Weaving The Ribbon Of The May Pole

Jane Neill-Hancock

Wayne, United States

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Top Ten Winner, 8th place, Twelve Days of Christmas ~ Day 8 ~ Maids Challenge, Challenge Accepted Group, Dec 2012

MayPole Ribbon Dance
Dancers gather in a circle, each holding a coloured ribbon attached to a May pole. As the dance commences the ribbons are intertwined and plaited either on to the pole itself or into a web around the pole. The dancers may then retrace their steps exactly in order to unravel the ribbons. This style of maypole dancing originates in the 18th century, and is derived from traditional and ‘art’ dance forms popular in Italy and France. These were exported to the London stage and reached a large audience, becoming part of the popular performance repertoire. Adopted at a large teacher training institution, the ribbon maypole dance then spread across much of England, and is now regarded as the most ‘traditional’ of May Day’s traditional characteristics.

taken at New Bridge Landing on the Hackensack River in River Edge, in Bergen County, New Jersey, USA on a re-enactment day celebrating Pinkster and May Day.

the New Bridge Landing complex is made up of:
1. The Steuben House – a noted example of Bergen Dutch sandstone architecture
2. The Campbell-Christie House (one of my ancestor homes)
3. The Demarest House Museum (one of my ancestor homes)
4. The Westervelt-Thomas Barn

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