Desert View Elementary third- and fourth-graders celebrated the end of winter on Friday by twisting, turning and weaving pastel ribbons in a maypole dance.

Traditionally celebrated in Europe around May 1 — or May Day — the maypole dance involves each participant standing in a circle around a central pole holding a ribbon. The dancers then weave the ribbons to create a plaited pattern and retrace steps to again separate the ribbons.

The school’s gym was packed Friday for the performance.

Kathy Houk, physical education teacher, brought the dance to the school when she began teaching there 10 years ago.

“We’ve done this every year since the school opened,” Houk said Friday. “This is our way of welcoming spring and celebrating tradition.”

This year students danced around three maypoles, two on the gym floor and one on the stage, with ribbons purchased by the Desert View Parent Club.

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