Kost ar c'hoad

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Formation Circle. Fortress hold.
Dance Structure Short sequence repeated throughout the music.
Music Structure 8 counts/bar, 4 bar phrases.
Music Speed About 160 counts/min.
Source Yves Leblanc at the 2004 Eastbourne International Folk Festival.

Disclaimer: Mistakes are quite likely in the notes and no guarantees are made as to accuracy. There may be other versions of the same dance or other dances with the same name. Music may differ, particularly in speed, introduction and duration, between performers. The division into parts, bars & counts might not be standard. These notes of the dance are freely distributable (under GPL or CC-by-sa) in so much as the note's author's contribution but the choreography and/or collection were by other people and so their copyright might apply to the dance itself. Better than using notes, go to a dance class where it is taught by a teacher such as Yves Leblanc.

Although considered one of more complex traditional Breton dances Brittany, it is still quite simple by UK International Folk Dance standards. It is somewhat unusual & amusing because of the tight knee-crossing style.

It is of the 'Gavotte' family of dances.

Unfortunately it can be changed to both bland style (by using comfortably larger steps in the Grapevine & using lifts instead of tight hooks) and bland timing (by taking either a whole count for each of the rock steps instead of half counts and only doing a single L hook/lift or by missing out the rock completely and double (or slow) hooking/lifting both R as well as L). Both were done naturally by many dancers when I tried leading this dance without teaching. The style & timing therefore need to be emphasised in a bit of teaching beforehand.

(The timing here is how I remembered it not how I wrote it down at the course. I wrote it as 1-2-3-4&5-6-7-8 (rather than 1-2-3&4-5-6-7-8) but that was much more awkward to do, looked ungainly and did not fit the music.)

I've also come across it (from less authoritative source) done running with big steps running about the room which is simple lively fun but I prefer the very small steps as it makes it more different from other dances.

Style: Very small steps as close to the other foot as possible. Flat footed. Bent knees (it has to be do the close crossing). Light little steps.


None. Dancers traditionally join in & leave when they feel like it.

Whole Sequence

Summary: Tight L side, R across infront, L side, quick R across behind, quick L in place. R in place, (leap onto L hooking R across infront, mirror), hook L again.

Start Facing the centre of the circle. Weight on R foot. Fortress hold (R hand over).
1 L to the side (almost in place).
2 R across infront to L of L foot (so that R side of R foot is touching L side of L foot).
3 L to the side (actually a L close as the step is so tight that the R side of L foot is touching L side of R foot).
& R across behind to L of L foot (so that R side of R foot is touching L side of L foot).
4 L in place.
5 R in place.
6 Leap in place onto L foot ending with R foot lifted with R heel hooked infront across L foot.
7 Leap onto the R foot with L foot hooked over it (i.e. leap into the mirror image position).
8 Hook the L foot over the R foot again (i.e. pause and shake the raised foot slightly & tautly out & back).