6C Twister Dancers in turn change places with the dancer opposite them on the other side of the pole, creating two spiral plaits. 6C found Twister fun to dance and the pattern created was visually stunning.
6M Chrysanythemum This dance was originally created by Chris Turner. A simple dance with only a quarter of the dancers moving in their colour group at any one time. The pattern resembles the long petals of a chrysanthemum.
In this dance one colour group goes into the middle, turns left, and makes a single clockwise circuit of the pole before returning home. This is repeated by each colour in turn and then danced in reverse to unwind.
This dance was first used at an event in the village of High Easter, Essex. A challenging dance creating 3-ribbon plaits radiating out from the pole. Great for small team working.
The Easter Plait was created when the dancers had done the main dance around their big outdoor pole when the weather turned, moving them inside. Twelve girls wanted to carry on dancing, and this was the result.
The Easter Plait is literally like plaiting hair. When the movement starts to flow the dancers realise that they are all travelling in a figure of eight pattern. This is called a hey or a reel.
This is a very traditional dance that appears wherever there are Maypoles. The dance is a development of Circling with the inner and outer circles moving in opposite directions. This creates two separate spirals around the pole.
John Ruskin gave this dance it’s name because with red and white ribbons it resembles a Barbers Pole. These colours originally signified blood and flesh, which were the main components of the barber surgeon’s trade.
Silkstream is a sequel to a dance called ropes which was the first Maypole dance the children learned. It teaches basic techniques to younger dancers and 3W had fun learning and performing it.
Silkstream was devised by Mike Ruff when his planned, more complex dance went very wrong! Its rather chaotic appearance, energy and competitive element were an immediate success with 3H.
Silkstream is unusual as it changes tempo three times during the dance. It starts with a fast reel and changes to a more steady jig in the middle. This section creates a slightly different pattern at the top of the pole and gives a useful period of calm. The music then returns to a reel [...]
Silkstream is great for any lively group of dancers and a vivid contrast to some more complex technical dances. 3B had fun learning and performing the dance.