Martin and I have been busy beavering away on DERT 2015 organisation.
David Hall from Black Swan has been the most marvellous chap and is rejigging the 2014 booking software so that we (and future DERTs) can customise it and use it. We are looking to open bookings for DERT 2015 in November. There will be approximately 28 spaces at the Bristol event, so you’ll need to be pretty quick in getting your entries in.
Aside from the Floor and Breakfast accommodation, we are signposting those of you who want a hotel to contact FutureInns (2 minutes walk from our base venue) and/or Travelodge (10 minutes walk). FutureInns are better quality (or so we’ve heard) and have rooms form £109 a night. Travelodge currently have rooms at £60 per night. These prices are likely to go up the closer we get to the event. If you choose Travelodge, make sure you book at the Bristol Central Mitchell Lane hotel.
Alternatively, a group of you could use AirBnB, just make sure you’re near to the centre of Bristol (eastern to north eastern side) unless you fancy a long walk or taxi ride after the Showcase.
After much discussion, Northgate and Silver Flame are touring some of the proposed Bristol pubs on Saturday 22nd November. We’ll have further updates after then.
We would like to see plenty of Junior and Youth teams competing at DERT 2015. However we recognise that Bristol is way down south compared to where a fair few of DERTy’s usual competitors are based. So, we would like to see how many Junior and Youth teams would consider coming. Phil H. is on the case but we would ask for your help too, if only to try to convince the Northern outriders to come to Bristol to dance their socks off.
What school and/or youth/junior teams would be interested in coming to Bristol next year?
We’ve had 4 applications to be a Judge at DERT 2015, there’s 5 more days to get your form completed. We’ve had 4 names so far! The closing date is midnight Wednesday 15th October. If you’ve ever thought about it, now’s the time to actually do it. The link is HERE.
6. Memory Lane
I was on the Nut on the Net yesterday, that excellent online archive of Nuts from the past. It’s well worth a look, plenty of info about teams, dances, notations and ancient gossip.
I found this article by Vince Rutland – Dancing Down the DERT Years.
We’ll keep staying in touch
Edwin and Martin