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Learning the Dances: Single Braid

Martha Stewart Living, May 2001

A single braid is created when alternate (every other one) maypole dancers move in opposite directions and weave their streamers in and out, over and under. The rhythm of the step can be determined by the music you play or the tune the dancers want to sing. They move simultaneously with a gliding step

Each dancer alternates between going over or under the streamer of each dancer he or she meets as they circle the pole. Once the streamers have been fully wound, the dance is reversed, again going over and under the other dancers' streamers until they are unwound. Dancers can improvise steps so long as the braiding of the ribbons is consistent.