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English maypole dance

English maypole dance

This 1908 photograph shows children performing an English maypole dance in Auckland. In the mid-1800s maypole dances were most often seen as part of theatrical performances. In the 1880s their popularity surged. For a few decades the dances, performed by young women or children, became a feature of social events and school concerts. By the time this photograph was taken the height of the craze had passed, but maypole dancing remained popular until the 1920s.

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Auckland City Libraries – Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero, Sir George Grey Special Collections
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Megan Cook, 'Cultural dance - European cultural dance', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 January 2022)

Story by Megan Cook, published 22 Oct 2014