||:1-8:|||(a)||In open circle, all dance 8 waltz steps CW. Turn and repeat CCW.|
||:1-8:|||(b)||Right-hand to own partner, turn one full turn CW on the spot with 2 waltz steps. Dance 2 waltz steps to next person (W moving CW around circle, M moving CCW). Repeat 3 times. Try to keep the CW twists in the ribbons in as straight a line down the pole as possible, and the ribbons flat on the pole.|
|Repeat from (a) as desired. When pole is covered with woven ribbon, or ribbons are too short to proceed, tie them off, preferably in a bow.|
Source: For a performance, the Danish Folk Dancers of Toronto needed a maypole ribbon dance, but descriptions of these are relatively rare, and those I found I didn't like. So I made this one up.
Denmark has had a tradition of erecting a maypole (for example, on Avernakø), but whether
or not ribbon dances were done around it is at present unclear to the author.
For additional ideas in winding ribbons around a maypole, see article in Bittersweet vol. IX(3), Spring 1982.
Devised by: Laine Ruus, Oakville, 2013-05-01
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