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Weddings, parties and, of course, night markets, all bring with them the dance “a la mode Francaise” It’s fun, exhilarating and a great way to make new friends.

Most town and village websites provide details of local dance classes and we encourage you to give them a try. In the meantime, we thought we would have some fun and find websites where you can see the dances in action and maybe practice the Maddison, French Jive, French Waltz and everyone’s favourite, the Salsa!

Of course, there is nothing to stop you from being inventive and more creative when you take to the dance floor, just keep the basic steps in mind.

By the way, we have recreated the long url via Bitly to help with “the steps”. On y va!

If you have ever wanted to join in with the Maddison but your feet go their own way, this video combines numbers, direction and dance instruction for an all-round French Madison masterclass. https://binged.it/2zdadl2. Once you have cracked it, try with music at https://binged.it/2PrvQZ8.

The French “jive” is nowhere near a lindy hop or traditional rock n roll. It seems to be almost staccato, shorter in step without flicks and kicks, and no bobbing or jumping up and down.   This fabulous pair in a bar sum it up and are easy to follow. https://binged.it/2Q1hDS5

The French waltz is a natural with any accordion music. This chap and his partner go into great detail about how it differs to a formal, classic waltz. Check out the hold, the feet and the turns. Wonderful, or should we say merveilleux! https://binged.it/2DCM0bX,

Master some sultry steps in the Salsa and you will be well on your way to looking like a professional. These guys show how to do it with a few repetitive movements. Practice makes perfect – un, deux, trois, cinq, six, sept! https://binged.it/2OL0DL9 and http://bit.ly/2zddrFa for a dazzling double turn.

If you hold dance classes please add them to our free website listings under Education and Training: Music Art Photography and Dance Classes at www.thelocalbuzzmag.com.

 First published in the January/February 2019 issue of The Local Buzz

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