This part of the site provides a basic introduction to the rapper sword dance, and is intended for novices and those who have not previously encountered the tradition before.

The rapper dance page provides an overview of the tradition, and is the best starting point if you have no previous knowledge of the dance.

The rapper sword page describes the rapper sword, with some discussion of its likely origins and naming.

The characters page introduces you to Tommy and Betty, the two comic characters, or fools, which are an integral part of the rapper tradition.

The costume page describes the traditional kit worn in rapper performances and its evolution, while the music page covers the music used for the dance.