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Formation Circle. Little fingers fortress hold.
Dance Structure (A x 6 + B x 4) repeated throughout the music.
Music Structure Part A 6 counts/bar, 3 bar phrases, Part B 4 counts/bar, 4 bar phrases.
Music Speed 180 counts/min.
Source Yves Leblanc at the 2004 Eastbourne International Folk Festival.

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A Breton dance that makes the archetypical basic Hanter Dro & An Dro dances a bit less monotonous by alternating them. When to change is obvious from the music because the rhythms & time signatures of their tunes are different.

Although I've written the An Dro as 4 counts per bar & it is 4 beats per bar in conventional Western music notation, it is normally counted as 3 counts, the 3rd one being twice the length of the first 2, because that is how the feet go & the music matches. Similarly I've written the Hanter Dro as 6 counts per bar & it is 6 beats bar (or maybe it is treated as 2 bars of 3 beats each) in conventional Western music notation, it is normally counted as 4 counts, the 3rd & 4th ones being twice the length of the first 2.

The constant stepping to the sides with changing direction can cause fatigue in the legs from the strain of coming to a halt sideways, which not a common motion for a human to repeat so much. Depending on where in ones legs one takes that strain, it can lead to discomfort in a knee or hip. A solution is to maintain a small side to side motion with the hips moving like rocking. This is a very small motion like the down-up motion that most people naturally do when walking forwards. Think of the sideways motion like smooth brisk walk, not a heavy plod. In more detail: when stepping to the side don't change the bend of the knees or hips much but allow the momentum of the body to rock oneself slightly more to that side & slightly up; gravity will naturally aid coming to a halt and then rock you back to the other side naturally starting the step the other other way without needing muscle & tendon stress. More like a Circle Dance sway than a footballer forced direction change.

Style: Casual & rather clumpy. Flat footed small low steps. Rock onto supporting leg during the slow steps.


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

Part A

Summary: Hanter Dro (Triple Step to the side L, rock R without arm motions).

Start Facing the centre of the circle. Weight on R foot.
1 L to the side.
2 R close.
3 L to the side.
4 Pause. (This and the previous count together are normally counted as simply a slow step but in style it is more like step followed by a pause as the weight support rocks onto the L foot, teeters, and falls to the R naturally into the first step of bar 2 with a suspended feeling inbetween.)
5-6 Repeat counts 3-4 in mirror image on the opposite feet (step R to the side and pause rocked onto it) but with the R foot slightly behind.

Part B

Summary: An Dro (Triple Step to the side L, ditto R with arm motions).

Start Facing the centre of the circle. Weight on R foot.
Feet As Part A bar 1 (L to the side, R close, L to the side, pause).
1 Swing arms up infront starting to bend elbows.
2 Continue swinging arms up & bending elbows to reach the top of the swing with hands at about shoulder height and a forearm's distance infront of the shoulders.
3 Continue the swing & bend bringing the hands into close to the chest at mid-chest level.
4 Briskly push hands forwards horizontally about 20 cm and firmly stop them there.
Feet Repeat bar in mirror image (R to the side, L close, R to the side, pause).
Arms Reverse the path they went on in bar 1.

I find the easiest way to imagine the arm motion is like latching in a '⅁' (upside down 'G') shape path.