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Molly Dancing

A Christmas time tradition in East Anglia associated with Plough Monday and thought to be 'less well developed' than Morris or Sword dancing. There are no sticks or handkerchiefs and there is a tendency to wear bright colours or ribbons and shout a lot. Faces are often blacked but may be painted. Some maintain that the Molly Dance was a rough and ready version of the current social dances, others that it was more of a ceremonial.

Molly dancing was resurrected by Cambridge Morris and there are modern sides in East Anglia (e.g. Gog Magog and Pig Dyke) and elsewhere.