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2002 : the musette is dying slowly...

Note : we stress again that we are not talking about partner dancing in general.

There are approximately 300 (let's be optimistic) Parisian dancers who can still dance the Toupie, the Parisian Samba, the musette Tango or musette Bolero (based on chassÚ steps) - average age : 60 !
And some people have informed us that the situation with the Marseille Racatti is the same.

These dances aren't recognised as being part of the "traditional" dances simply because they are danced to music currently played in any dance establishment or "retro" dance-hall (i.e. hosting tea dances).
But this doesn't stop the remaining dancers from disappearing little by little...

If we aren't interested in them now, what will be left in 10 years' time of these dances which draw their origins from the 1900's ?
Documentation on this subject is sparse and there is a lack of available information.
These dances are normally learnt on the spot at the dance itself.
Who will ensure that they are passed on to younger dancers when the link has been broken ?

And yet, certain other dances which also date from the beginning of the 20th century have been "reborn from their own ashes" :

The Argentine Tango wasn't born yesterday.

The name "Lindy Hop" was created when Lindberg crossed the Atlantic.

Cuban rhythms are not new.

That's fine, because dancing these three dances brings a lot of pleasure. 

Argentine tango :
Te quiero...

At the moment, the Argentine Tango is in the best of health.
Everybody is interested in it...even the "Dance Sport" faction !!!
And again, that's great : we love the Argentine Tango.

The impassioned always want to know more :

Some are interested in the style known as "milonguero", a way of dancing where the couple dance very close to each other, or in other styles which are even older, even more typical...

Others discover the "folklore" surrounding the Tango with wonder : the world of prostitutes and their pimps, the atmosphere of the dance establishments, the way of inviting the ladies to dance from the other side of the room, etc...

And then there are yet others who are extremely keen on the translations of the lyrics of the Argentine Tangos, which they find in certain good specialist magazines.

Do these people know that during the same era, the world of the Musette was similar in all aspects :

inviting the girls to dance by whistling from the other side of the room.

the atmosphere of the dance establishment was the same.

dancers grasped each other in the same way.

the same type of lyrics in the songs, very realistic, because the misery of ordinary people was identical.

Is the era of the Parisian "Apaches" and the years which followed totally forgotten ?

"Yes, but the Argentine Tango is "richer" and offers more possibilities"...

The Argentine Tango is richer now.
It has evolved thanks to the interest of young dancers and young musicians coming from different backgrounds.
But in the beginning it was a much simpler dance, rich in feelings but without too many figures : due to the crowded dance floor !!!

The Musette too, only asks to be enriched in the same way.
It is waiting for its young dancers and young musicians.
Now it's your turn !

Swing :
Ba bop de bop da...

The dances known as "Swing" have made a dazzling recovery.
That's fine, that's good, that's great : we all like the style, the interpretation of the music and the different Swing dances (lindy, boogie, shag, balboa, shim-sham, etc).

To the "Swing" crowd, we say just one thing : if you would like to dance other dances but you feel that traditional ballroom dances are too rigid, you'll discover that the Musette dances are dynamic and light and that they'll allow your dancing to evolve in a different direction.

They date from the same period as the swing...  

Salsa :
Demonic salsa...

Those bitten by hot and sunny rhythms (and that includes us), should know that dances typical of the salsa invaded the musette dance-halls from the beginning of the last century, bringing their new elements with them.
The Parisian Samba, also called "Little steps", undoubtedly started up during this epoch.

In any case, it's clear that it is well suited to the Merengue and brings to its rhythms a marked and different choreographic richness...

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