio tab at the top of this window.
  • There is a set of Rapper tunes played at medium speed, and the same set of tunes recorded at full speed.
  • There are also audio recordings of tunes played to help the ‘stepping’ activity within the resource pack.
  • A set of tunes is also available as an arrangement for KS2 instruments (A Dance for 1811 and Yorkshire Tune)
  • A second set of tunes is also available, arranged for a brass band of around ABRSM grade 3 to 4 (Oatlands House and Tekely)

 

More videos

  • Rapper Tune Set - full speed - The Lads of Dance, Yorkshire Ned and Wakefield Hunt (from the Anne Geddes-Gilchrist collection) - by Bryony Griffith

    Download: mp3(3.92MB) ogg(3.47MB)
  • Rapper Tune Set - medium speed - The Lads of Dance, Yorkshire Ned and Wakefield Hunt (from the Anne Geddes-Gilchrist collection) - by Bryony Griffith

    Download: mp3(5.07MB) ogg(4.50MB)
  • Rapper stepping tunes - medium speed - by Bryony Griffith

    Download: mp3(811.67KB) ogg(724.50KB)
  • Rapper stepping tunes - medium with shuffle - by Bryony Griffith

    Download: mp3(822.29KB) ogg(716.41KB)
  • Rapper stepping tunes - slow speed - by Bryony Griffith

    Download: mp3(1.01MB) ogg(928.25KB)
  • Rapper stepping tunes - slow with shuffle - by Bryony Griffith

    Download: mp3(1.01MB) ogg(909.83KB)
  • Rapper stepping tunes – full speed – by Bryony Griffith

    Download: mp3(766.37KB) ogg(677.47KB)

Digital Archive records related to this item

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Maps on the Full English site related to this item

Note that these links take you to the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library website which holds the full archival details of the material. Material on the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library website is not censored or expurgated and may contain material considered offensive by modern standards.