Maypole dancing is a fun activity for all ages to participate in, both in an educational setting such as a school or nursery and for celebrations such as fairs, country shows and even weddings! And it’s fun all year round – not just in May!

Alison Rowley has ten years of experience as a music and dance workshop leader. She has her own full-sized maypole with 24 ribbons, and can either provide a live musician or play exciting recorded music through her PA system.


Age Groups

At EYFS, KS1 and KS2 level, Maypole dance workshops are an excellent introduction to British values and dance history, combined with physical recreation, teamwork and a lot of fun creating patterns and shapes with brightly-coloured ribbons!

Maypole can be a fun style of dance for KS3+ too! We’ll go for high-speed, high energy versions of some easier dances, and see how complicated we can make things. There can be some crossover with other dance styles too.


Teacher Training

Alison can also provide CPD sessions for teachers. In addition to teaching a range of dances, she can suggest suitable music, appropriate warmups and ways of linking maypole dance to the rest of the curriculum, catering to different abilities and achieving high standards.


Age group: EYFS, KS1, KS2, KS3+, teacher training

Length: 30-60 minutes per class; one-off whole day workshops, or a series of workshops (half days only offered within 20 miles of Bristol)

Skills and knowledge developed: creativity, teamwork, problem-solving, history, PE, musicality, maths and geometry

Event type: suitable for school celebrations, British Values curriculum days, PE lessons, after school clubs, and community events

Provided: maypole with 24 ribbons (unless the school has its own), experienced tutor, exciting recorded music and portable speaker

Requirements: large hall with a high ceiling (or a dry playground)


If you’d like Alison to teach maypole dancing at your school or event, please enquire now!