General Dance Discussion > Maypole dancing: shoes or bare feet ?

Discussion in 'General Dance Discussion' started by AJ-10, Mar 20, 2010.

  1. AJ-10

    AJ-10 New Member

    We are holding a may day festival for the first time and the local girls are doing a maypole dance. They are wearing white dresses for the dance and will be dancing on a lawn, but we are not sure whether they should wear shoes or go barefoot. What do you think would be best ?
  2. Al Gisnered

    Al Gisnered Member

    Shoes. Even if you are doing the Isadora Duncan bit - diaphanous shrouds with no underclothing and headbands - the prospect of the young ladies prancing about with their feet soiled, and possibly muddied, from the effects of a recent rain, is most unattractive. It's been done, but not very successfully.
  3. AJ-10

    AJ-10 New Member

    Yeah I see your point there, if it's been wet recently we'll definetely tell them to wear shoes. But if it's a dry day do you think they should go barefoot ?
  4. Al Gisnered

    Al Gisnered Member

    I wouldn't. To my mind Maypole has a refinement about it. Though it comes from a folk tradition it's not the same as dancing on the sands of a Greek Isle - barefoot.
  5. jwlinson

    jwlinson Member

    How about sandals? Keeps an almost-barefoot look for the traditionalist, yet is still enough of a shoe to protect from the elements.
  6. samina

    samina Well-Known Member

    i woulda thought barefoot would be appropriate. maypole dancing originated as part of a pagan spring-time fertility tradition, didn't it? :cool:
  7. jwlinson

    jwlinson Member

    Yes, actually, it did. Same origins as eggs and rabbits for Easter!

    I agree barefoot would be a better alternative, but some don't want to get their feet dirty :)
  8. samina

    samina Well-Known Member

    there would be something either lurid or authentic about girls in white dresses with muddy feet. :)

    but it does remind me of the communal activity of grape-pressing during harvest time, where there's a lot of festivity surrounding all the mess. it's a sensual, earthy thing... and these are sensual, earthy traditions at their heart.

    after all, what's a little mud? :rolleyes:
  9. bordertangoman

    bordertangoman Well-Known Member

    ITS ALL TO DO with the fertility Goddes Eostre or Ostara
    so go with lurid :raisebro:
  10. opendoor

    opendoor Well-Known Member

  11. drejenpha

    drejenpha Member

    The right amount of alcohol makes everything else unimportant.
  12. AJ-10

    AJ-10 New Member

    We'd like to be as traditional as possible with the dance, was going barefoot a major part of the pagan tradition ?
  13. opendoor

    opendoor Well-Known Member

    ...and what about this year?
  14. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    Authentic is great. But somehow I have to wonder if the fair maidens of yore lived the cushy life we do today. Fair or not, I bet they had crusty feet. If I were into maypole dancing, I might look into getting some flesh-toned Roman sandally (old fashioned looking) shoes to protect my feet. I can't imagine that jumping around barefoot is just about mud these days. To me, it would be more about avoiding having tiny rocks puncture my pedicured tootsies.

    And while we're on the subject, those young maidens of the ancient maypole dances probably had a lot more to worry about than sore feet. Just sayin.
  15. Jim Chad

    Jim Chad New Member

    My question is related in that we are talking about dancing on grass. Over the summer, some friends and I will be going Salsa and Swing dancing on grass. This is on different night and different venues, by the way.

    For men and woman, what kind of shoes are best or do people like barefoot best?
  16. opendoor

    opendoor Well-Known Member

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