Thursday, April 16, 2009


From Hilary: This is some info I extracted from the net about Branles or Bransles. It was a medieval and renaissance dance form derived from words meaning "To brandish" and "to shake". It was danced by couples either in a line or a circle and there are four known forms of the dance. It was mainly found in France but also appears in Italy and Scotland where it was known as a brail. It wasn't danced much in England but there are a few tunes from the period designated as Bransles. It was mainly danced by peasants and pronounced believe it or not as "BRAWL".

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