Poitou Branle

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The branle Poitou (or Branle de Poitou) is found in Orchesography by Thoinot Arbeau. It is reputed to have been danced by the Poitevans. The music is in has a time signature of 9/4. There are many instrumental pieces from 16th century France called Branle de Poitou with either 9/4 or 6/4 timing, or else an alternation between the two.

Some musical examples of the Branle double de Poitou also exist.

Steps Used


As with all branles, this dance is performed in a line of people holding hands or, if enough people are present, a circle. It is not necessary for the dancers to be paired into couples.


KR KL KR KL (slowly, taking three beats for each kick)
KR KL KR KL (quickly, taking one beat for each kick)
Pause for two beats


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