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Learning the Dances: Spider's Web

Martha Stewart Living, May 2001

As always, each dance around the maypole begins with a curtsy or a bow -- one to the dancer opposite and then another, turning away from the pole, to the audience. Every other one of the twelve dancers stands still, holding their ribbons taut, while their companions (who should be moving in the same direction) weave in and out of the stationary dancers. The tightening ribbons will draw the stationary dancers toward the center of the circle.

After the winding steps have been reversed to unwind the ribbon, the stationary dancers take their turn at weaving a spider's web, while the other dancers stand still, holding their ribbons taut.