Brummie Gems Molly Dancers

 

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In the autumn and winter months we often perform as Brummie  Gems Molly Dancers.

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We dress in bright, clashing colours (all from charity shops) decorated in the gems of Birmingham’s jewellery trade.apple days and scotland 004Molly dancing originates in East Anglia , in the Fen country. It takes the form of stylised Country dances which were often danced on Plough Monday, the first Monday after Epiphany (or Twelth Night.)

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Farm workers would have performed these dances to earn money in the winter and, in disguise, made fun of the gentry. We often have a ‘Lord’ and ‘Lady’ in our dances, who take the lead-but are sometimes mocked by others.

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We sometimes incorporate lively stick dances from the Welsh borders.

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