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ANTILLES : List of dances

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ANTILLES How to dance Biguine From the english word begin because this dance is the one opening the bal. Part of Patrimony of the Antilles, it's a festive couple dance derived from european Polka, with alterned feet like walk.
French Antilles people are very attached to this heritage. Biguine spectacles are often given during cultural manifestations organized by town halls, schools, or associations. Malavoi music band gave it to the last style with adds of salsa, latin-jazz and cuban music.
Movie : Biguine 2004. video see www.youtube.com
Musics to dance Biguine : C'est bon pour le moral (Compagnie créole), Sé bigin an mwen (M.A.J), la Filo (Malavoi), Sér... Read next

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ANTILLES How to dance Gwo ka Gwo ka combines song, rhythms and dance. It's danced during popular gatherings like carnival, festivals and lewos – popular parties taking place on friday and saturday nights in Guadeloupe and Martinique.
Competitors and the crowd form a circle in which dancers and the solist enter in turn, facing the drums. Spectators slap hands and sing the solist's refrain.
There are seven rhythms of Gwoka, having each sub-variants. toumblak is a love and fertility dance with suggestive postures, graj dance of work that evokes cassava manufacturing, mendé a carnival dance, woulé sort of valse piquée, padjanbel work dance of slaves in planta... Read next
Mazurka

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POLAND FRANCE ANTILLES How to dance Mazurka Rhythmic couple dance coming from Poland. It's a 3 count dance that turns. As many ballroom dances, Mazurka had been retaken in folk dances, (dances from Brittany, the center of France and from the guyanese carnival).
Mazurka is also a component of traditional dances of Martinique. Since the basic step mazurka has evolved to figures and variants. The basic step is not difficult but experience shows that acquisition is not immediate. (wikipedia) video see www.youtube.com
musics to dance mazurka : mazouk pitché, mazouk ethnie, and also watch this prodigy! see www.youtube.com
Quadrille

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ANTILLES How to dance Quadrille Old dance imported from Europe, but is still danced in French Antilles (Guadeloupe and Martinique). The central character of Quadrille is named Commander.
His role is to give instructions for the steps to execute by all (Grande-terre). But there is also a without-comand Quadrille (Basse Terre). Quadrille has several figures having each a different rhythmic basis : Entrée, Valse, Pantalon, Été, Poule, Pastourelle, Biguine. video see www.youtube.com
Musics to dance quadrille :

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ANTILLES How to dance Zouk Launched on the 80's by Kassav group, Zouk mixts traditional antillese music with techno and disco. Zouk is danced tight with a partner on a 4/4 music. Steps are trampled on the spot with an african-type pronounced hip-swing. Zouk is rather close to Merengue but partners stay sticked together during the whole dance. There are various trends : Zouk love, Zouk R'n'B, Ragga-zouk, Lambada-zouk.

Zouk machine (Maldon), Frankie Vincent (Le tombeur), la Compagnie Créole, Les Déesses, Perle Lama etc. Video (song : Marvin, plus fort que tout) see www.youtube.com
Musics to dance zouk : Plus fort que tout (Marvin), Dis moi oui (Marvin), Pre... Read next
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