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Wednesday 12th February 2003
The Brummie Gems want you
Mollie and the Brummie Gems
Mollie meets the Molly dancers
Do you like to dance in an aggressive manner whilst wearing a disguise? Maybe you should consider joining the Brummie Gems, Birmingham's Molly Dancing group.
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The Brummie Gems take their name from the 'Brummie Gems' of the nineteenth century - the jewellery, buckles and buttons made in Birmingham.

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Fun: the ladies swing out

When Jan Jennings, Sue Bell, Anne Simpson, Marion Bagley and Ann Walker from the Brummie Gems visited BBC WM's Malcolm and Mollie show we grabbed the opportunity to photograph them.

Click 'play' to see the Brummie Gems in action.

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What is Molly Dancing?
In eighteenth century East Anglia, farm labourers took part in wintertime street dancing, which became known as 'Molly Dancing'. The original Molly Dancers were men wearing women's clothes who smudged their faces with soot or burnt cork.

The eighteenth century Molly dancers performed parodies of polite social dances. After their performances the dancers collected (and often demanded) money, ale and food from their audience.

The Brummie Gems
The group do Molly dancing in the winter and Morris dancing in the summer. Their youngest member is ten years old, their oldest 80 plus. The Brummie Gems are proud of their part in reviving tradition. They dance because it's fun!

For more information about Brummie Gem performances and how to join please contact the WM Action line on: 08453 030 030
(calls are charged at a local rate)
or email radio.wm@bbc.co.uk

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