Maypole Dances

Maypole dancing can be fun for all ages. younger children can do the easier dances and the more advanced dances can be taught to older children.

Before beginning the dance, assign everyone partners who they will stand next to.  Use colors (or numbers), to label all the children so they will be able to follow the instructions (see the dancing diagram for how to color them). The partners should be opposite colors.

Once everyone knows their color and the first dance has been explained, the dance begins with a bow or curtsy to their partner and then they turn the opposite way of the pole to bow/curtsy to the audience.

The Maypole Dances:
The Circle Dance
The Barber's Pole
The Spider's Web
The Single Braid