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Graham Pirt Clogging (18) RE: Clogging 19 Oct 99

Bob The North West you refer to is from Lancashire, danced in teams of either men or women (but not often both. The clogging I referred to was from the North East of England, although there are similar individual styles in other parts of the country. I was interested in the "Marley" dancing. In Norfolk there are morris dancers known as Molly Dancers -usually with blacked faces - perhaps a hangover from the days when Morris translated from Moorish.

When young and fit I used to dance Rapper which is a sword dance from the North East of England performed by pitmen. The rappers are double handled spring steel blades used to scrape sweat and dust from the pit ponies. The team of five dancers never let go of the handles always remaining joined in complex figures interspersed with stepping.

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