The dancing bear – Volume 1

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27 folk dances to join in (book & 2 CDs) by Gert Dannemann & Elke Rogge


The first volume of this series contains 27 popular group and couple dances from Central and Western Europe, which have been part of the indispensable standard repertoire of the dance scene for many years.

The renouncement to show regional differences of the dance forms and dance steps makes it easy even for the untrained to learn the dances presented here after a short time and to dance along. Therefore, mainly those dances have been selected that do not require very long explanations.

In addition, a classification of the dances into difficulty levels facilitates the selection, which simplifies the use of the book in schools, youth and senior groups.

The book is divided into group dances (circle, lane and row dances) and couple dances. Each dance is introduced with a musical score example. All dances are summarized in the book’s sheet music appendix, some with additional melodies.

The dance instructions are written in simple and understandable language; drawings explain the text. A detailed dance key at the end of the book explains the settings, setups, step types and movements.

The accompanying CDs were recorded by the groups ‘Bordun’, ‘KAIKAI’ and ‘Spielleut’ in the best bal-folk style. All dances are recorded in length and speed to match the dance descriptions.

Dances described in Dance Bear 1:

Group dances:

  • Siebensprung

  • Circassian Circle

  • Galopede

  • Branle de Rats

  • La Cochinchine

  • Nonesuch

  • Indian Queen

  • La Fille de la Meunière

  • Maître de la Maison

  • Rondeau

  • Branle des Chevaux

  • Star polka

  • Woaf

  • Seven-step

  • Jig

  • Bourrée

Couple dances:

  • Scottish
  • Hackschottisch
  • Waltz
  • Scottish waltz
  • Polka
  • Four-step
  • Cross polka
  • Stop gallop
  • Mazurka
  • Twofold


Dance tutor with 27 European Folk dances (2 CDs included)

The first volume of this series contains 27 popular group and partnered dances from central and western Europe, which have long been staples of the dancing scene’s standard repertoire.

As regional variations of dance forms and steps are left aside, it is easy for novices to learn the dances presented here quickly and to dance along with a minimum of practice. The dances have been chosen such that they don’t need lengthy explanations. They are graded by difficulty, which makes it easier to choose, and the book can be used in schools, youth or pensioners’ groups with success.

The book is divided into the sections group dances (circles, longways, and chains) and partnered dances. Each dance is presented along with a sample of the music. All dances are repeated in the music annex, some with additional tunes.

The language of the dance descriptions is easy and comprehensible; drawings illustrate the text. A detailed key to the drawings explains positions, sets, steps and movements.

The CDs included with the book were recorded by the bands ‘Bordun’, ‘KAIKAI’ and ‘Spielleut’ in the best bal folk style. All dances are recorded in suitable lengths and tempos to go with the dance descriptions.

The book is written in German language.

Included dances:

  • Group Dances: Seven Jump, Circassian Circle, Galopede, Branle de Rats, La Cochinchine, Nonesuch, Indian Queen, La Fille de la Meunière, Maître de la Maison, Rondeau, Branle des Chevaux, Star Polka, Woaf, Seven Step, Jig, Bourrée

    Couple Dances: Schottisch, Hackschottisch, Walzer, Schottisch-Walzer, Polka, Viererschritt, Kreuzpolka, Stoppgalopp, Mazurka, Zwiefacher

Order no.: 23-0
ISBN: 978-3-927240-23-0
Format: 21 x 28 cm
Number of pages:  68 pages with 2 CDs
Cover: Wire-O spiral binding

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Weight 0,44 kg


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