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Wiltshire Folk Arts

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Gog Magog Molly

Molly dancing is an ancient tradition from the depths of East Anglia, practiced by the locals and passed down the generations by word of mouth alone. Once widely observed in the fenland villages, now only a few continue the tradition. Many people say that molly dancers are less than mentally secure and accuse them of performing 'manic street dances'! Few realise its true artistic nature. Disregarded by Cecil sharp as being primitive, the traditional dances form the basis for Gog Magog's repertoire which also includes their own compositions (and one or two dances borrowed from other sides). Gogs are easily spotted by their colourful attire and carefully un-coordinating faces.

Website: www.cam.ac.uk/societies/molly/

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