Maypole dance

Maypole dance

Takes place around a flower-decked pole hung with ribbons on May day. A symbolic fertility rite, the dancers holding a length of ribbon, circle the pole in opposite directions weaving in and out of each other, creating a unified ribbon pattern.
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The Maypole dances had been banished, games and laughter were frowned upon.
there will be some other special events at the Fifth Street Public Market even earlier to celebrate the spring, with children from the Waldorf School weaving their way through a traditional May Day maypole dance at 5 p.
Historians believe the first maypole dance originated as part of pagan fertility rituals in Germany.
It stayed dry for the maypole dance in Glastonbury, Somerset, watched by the foliagecovered pagan "Green Man".
Several sequences in The Wicker Man, including the maypole dance, schoolhouse, the ruined kirk and the graveyard scenes, were filmed in the village of Anwoth.
Children from Berkswell Primary School delighted visitors with their maypole dance, while the ice-cream van ran out of treats.
The coarse comedy of Faustus was here refined; the characters were as well defined as ever, the maypole dance of the plot intricate and well-nigh faultless.
One of the better known traditions is the maypole dance, sometimes re-enacted by primary schoolchildren today.
La Fille Mal Garde (roughly translated in English as The Wayward Daughter) is a three-act comic ballet featuring enchanting choreography for a cast of over 40 dancers, with a maypole dance, a clog-dancing widow, dancing chickens and a live pony on stage.
Parents claim organisers of a village festival put their children at risk of electrocution by refusing to stop a maypole dance during an electrical storm.
WHEN the familiar rhythm of the maypole dance Barwick Green cantered into the wireless sets, people who wished to be reminded of old England waited for the much-seasoned voice of Dan Archer to deliver a rustic homily.
The show concluded with a maypole dance with all of the dancers.