Mick Roberts - Rapper Dancer with Barnsley Longsword, professional musician and Black Adder musician.
Sally Atkinson Black Adder member, clog dancer.
Presentation & Characters
Frank Lee Dancer and musician with Carlisle Sword Morris and Clog, and sword maker extraordinaire.
Sword Handling and Sword Technique
Aubrey OBrien One of the Godfathers of rapper and generally gets everywhere.
Ian Craigs of High Spen, Snark, etc. etc.
Break Down of Categories:
MUSIC (15 marks)
Music in relation to the dance, part of the dance, speed, timing, awareness of whole dance performance, apt tunes, well played.
Kit (tidiness and consistency rather than any particular pattern or style), coming on and going off, entertainment and generally showing awareness of the audience.
STEPPING (15 marks)
Quality, uniformity and consistency. Not favouring any particular style. Simple steps danced well will rate higher than ambitious steps badly executed.
SWORD HANDLING & DANCE TECHNIQUE (30 marks)
Control of swords, tidiness of displays (including locks), lifting rappers to avoid ducking and of course not letting go.
Dance Technique Part 1:
Traditional dances interpretation and a balance between authenticity, entertainment, and suitability.
Evolved dances composition, variety, and suitability, matching the teams strengths and weaknesses.
Dance Technique Part 2: Execution understanding/mastery of figures, timing, showing figures to good advantage.
BUZZ FACTOR (25 marks an average of all judges)
Excitement, compulsion, atmosphere, that je ne sais quoi.
CHARACTERS (10 marks purely for the character trophy or a tiebreaker)
Characters will also effect the individual marks of other categories for better or worse. Enhancement of the entertainment rather than distraction from the dance. Entertainment, presentation, character.
Innovation and other aspects of the performance will be taken into consideration in each particular category.
The Trophies & Classes:
TRADITIONAL DANCE CLASSES: To qualify for these classes the dance must be one of the named traditions from the Rapper Villages of Northumberland or a dance over 50 years old. All other dances are to be entered in the Evolved Class.