Dancing Round the Maypole
Maypole and country dance instruction manual†
This 96-page book has been used
by thousands of schools across the country since it was first published in 1999
(current revised edition, 2004) and continues to be extremely popular.
Contents include instructions for
10 maypole dance figures, a ribbon dance and 12 country dances, all fully
illustrated with photographs and diagrams, and a teaching script for the
The book also contains a wealth
of helpful tips and suggestions; historical information and background to the
dances; tunes for the dances; and full instructions on how to make your own
wooden maypole, as well as advice on buying ready-made maypoles.
Although written with teachers in
mind, this book is also appropriate for dance leaders working with groups of
all ages in many community contexts as well as with children and young people
in schools. Maypole dancing is suitable and enjoyable for children and adults
of all ages from around 5 years up.
The book is accompanied by a CD of
music specially chosen to support the teaching of the dances.
Book and CD can be bought as a set:
Round the Maypole Set
Round the Maypole CD
Written by Diana Campbell Jewitt
(with input from Chris Turner)