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What are the Most Famous Dances in France?

What are the Most Famous Dances in France?

France has a very rich and varied dance tradition and almost every region of France has its own distinct forms of music and dances.

French are by nature very fond of music and dance, and are credited to invent several of world-famous dances. France is known to invent Ballet dances way back in 1581. The French king Louis XIV passion for dances led to the establishment of the Académie Royale de Danse, which contributed significantly to development of new dance style and technique in the late 17th and early 18th century Europe. Ballroom and square dances also grew in popularity in France during this period. France has a very rich and varied dance tradition and almost every region of France has its own distinct forms of music and dances. Traditional folk dances and music are well preserved in several relatively isolated regions in the south France.

most famous dances in france

most famous dances in france

If you’ve some basic knowledge of French art and music, you must be familiar with some of the basic dance forms, such as Waltz, Polka, Mazurka, Marche, Scottish, Rondeau and the Bourree. Carols and Baroque dances are other popular traditional dances in France.Carols are simple chain dances in which a linked line of dancers moved forwards, walking, running or skipping to their own singing. Other popular traditional dance types in France include Canarie, Forlane, Gavotte, Gigue, Menuet and Sarabande.

List of the famous dances in france

Bourrée Dance

The bourrée, one of the most popular folk dances of France, comes in many regional varieties. Characteristically, it is done with quick, skipping steps, typically to music played in 2/4 or 6/8 time. Dancers will sometimes even wear wooden clogs to emphasize the rapid movements of their feet through sound. The bourrée is a line dance, with a line of men facing and dancing with a line of women. Some of the greatest composers have written stylized bourrées, including Bach and Handel.

Polynesian Dance

French Polynesia is a group of islands in the South Pacific including Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora. The population of the entire region is about 300,000 people and among them are very talented, young polynesian dancers. French is the main language spoken on these islands, but English is widely known since their main industry is tourism, so when you visit Tahiti and the other islands, you will be able to communicate with many of the locals even if you don’t speak French (but it is always good to learn more than one language!).

Social dance

Other dance styles, such as the Italian and Spanish dances of the period are much less well studied than either English country dance or the French style. The general picture seems to be that during most of the 17th century, a style of late Renaissance dance was widespread, but as time progressed, French ballroom dances such as the minuet were widely adopted at fashionable courts. Beyond this, the evolution and cross-fertilisation of dance styles is an area of ongoing research.

polynesian dance

polynesian dance

Oriental Dance

The recent development of Oriental dance in France is not a passing trend. We are witnessing the birth of French oriental dance as a popular movement. It is one of the effects of the cultural evolution of French society under the influence of oriental culture.Unfortunately, statistics about the development of Oriental dance do not exist, because there is not yet a federation or trade association which would bring dancers and teachers together. Moreover, Oriental dance is one of the rare activities that is not supervised by the French State, omnipresent everywhere else. However, we can recognize select facts which show a recent growth and a spectacular future craze for Oriental dance.Oriental dance courses grow in numbers and teachers see more students flocking to them each year. There are also more Oriental dancers who offer their services in restaurants and parties. Today, an oriental restaurant would not take the liberty of not offering a dance show to its customers.

Mazurka Dance

The mazurka is a seductive dance for couples popular throughout Europe, but the French have put their own stamp on it. It is typically done in 3/3 time to the rhythm of the three-syllable word “mazurka,” with an accent on the second beat. A French mazurka starts with the man taking three steps, starting with his left foot, and the woman mirroring him with her right. They then make a quarter turn to the leader’s left and take three steps on their opposite feet from the first time. (The man starts with his right, the woman with her left.). Finally, they complete the turn they started on the second step. The Polish composer Chopin, who settled in France, wrote many mazurkas for solo piano.

Basse Dance

The French basse danse comes in two catagories: regular and irregular. The difference is that a regular basse dance contains 80 bars in its main part. In every four bars, or one quaternion, dancers perform either a double step, two single steps, a step called a reprise, or a branle, a kind of chain dance in which dancers join together and move side to side, either in a circle on in a serpentine pattern. Irregular basse dances deviate from this structure.

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