All about the Bransle dance style
A Bransle (pronounced Brawl in English and also spelled brangle, brawl, brawle, brall(e), braul(e), brantle, or brainle.) is a renaissance dance style from the 16th-century.The word is derived from the French verb branler (to shake). Bransles are the simplest of the known renaissance dances, and usually the first to be taught.
The only detailed sources for the dance steps to the French branles are Orchesography (1589) by Thoinot Arbeau and a few late examples in Beauchamp-Feuillet notation (invented in 1691). Before 1500 the word is encountered, but only as the name of one of the steps of the basse danse. Arbeau strongly implies that the bransle was a dance mainly performed by commoners.
Bransles that St. Vitus dances
We perform and teach many bransles, because they are fun and jaunty, and easy to do.
- Official Bransle
- Montards Bransle
- Maltese Bransle
- Horses Bransle
- Canterbury Bransle
- Scots Bransle
Here’s a video of us teaching the Official Bransle at the Great Plains Renaissance Festival.
- Heartz, Daniel (2001). “Branle [brande, brawl, brall, brangill]”. The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, second edition, 29 volumes, edited by Stanley Sadie and John Tyrrell, 4:242–45. London: Macmillan Publishers. ISBN 978-1-56159-239-5.
- Wikipedia contributors, “Branle” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2014-08-7.