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May Day Magic: Dance, Joy, Community!

May Day Magic: Dance, Joy, Community!

May Day at Episcopal Day is always something special, and this year’s celebration was an absolute blast! We had so much fun honoring our amazing eighth graders and welcoming spring with joy, laughter, and dance! 

As always, the excitement started building up weeks before the big day this year. Students from pre-k to sixth grade were busy practicing their dances for weeks before the day, and school families even continued the tradition of making colorful paper bouquets and boutonnieres for our eighth grade graduates. Students proudly donned these on the big day, proudly carrying a little piece of their individual school families with them into this next chapter of their academic careers. 

This year, the festivities kicked off at 10 a.m. with a special Chapel service led by our graduating eighth graders. The students were introduced to the community for the first time as the ‘Class of 2024’, and they shared touching memories, expressed gratitude for their families, friends, and teachers, and offered heartfelt prayers. Each eighth grader said a little something at the pulpit, and it was a sentimental reminder of how much they’ve grown over the course of their years at EDS. We hope you were as blown away as we were witnessing the wisdom and maturity of our graduates. 

Of course, it wouldn’t be May Day without our tradition of students in grades pre-k - sixth performing for their eighth grade peers, and following the Chapel service, we headed to the lawn for some incredible dance performances: 

  • Pre-k students brought on the nostalgia with the ‘Kinderpolka’. 

  • Kindergarteners clapped, clapped, clapped to ‘Klapdans’. 

  • First Graders twirled to ‘The Chimes of Dunkirk.’ 

  • Second Graders battled it out to ‘The Final Countdown’. 

  • Third Graders dazzled the audience with ‘I’m Still Standing’. 

  • Fourth Graders grooved to 'Dance the Night Away,' inspired by the Barbie movie.

  • Fifth Graders brought energy and fun with their dance to 'Calm Down' by Rema.

  • Sixth Graders touched our hearts with a tribute to their eighth-grade friends set to Tyler the Creator's 'See You Again.'

The final dance was the traditional Maypole Ribbon Dance, danced by some of our sixth graders with the help of pre-k students, a beautiful way to celebrate spring and wrap up a wonderful series of performances. 

Our seventh graders had a big role too. They helped set everything up, led the festive procession, and some even emceed the dances, showing off their excellent punning skills and keeping everyone entertained despite this year’s windier conditions. 

As we reflect on this year’s iteration of the beloved tradition, it’s easy to see that May Day is more than just dancing; it’s about coming together as a community, celebrating our connections, and making unforgettable memories. We’re so grateful for the love and support that everyone put into making this day possible.

A huge thank you to everyone who helped make May Day a success. Your support and enthusiasm are what make our community so special. We hope you enjoyed the day as much as we did and look forward to more fun celebrations in the future. 

Here’s to many more years of celebrating together!

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