Brittany is the large peninsula of the northwesternmost corner of France. The Bretons have their own dialects which are used in addition to the official French language. They also have beautiful folk dances.
Hanter Dro is a very simple dance, suitable for warm-up:
Avant deux de Touches:
Bal de Jugon is a couple dance in two patterns:
Gilgoden is a circle mixer in two patterns:
Jabadao is a vigorous dance. The signs on the backs of the dancers in this video suggest to me that this might be a competition:
Kost Ar C’hoad:
Valse Écossaise, a waltz:
An Dro Retourné is a circle dance with two patterns. The first pattern has a pinkie handhold.
Bannielou Lambaol is a simple, two part dance that is often taught in elementary school in the US:
I love the music to Le Laridé a 8 temps:
Lots of good stuff here, folks.
At Phoenix International Folk Dancers we recently had a guest teacher, the remarkable Karen Faust, who taught us this French Folk Dance (so much fun!). Branle Gai Alsacien:
Which made me wonder, what other French dances do I know?
An Dro Retourne:
Le Laridé. I remember this music, but I don’t think I ever actually learned the steps. Apparently, there are several versions of this dance, and it’s done to several different pieces of music.
Bannielou Lambaol is often taught to children because it is quite simple:
Branle Normand. I suspect this might have been filmed at a Dutch Orff Shulwerk class. I’m basing this guess solely on the fact that the instructor is keeping time with a tone block, a typical elementary general music class instrument.
I am not sure if Bourée å deux temps is the name of the dance or of the band which is playing:
This video shows beautiful performances of several French folk dances, but I don’t know the names of any of them:
The last three dances are actually French Canadian, but I’m including them with the French dances.
Les Salut is another dance commonly taught to children.