Suite Gavotte

Parts 1 and 3

Line or circle, your right arm over the next's left holding the hand to your chest. The steps are: L R LRL, R L R hopR. Dance moves left swaying out on the first bar and in on the second.

Part 2

Link little fingers and walk slowly round to the left. The faster music signals the dancers to stop, face in and tap the right foot forward and next to the left for a few bars. The hands go in and out too. Finish with stampR.

An Dro

Line or circle linking little fingers. Step is L R L hopL, R L R hopR. The emphasis is on moving left, the hops very small. The hands swing forward and make a small circle to hands-up on the first bar. The hands swing back down in the same fashion on the second. The hand circle is vertical and at right-angles to the line of dancers.

Hanter Dro

Formation as gavotte but 6 beat music. Step is L R L pause R. The line always moves left. Sometimes danced with the An Dro.

Suite Plinn

Parts 1 and 3

Line or circle with partner (for part 2). Hands like gavotte. Steps are jump left, jump right (slightly if not on the spot) RLR. The dance moves to the left with the emphasis on the first jump.

Part 2

Couples promenade anti-clockwise. Faster music indicates repeat of the first steps but next to partner. Couples may turn during the second half of this faster music.

Laride (8 count)

Line or circle linking little fingers. Step is L R L togetherR, up down R hopR. The up and down are raises on to the toes and lowering. The hop is very small. Hands go forward back forward and up to the chest, away chest away swing down.

Laride (6 count)

Formation as Laride (8 count). Step is L R L hopL hopR. The hands swing forward back forward and up to the chest, then down.

Ronde de Loudeac

Parts 1 and 3

Link little fingers in circle. Step is LRL R hopR. Hands forward and back at waist level. Second forward/back is stronger.

Part 2

Form into couples and promenade anti-clockwise. Step is simply L R but the right foot is brought up to the left and weight transferred (like limping). This alternates with gentle repeats of the steps in part 1 on the spot.

Kost Ar C'Hoat

Formation as gavotte. Lively step is L R L R (shoot left foot forward), pause L (shoot right) R (shoot left) hopR.

(See John Bromka's more detailed notes)

General notes

Notation

Capital letters are usually steps on the beat, small capitals are steps off the beat. Commas separate bars of the music. hopR means `hop off the right back on to the right'.

Style

As with most French dances these should be understated. Hops are usually little more than a gentle bob on one foot. Danced mostly with flat feet but not too heavily. The line formations normally wind around themselves. Liveliest dance here is the Kost Ar C'Hoat. The multi-part dances are usually very lively during the last part.

Apologies

The names are almost certainly spelt incorrectly and the dances like the language vary from region to region. This is not a definitive guide but an aid to memory - it assumes that you've learnt the dance at some point. Read Breton Dance and Tune Book by Dave Shepherd (ISBN 1 872277 13 6, Dragon Fly Music) - this has much longer descriptions, more dances and music. Ask at On Bouge!, a few people have a copy of this. (C) 1995 Peter Harvey, On Bouge!