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Maypole dancing

Posted: 20th May 2015 | Category: Headmaster's Blog

Maypole dancing is a form of folk dance that seems to have developed in Germany, England and Sweden.

Nine years ago Simon Rudge, a parent at school and a superior in the hierarchy of the Mayfield Silver Band, approached Skippers on behalf of the Mayfield Chamber of Commerce and asked us to take part in their newly re-invented Mayfield May Fair.

Of course, we accepted!  I never suspected that 9 years later I would be in charge of a dancing troupe, which would perform intricate circle dances intertwining their ribbons in either a spider’s web or to plait the pole itself.

Being half Teutonic myself made the whole task alluring – nothing to do with pagan  rituals, believe you me!

Why do we take part?

firstly it is great fun

secondly, it is being a vibrant part of the local community

thirdly, it is an art form and a discipline

lastly, the children get free ice creams for their sterling work

This year’s performance was spectacular and exact. Being an expert teacher, I delegated authority to 3 of my Year 8 girls: VJ, Sarah and Francesca.  They took complete responsibility for the event and all I had to do was take the plaudits and pay for the ice creams!

My thanks to this talented troupe of dancers and, girls, you had better start coaching Mr. Hammond now in preparation for the Mayfield Fayre next year!

Exit to the tune:

Now is the month of Maying, when merry lads are playing! Fa la la la la!
Each with his bonny lass, a-dancing on the grass, fa la la la la!

The Spring, clad all in gladness, doth laugh at Winter's sadness! Fa la la la la!
And to the bagpipes’ sound, the nymphs tread out the ground! Fa la la la la!

 Now to undergo metamorphosis!

Jetzt ist es wieder Maien vergnügte Burschen spielen. Fa la la la la!
Jeder mit seiner Liebsten,auf dem grünen Gras. Fa la la la la!

Das Frühjahr kleidet alle in Fröhlichkeit lacht über Winters Traurigkeit. Fa  la la la la!
Zum Klange der Sackpfeifen die Nymphen aus ihrem Gefilde trippeln. Fa la la la la!

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