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.
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.
Annie Fain is a native of the crafts and music/dance community of Brasstown and is now the Folk School’s Music & Dance Coordinator. She teaches a variety of classes at the school including book arts, clawhammer banjo, Appalachian clogging, and waltz clogging. Annie Fain plays banjo and banjo uke for the all-woman string band, Blue Eyed Girl, and has danced with both Loafers Glory Clog Morris and the Green Grass Cloggers. She continues to sell her handmade books, greeting cards, and original watercolors regionally and always wishes there were more time in a day!