Passport to Dance
Weaving Ribbons around a Maypole!
After a long winter’s nap it’s time to wake up the earth and celebrate springtime in April and May and Midsummer in June by dancing around a beautifully decorated authentic, Maypole. Students will learn fun, easy dances as we wrap and weave ribbons ‘round the maypole while dancing to festive music from England, Germany, and Scandinavia! Learn fun facts and history of the Maypole and how each culture celebrates these festivals in their region. About 12-24 dancers is a good number to make this event look spectacular. Have a small group? Consider joining with another class or group to get all the ribbons moving! Boys and Girls welcome and colorful costumes, props, and instruments provided!! Skal vi danse?! (All Ages!)
Additional Themed Maypole Adventures
Fairyland Maypole Dance:
Traditions surrounding the Maypole vary greatly and some say it may have been the fairies who began this festive jubilee! Celebrate maypole dancing the fairy way with magical stories, charming costumes, colorful props, merry music, and lots of Fairyland Fun! All fairy folk welcome!
Hear ye, hear ye! All Lords and Ladies wishing to dance and make merry come forth! In this historical dance adventure, we’ll learn several Medieval and Renaissance dances ‘round the maypole while donning traditional dresses and tunics of the middle ages. Students will enjoy reveling to fascinating ancient music! Knights and Princesses of all ages welcome!
A one-time 90 minute class learning and dancing several dances with and without ribbons.
Maypole Workshop plus Performance:
A series of classes and a performance. Learn and rehearse several dances to be performed at an event of yours such as Multicultural Fair or Spring or Summer Festival. The Maypole Performance can also be included in a School Residency Program.
Min 10/Max 26 students per class (If you have a large group, extra students can alternate between dancing and taking on the role of Maypole Royalty as they help assist dancers with the pole and ribbons or with making music!)
Location for ALL Maypole Adventures:
If this event is to be done indoors, we need a considerable about of space to dance such a dance studio, church hall, or gymnasium as well at least 12 ft ceilings. Performing outdoors is fine as long as it the wind is not severe and the weather is not too hot or cold.