Branle de la fosse aux loups (2*) – France

*2nd Generation dance. A dance that developed and was disseminated in a non-traditional way. 2G dances are specific – have a fixed format designed to correspond with the arrangement of a particular recording., whereas 1G dances are generic – have a shorter sequence that works with live music – where many different songs are played and arrangements vary according to the tastes of musicians and dancers. For more on the differences between 1st & 2nd G dances click here.

The Music

Tribal Jâze, Album: “Le Grand Saut” Sonf Branle de la fosse aux loups. (Composer: Boris Nortier).

A composition by Boris Nortier from the group Tribal Jâze.
Here’s Tribal jâze live.
Here’s a brief guide to pronunciation:

The Dance

These notes ©2017, Andrew Carnie. Originally taught in the US by Roberto Bagnoli. The notes from France seem to indicate that it was introduced there by Andrée Fischer. We learned the dance from Ann Kyle. The name translates as “Branle from the wolf pit”. Branles are circle dances from the Alsace region of Eastern France and the name refers to the side to side swaying motions typical of this style of dance.
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