Free Maypole dancing workshop for teachers and community workers at Farmland Museum

PUBLISHED: 10:41 03 April 2018 | UPDATED: 14:24 03 April 2018

Free Maypole dancing workshop for educators and community workers at Denny Abbey & The Farmland Museum on Wednesday April 18.

Free Maypole dancing workshop for educators and community workers at Denny Abbey & The Farmland Museum on Wednesday April 18.

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The Farmland Museum is offering two free Maypole dancing workshops to teachers and youth and community workers.

Taking place from 2pm on Wednesday April 18, the workshop is one of several events that the museum is running.

The workshop is being run as part of the Tracing Traditions Project organised by the Museum of Cambridge.

Ann Wise, museum manager, said: “Maypole dancing as well as being part of our cultural heritage is great for teambuilding and wellbeing.

“This workshop will show you how once you’ve been taught the basics you can create your own dances with people of all ages and use any music you like including garage.”

Historians believe the first maypole dance originated as part of Germanic pagan fertility rituals.

Originally, the dancers danced around a living tree. While dancers usually perform this dance in the spring on May 1 or May Day, those in Sweden perform it during their midsummer celebrations.

The Farmland Museum is located on the A10 (Ely Road) between Cambridge and Ely.

For more information visit www.farmlandmuseum.org.uk or book by emailing info@farmlandmusuem.org.uk

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