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Terry Foreman  •  Link

A varety of Bransle http://www.freewebs.com/festacort…

Official Bransle (Toss the Duchess) (Branle de l'Official)

Setting: A line or circle of couples.

A: 1- 8 Double left, double right, repeat.

B: 9-16 Eight singles left.

During 7th single, the woman steps in front of her partner.
During 8th single, the woman jumps, and the man moves her to the left; everyone gaining a new partner.

Arbeau says that this dance is to be danced with little springs with each step. He says nothing about switching partners.


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