Six smiling children pause during their dancing around a May Pole at a Washington, D.C., elementary school in 1936. The origins of May Pole dancing are murky, but it likely began as a pre-Christian ritual to encourage a good harvest during the upcoming growing season. But now, from rural areas to inner cities, it’s just one more way to say hello to the warm summer months. And, give kids a chance to burn off their energy.
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