Dancing with the May Pole

How glorious it was to celebrate May Day with each of our Dancing Heart sites. May Day has a long history as one of the world’s most celebrated festivals.  At each of our sites–Veterans Adult Day, Carondelet Village, Wilder Adult Day, Deer Crest  Assisted Living, Struthers Parkinson’s Center, and at the Veterans Hospital  we too celebrated, honoring the earth, making blessings and dancing! With merry making we sang and danced around the May Pole.

The May Pole dance originated from Celtic, Ancient Roman and Indian cultures. The May Pole is a long wooden pole anchoring long individual rainbow colored ribbons.

Everyone participated–in wheel chairs, walkers, standing–we all shared in bringing this ancient celebration to life. We sang an old May Day song, stomping our feet, weaving together the individual ribbons, symbolizing a connection between us and the earth! Rejoicing that summer is here!

Toe and Heel–Jolly Rumbelow

We were up long before the day oh!

To welcome in the summer to welcome in the May oh!

Summer is a coming and winter’s on its way oh!

Happy May Day!



The mission of Kairos Dance Theatre is to transform and revitalize individuals and communities. We work with older adults in intergenerational settings to liberate the healing power of interactive dance and story. We achieve our mission by engaging the skills of professional teaching artists.

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