PLYMOUTH MAIDS CLOG DANCERS
The Plymouth Maids were established in 1980. The 'Leader', as she was then known, was Kath Wilson. The original members were few but keen and with the assistance of the Plymouth Morris Men began performing out in public in the summer of 1980.
The Maids dance in clogs, which was the typical footwear worn in the North West of England well into the twentieth century. They perform a variety of dances in the style of North West Morris, but also include some step dances.
Clog or processional Morris is a much more modern type of 'Morris Dance' than, for instance, Cotswold Morris. It originated in the county areas of Lancashire and Cheshire in the 18th century. At the time of the rush harvests, the rushes were used to decorate carts which were pulled by teams of men or women , who would stop and perform ritual dances during the procession. Such dances have seen a recent revival and are performed by teams throughout the country.
The Maids practise new dances from October to May, they then perform for the public at various locations, including Folk Festivals both home and abroad, fêtes, pubs, and in the streets of Plymouth and other tourist attractions.
The costume, based on a 19th century mill girls' working clothes, is made by the members themselves and is highlighted and personalised by hand embroidery on the apron.
The Maids pride themselves that they give of their best when performing out, they look good, they work as a team, but most importantly they enjoy themselves!
New members are always welcome.
Practices are held on Thursday evenings from October to the end of April at Emmanuel Church Hall, 1 Compton Avenue. Mannamead, Plymouth PL3 5BZ. This is a fun way of keeping fit. Previous dance experience is not needed, just a sense of rhythm. For more information speak to any of the team.
Due to the impact of the pandemic, Plymouth Maids have not been able to dance in public for a considerable time. We have commenced practise sessions but will probably not perform in public until 2022. We will announce any such performances in due course. In the meantime if you are interested in joining or wish to find out more, please see the contact details elsewhere on this site.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
It may be that you are interested in finding out more about Plymouth Maids. Here are the answers to questions you may have. For more information please contact us as shown under Contact Us heading.
CAN I GIVE CLOG DANCING A TRY TO SEE WHAT IT IS LIKE?
Yes. We have an annual open evening which is announced in the press and/or Facebook. However we are open to receive newcomers and those who just want to find out more on any Thursday evening between September and April.
IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CLOG DANCING AND MORRIS DANCING?
Clog dancing is also called North West Morris but has its own separate tradition - see "About". There is also much on this subject to be found on the web.
AM I ABLE TO BOOK THE PLYMOUTH MAIDS TO PERFORM AT AN EVENT?
Yes. Subject to available dancers and musicians we offer to dance at your or your organisations event for a small fee.
DOES ALL THE MONEY COLLECTED GO TO CHARITY ?
Every couple of years we make a substantial contribution to a charity we have identified. The remainder of the money collected goes to support the team
WHERE DO I SEND PHOTOS AND VIDEOS OF PLYMOUTH MAIDS WHICH I AM HAPPY TO SHARE WITH THEM?
Email to firstname.lastname@example.org or share to our facebook page Plymouth Maids Clog Dancers
A Dance Created by Plymouth Maids
Some time ago Plymouth Maids created a dance named Plymouth Reel.
Over the years It has spread and has been danced by sides over the UK and further afield. Here are links to some of them.