A MAYPOLE DANCE
Music: Maypole Dance
Musicians: Volksdanscentrale voor Vlanderen
Formation: Single circle facing pole, with dancers numbered around the circle from one to four (1,2,3,4; 1,2, 3, 4; and so on); ones and twos are partners, threes and fours are partners; ones and threes stand on left side of partner. All hands are joined.
Introduction: 8 counts
TEACHING THE DANCE
16 Sixteen skips, circling to the left;
16 Sixteen skips, circling to the right;
8 Each set of four, with their hands joined, circle to the left with eight skips;
8 Circle to the right with eight skips. Finish with each couple facing partner, both hands joined.
16 With sixteen skips turn twice around with partner; finish facing partner, ones and threes with their backs to the pole.
8 With a walking step, back away eight steps from partner;
8 Skip eight steps back to partner and join both hands;
16 With sixteen skips turn twice around partner. Finish in a single circle, facing pole.
8 All walk forward four steps and back four steps;
8 All skip eight steps toward the pole;
8 Pick up ribbons and hold high in RIGHT hands;
Eight skips back to place, and face partner.
8 Use full eight counts to bow to partner;
8 Bring ribbons to position for winding, both hands on ribbon about twelve inches apart, palms down. Those facing line of dance (LOD) hold ribbon high and step to outside; those facing reverse line of dance (RLOD) hold ribbon low and step to inside. Keep ribbon taut while winding.