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.