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At the heart of English folk
Maypole Dancing


£30 | £24 concessions


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How to Teach Maypole Dancing


Cecil Sharp House, London

Led by Mike Ruff

Ticket price includes a copy of The Maypole Manual book and CD.

As part of the new EFDSS Dance Development programme, this invaluable half day training course will be led by Mike Ruff, experienced folk dance educator and co-author of The Maypole Manual, a copy of which will be given to all course participants.

The course is for teachers, dance practitioners and other group leaders who wish to expand their knowledge and skills in teaching maypole dancing in schools (key Stage 1-4), community settings and adult learning. ​No prior knowledge of maypole dancing is required.

EFDSS is keen to increase the pool of people with strong skills in teaching Maypole Dancing in a variety of settings.

The aims of the day are to:

  • Provide practical training in Maypole Dancing, including a structured teaching approach from the absolute basics to some more complex dances
  • Demonstrate how to plan and adapt dances for varied ages and settings, including creative ideas to engage the most reluctant dancers!
  • Show how maypole dancing links to the curriculum
  • Share good practice and experience of teaching and understanding maypole dancing
  • Explore how to create a performance
  • Provide a networking opportunity 
  • Signpost further professional development
  • Introduce freely available learning resources on the EFDSS Resource Bank and elsewhere, for using folk music, dance and drama.
  • Introduce resources and advice from the authors of The Maypole Manual, including advice on buying a maypole


"A really user-friendly and clear starter book for Maypole Dancing. As well as clear, ‘at a glance’ instructions, the tips and ideas for purposeful skill-building warm-ups and creative ways to include all participants make this an excellent resource for any school or group wanting to have a go at something a bit different."

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Mike Ruff

Mike Ruff has been teaching and running maypole dancing workshops and events for over 10 years, throughout the length and breadth of the country. His work has taken him into schools, Brownie packs, Museums, Art Galleries, Heritage Sites, Festivals, Palaces, Fashion Shows, TV ads and private parties. Through his folk arts education organisation, Tradamis, and latterly on his own, he has been training and mentoring teachers and practitioners to add to the existing network of Maypole dancing practitioners around the country.

Away from the maypole Mike has a full and active life as a performer and musician.  Away from the maypole Mike has a full and active life as a performer and musician.  He is an accordionist and singer and has several bands playing traditional folk music for dancing, from Barn Dances to Music Hall and Minstrels.  For more information:

The Maypole Manual

Course content draws from The Maypole Manual, a copy of which is given to all course participants.

Presented by EFDSS' Dance Development Programme.

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