Welcome to Alton Maypole Dancers

Alton Maypole Dancers is a community dance group formed in early 2020. When active sessions for adults take place on a weekly basis over spring/summer and the group welcomes people of all abilities who are interested in learning new and exciting maypole dances. For further session dates for the adult group please see here.

We also run workshops for children and the community. All sessions are listed here.

If you are interested in joining the adult group or wish to get in contact about holding a workshop please get in contact here.

Why Maypole?

  • No dance experience necessary
  • A fun way to raise your heart rate
  • No dance partner needed
  • No upfront costs (just a donation after each session to cover hall costs)
  • It’s lots of fun!

I’ve always been fascinated by the beauty of the Maypole and by the potential of choreographing clever and engaging dances around it.  In my opinion it’s an underestimated dance form which requires no partner, caters for all abilities of dancer and has a wonderful community aspect to it. The dances only become something special when all of the group contribute. It’s also a lot of fun.

Maypole is often associated with primary school children but it wasn’t always that way.  A couple of years ago I went to a maypole workshop at Cecil Sharp House (home to The English Folk Dance and Song Society). To my astonishment I discovered that it wasn’t originally an activity for children. In fact it seems that children dancing around a maypole is really a very British thing; of 20 countries around the world who dance around the maypole the UK is one of the few countries where the dance is performed by children. This all harks back to a man called John Ruskin who transformed maypole dancing in 19th century into what we see today (if you want to read a little bit more about this see my blog post http://altonmaypole.co.uk/the-history-of-maypole-dancing.)

As much as the maypole is certainly a wonderful thing for school children to do, it’s a tremendous amount of fun for adults too! The sessions that run are for all different age groups.

If you are interested in joining the adult group please fill in the contact form here and I’ll shortly be in touch with you about the sessions.