From this morning's New York Times:
No one is quite sure when New York City children began celebrating spring by dancing in schoolyards, their teachers leading them, often awkwardly, through the steps, their proud parents gathered round, snapping pictures and clapping along. It is a peculiar urban rite — called Dance Festival in most of the city, and May Fete on Staten Island — that has been around, it seems, for as long as the public school system itself.My most vivid Dance Festival memories (P.S. 131, Boro Park, Brooklyn) involve crepe-paper armbands and sashes and a song called "Wind the Bobbin":
Wind, wind, wind the bobbin,Or was it "Tap, tap, tap"?
Wind, wind, wind the bobbin,
Pull, and pull,
And clap, clap, clap.
Oh to be a city-kid again.
Link » When School Turns Into the Land of 1,000 Dances
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