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Dance to Live French Music
March 3 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm$12
Gary and Jena will call the dances, so no experience is necessary! We will “dance through France” with music and dances, in couple dances, mixers, and line dances. We will take you to Alsace, Brittany, Gascony, Provence, and the Massif Central in a period where the mazurka, scottish, bourree, and rondeau ruled. We will end our tour with a delightful Parisian waltz.
Gary Breitbard and Jena Rauti have been teaching traditional French country dance music for two decades at Bay Area schools, Lark in the Morning Camp and the SF Free Folk Festival. They studied dance at Grand Bal de l’Europe, Festival de Luthiers at San Chartiers and other dance workshops in France.
Fête Musette members are Sarah Kirton and Lee Anne Welch (fiddle), Peter Tommerup (hammered and mountain dulcimer), Karl Franzen (guitar, button accordion, and recorder), Bill O’Haren (percussion), Gary Breitbard (hurdy-gurdy [vielle à roue] & accordion), and Jena Rauti (accordion).
Help make it a party by bringing light snacks and non-alcoholic beverages to share. The band also truly appreciates tips.
Sample of a fun French Country dance led by Gary and Jena with live music.