Covid-19: We’re still online using Zoom conferencing software. It;s not the same, but using this technology allows us to virtually get together and dance safe at home with friends online. Duo Mistral (Chris & Caroline) are always available. And there are significant advantages: we can have musicians and dancers from ALL OVER THE WORLD
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We always have Live Music, though Covid means we cannot at present have more than one or two musicians at a time, but you can play along (PLEASE TURN YOUR MIKE OFF!). Duo Mistral (Chris & Caroline Shaw) are happy to share their years of experience of playing and dancing in various French regions.
Please contact Chris if you would like to play on;ine on one or other of these dates. We want to keep up our eclectic mix.
Many of the dances we do are danced all over Europe, but we do like to shine a spotlight on dances from specific areas. Fest Noz, Balfolk, Bal Trad, Bal Occitan are titles used to describe what we do. The accent is on dancing with fun, but we usually try and tell you about the context of the dances, fitting them into the cultural traditions of the various regions.
We meet courtesy of Zoom Online monthly on the 2nd Friday of each month, including July and August under LockDown, and we have added an On Bouge Extra on the 4th Monday. Please join the email list so we can keep you up to date (send Chris an email at email@example.com).
Dancing is from 8pm to 10.30pm. Please don’t join the ZoomBal before 7.45pm. BYO booze.
- Friday 11 September
- Extra: Monday 28 September
- Friday 9 October
- Extra: Monday 26 September
- Friday 13 November
- Extra: Monday 23 November
- Friday 11 December
- Extra: Probably no Extra this month
We dance several types of dances from different regions of France:
- Bourrées come from central France and are danced in a variety of ways. Most people are familiar with the bourrée droite, where you are in two lines facing your partner and the music is two-time (4/4) or three-time (3/8). Other bourrées are danced in couples or in groups of four or six people. Montagnards are Auvergne bourrées danced in cortège while you slowly make your way to the top and then, helter-skelter-like, you bourrée through the cortège and join it again at the bottom. There are specific styles of bourrée from Berry, Bourbonnais, Nivernais, Morvan, Auvergne, Corrèze and Gascony, with one or two local styles of bourrée elsewhere.
- Schottische, Mazurka, Polka and Valse are popular couple dances danced all over France.
- Breton dances such as Gavotte des Montagnes, An Dro, Hanter Dro, Dans Plinn and Suite de Loudéac are danced in long snaking lines which intermingle and diverge. And we have been working on dances from Léon (north-west Brittany) recently.
- Gascon dances such as rondeaux and congos. And the Ronde de Quercy from just to the north of Gascony.
- Dances from Béarn and Pays Basque (in the Pyrenées Atlantique) such as the sauts, e.g. Sept sauts, La Craba, Dus, Marianne. Danced singly in a circle,with springy steps, but still very much a communal dance.
- We have now added the Branles from the Vallée d’Ossau, Béarn.