About Us & DERT 2025

About us

Rockingham Rapper formed in October 2004 and we take our name from the Rockingham Forest of Northamptonshire, near to our first practice venue.

The team performs Rapper sword dances based on the North East of England traditions and Appalachian step dances.

We are regulars at festivals and events all around the country and have even won a prize or two over the years.

In 2011 Rockingham competed in the annual Dancing England Rapper Tournament (DERT) in Oxford finishing third in the Open Class. 

The team have won other prizes, taking the title “most entertaining dance side”  and "best song" accolade at the Moira Canal Festival 2011, 2012 and 2014 along with the additional prize of "Best Solo Dance".

Recently the team won the "Evesham Stick" for the best dance group at the Vale of Evesham National Morris Weekend.

We are probably the only dance side to incorporate Queen and Gilbert & Sullivan into our musical repertoire.

Beware. We WILL Rock you!


Dancomg England Rapper Tournament

Rockingham Rapper will be hosting the annual competition for 2025 in our home city of Peterborough.

The event will take place 4th - 6th April 2025.

Friday 4th April:

A social gathering and team registration

Saturday 5th April:

Main day of competition. Teams will tour the city dancing at a selection of venues across the city. There will also be a Spotlight Competition, Veterans Competition, Traditional Competition and DERTy (The Youth Competition).

The day will end with an evening showcase where the winners and runners up will be announced.

Sunday 6th April:

Winners workshop and social gathering

More information will be released soon but do keep an eye on www.dert2025.com