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May madness...

 I'm knackered.  May bank holiday weekend is the top time for morris and maypole bookings, but dancing, playing and calling maypole dancing two days in succession is really exhausting.

Still, the Saturday maypole group were definitely above average. Managed a decent plait (which isn't as easy as it sounds).  Admittedly, I used a simple 'cheat' plait in which the odds and evens move alternately, but if you let everyone move together, then the ones who have internalised the pattern speed up and overtake the slower ones and create a toplogical disaster.

It's only safe to let everyone move if they are ALL experienced dancers and hence move strictly in time with the music, as that synchronises their actions.

If anyone out there has a group of adults (minimum of 8, max 24) who would like to spend half a day to a day learning how to do complex maypole dances as a team, just let me know.  It's something I'd love to teach...

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xenaclone
May. 2nd, 2017 07:13 am (UTC)
There was an...alternative Morris band [troupe?] in town on Sunday. They were dressed in black [so a variant of Black Morris?] and one of them had put black on half his face. Two of the others were wearing masks. They were doing the dance with sticks where you tap it on the ground then throw it to your partner across the set in rapid succession. They didn't miss a single one!
watervole
May. 2nd, 2017 09:54 am (UTC)
They would have been a Border morris side, almost certainly. Were they wearing tatter jackets? there's no such thing as 'black morris' but a lot of Border sides do wear black and face paint/masks is quite common in Border Morris.

Anonymous Morris used to do a stick-tossing dance - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3YmpP77fMw

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