Rapper sword dancing

The rapper sword dance is a unique tradition of Northumberland and County Durham in England. The dance was originally performed by miners in the pit villages of Tyneside and the surrounding area, and gradually spread with revival groups worldwide. It is performed at speed by a team of five people continuously linked by flexible swords called rappers, which are weaved in and out of figures for display, normally accompanied by a solo musician playing fast jigs.

Martin was persuaded to join the Durham University Rapper Team in 2007, when he studying. He now regularly dances and plays for the Sallyport Sword Dancers.