Dert * Oxford * 2011
Oxford, 4-6 March 2011
Mabel Gubbins dancing under the Bridge of Sighs, Oxford


...a city with two rivers and the oldest university in the English-speaking world...

...named after a beast crossing a river...

...started with the foundation of St Frideswide's nunnery in the 8th century...

...where 93 students and townspeople died in the St Scholastica Day Riot of 1355 and half the population died in the sweating sickness epidemic of 1517...

...the city of dreaming spires...

For the weekend of March 4th-6th, 2011, Oxford became the city of Screaming Spires as it played host to DERT 2011. Hundreds of people armed with swords walked the streets, drank the beer, and danced in the pubs.

DERT is all over for this year; in 2012 the host team is Thrales Rapper of Southwark, London, who are already advertising the "Rapperlympics"!

You can see 2011's results, buy one of the last few DERT 2011 t-shirts, or order a DVD of all performing teams. Otherwise, see you next year!

DERT 2011

DERT (Dancing England Rapper Tournament) is the annual world rapper sword dancing competition. Rapper teams come from all over the UK and from abroad to compete. The competition takes place in pubs, the natural habitat of rapper dancers.


There will be a number of prizes, for winners of:

  • Premier class - only open to the best rapper teams who have performed well in the past
  • Open class - open to all rapper teams
  • Traditional - for teams performing traditional rapper dances
  • Junior (under 12) - to encourage children to learn to dance before they can walk
  • Youth (13 - 17 years) - bridging the gap between Junior and Open
  • Best Character
  • Best Musician
  • The Steve Marris Trophy for the team with the highest overall score.

Throughout the weekend, Susan Clough will be representing the Anthony Nolan Trust and encouraging every to Spit for a Marra.

You can find out everything you need to know about the weekend on this website or by emailing


DERT wouldn't be possible without the generous support we've had from the following...

Oxford Designers & Illustrators have been extremely generous, helping us out with logo design and programme layout.