Hosts of the Halesworth Day of Dance

OXBLOOD MOLLY

Formed in 2005, Oxblood are delighted to host the annual Day of Dance in Halesworth. Performing our very own lighter interpretation of the Fenland tradition of Molly Dancing, and are very pleased that so many other sides are able to join us.

You can easily spot us from our vibrant Red and Black colour scheme.
We practice from September to March in Emmanuel Community Rooms, Bungay - come along on Sundays between 2 and 4pm and join in the fun.

 

ABOUT

Brief History of Molly Dancing

Molly dancing is a form of English Morris dance, traditionally done by out-of-work ploughboys in midwinter in 19th century East Anglia.

Molly dancing is associated with Plough Monday, the first Monday after Epiphany, during which farmhands would drag a plough round the villages crying “a penny for the plough boys”, and if no penny was forthcoming, cut a furrow across the cheapskate’s front lawn. The dancers, wishing to gain employment from those same landowners shortly afterwards, would attempt to conceal their identities by blacking their faces with soot and dressing up in a modified version of their Sunday best, typically black garments adorned with coloured scarves and other fripperies. It was originally an all-male tradition but with one of the members—the Molly—dressed up as a woman.

Molly dancing all but died out after the First World War, but was revived in the nineteen seventies evolving into the popular and artistic dances we see today.

Molly dancing has a step all of its own, bringing one leg up so that the thigh is horizontal and the calf vertical, with the arm on the opposite side making an “L” shape with clenched fist.

 
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CONTACT US

Emmanuel Church Community , Upper Olland St, Bungay NR35 1BH

07767763318

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EVENTS 2020

Our dance season runs from October to March, from Apple Days to the Halesworth Day of dance.

 
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MARK JONES DAY OF DANCE

January 25th 2020

Begins at The Cutter, Ely 10:30am

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WINTER LIGHTS

Saturday, February 15th 2020

Dance out at Halesworth Library followed by a procession to the Millennium green Folly for Winter Lights Festival

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SOUTHWOLD DANCE OUT

February 23rd 2020

Seaside dance-out, 2pm until 4pm

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HALESWORTH DAY OF DANCE

Saturday 28th March 2020

30 morris sides come to Halesworth to celebrate our 15th year of dancing