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Adapted Dance: Branle des Lavandieres

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Adapted Dance: Branle des LavandieresAdapted Dances | ON | 2018

"Move N' Mingle is an adapted dance program, for people with intellectual disabilities that operates at the Prosserman Jewish Community Centre in Toronto Canada. We serve a diverse group of individuals and have been dancing together for over 10 years, with the help of some very dedicated volunteers. Our dance repertoire consists of modified folk dances as well as dances that have been specifically choreographed for our group, according to the musical preferences of the participants. We thank a generous donor for sponsoring this video series.

Branle des Lavandieres, is an adapted renaissance dance from France depicting washerwomen, who did laundry on the riverbanks hundreds of years ago. The pantomime part of the dance is particularly enjoyed by everyone. The clapping section of the dance, is meant to represent the use of laundry bats/paddles that were used to hit the clothes in order to clean them. Curious? Visit to learn more.

Dance Sequence:
Sideward Steps to the Left x4
Pantomime gestures of arguing for 4 measures
4 claps followed by 2 sideward steps to left X4 (note a 4 step turn in place CCW can be done instead of the last 2 sideward steps).

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