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French Bal Folk Dance Sampler

by Annie Fain Barralon on August 11, 2017

in Music & Dance

Interested in trying a bit of French Dance? A French Bal Folk Weekend Workshop is coming up Sept. 8-10, 2017 at the Folk School. Nadine Marianelli and Polo Bulguière are coming all the way from France to co-teach and play the music along with Geraud and Annie Fain Barralon.

Join us for a lovely weekend of traditional French dance to fantastic live music by international band, French Ida. The dances will be a sampling from various regions of France, ranging from raucous to rhythmic, from circular in form to partner dances. (You do not need a partner.) Dances will be accessible, and all steps will be taught, but some previous dance experience is helpful. Be prepared for a moderate level of exercise. Free admission to that Saturday’s Community Contra Dance included. French Ida with Robbin L. Marcus calling.

Register for the class on our website.

See French Bal dancing in action during a fun flash mob at a Paris train station:

Here is a great video of French Ida playing a contra dance on a previous visit to the Folk School. The dancing in the video below is not French Bal, but it a great sample of the amazing musical stylings of French Ida. The tune is called “Ada Meet Zoe” and Janet Shepard is calling the dance, “Rant and Roar” by Russell Owen.

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