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Québécois square - "La Passe des dames, la Passe des hommes"

This is part of an evening dance sponsored by Les Danseurs et Musiciens de l'Ile Jésus, the old name for Laval, across the river from Montréal. The group was founded in 1978 and holds regular programs of Danses traditionnelles québécoises. The full video shows a series of dances through the evening. This clip…

Danseurs de l’Ile Jésus - dip and dive

Performance by a group of dancers at an outdoor event organized by Phillippe Bruneau at the Musée canadien des civilisations (Gatineau) in 1989. The first half of the dance is built around a series of basket swings. Starting at 2:50, we move into a succession of dip and dive figures, with the lead couple dancing the figure with the two couples to…

Danse québécoise - Quadrille en 5 parties

This is an edited version of a dance created by choreographer Yvan Gagné, from Quebec City. You can see the original video, complete with his teaching the figures, at this site. In somewhat the same way as contra dance choreographers have created a wealth of new material, sometimes stretching the boundaries of that dance form, Gagné's…

Danse québécoise: Quadrille en 5 parties

Each figure begins with instruction, followed by a sequence of that figure being danced to music. This is one of more than 200 short videos uploaded by caller and choreographer Yvan Gagné. You can find the complete set here; scroll past the many videos illustrating step-dance figures to find the square dance videos.

Les Lanciers de Quebec - Quebec Lancers

This video illustrates the first two figures of a Quebecois version of the Lancers Quadrille, danced at the Ralph Page Dance Legacy Weekend in January, 2009. The tune and the name for the first figure is La Rencontre des Dames; the tune for the second figure is L’oiseau dans la cage. The music is played by Raz-de-Marée / Tidal Wave:…

Tout Le Monde en Place

After several pages to set the context, the author gives the calls in French and describes basic figures, including a lengthy description of the Quebecois swing. Hill is an orchestra leader who recorded, among other places, on Michael Herman's Folk Dancer label."The French Canadians are a square dancing people, born and bred to the music of the…

Set carré - Drummondville, Quebec

Dance filmed by Normand Legault, filmed in the early 1980s in Durham-Sud (South Durham), south of Drummondville.

Caller: Ernest Carson
Fiddle: Mario Landry
Mandolin: Dave Gallant
Piano: Paul Lemaire

Lac-Bouchette

Crooked tune alert! - careful listeners will note that the B part of this tune has seven bars instead of the usual eight!

This square dance was filmed for a Quebec, Canadian television series called Soirée Canadienne that aired between 1960 and 1983. The show was hosted by Louis Bilodeau.

Mont Joli 2

This square dance was filmed for a Quebec, Canadian television series called Soirée Canadienne that aired between 1960 and 1983. The show was hosted by Louis Bilodeau.

St. Adalbert 2

This square dance was filmed for a Quebec, Canadian television series called Soirée Canadienne that aired between 1960 and 1983. The show was hosted by Louis Bilodeau.

St. Hubert 1

This square dance was filmed for a Quebec, Canadian television series called Soirée Canadienne that aired between 1960 and 1983. The show was hosted by Louis Bilodeau.

Black Lake 1

This square dance was filmed for a Quebec, Canadian television series called Soirée Canadienne that aired between 1960 and 1983. The show was hosted by Louis Bilodeau.

St-Adalbert 1

This square dance was filmed for a Quebec, Canadian television series called Soirée Canadienne that aired between 1960 and 1983. The show was hosted by Louis Bilodeau.

Entrelacs

This square dance was filmed for a Quebec, Canadian television series called Soirée Canadienne that aired between 1960 and 1983. The show was hosted by Louis Bilodeau.

Mont Joli 3

This square dance was filmed for a Quebec, Canadian television series called Soirée Canadienne that aired between 1960 and 1983. The show was hosted by Louis Bilodeau.

Entrelacs 2

This square dance was filmed for a Quebec, Canadian television series called Soirée Canadienne that aired between 1960 and 1983. The show was hosted by Louis Bilodeau.

La-Bouchette

This square dance was filmed for a Quebec, Canadian television series called Soirée Canadienne that aired between 1960 and 1983. The show was hosted by Louis Bilodeau.

Mont Joli 1

This video is from Soirée Canadienne, a Canadian television series broadcast every Saturday evening from 1960 to 1983 , or 23 years on TV-7 (CHLT - Sherbrooke ) and network Télé-Métropole . The show was hosted by Louis Bilodeau (1924-2006).

In these three videos of Mont Joli dancing, the left-handed, red-headed fiddler is Yvon Mimeault.

Baie Saint-Paul, #2

Footage from Baie Saint-Paul, in the Charlevoix region of Quebec, taken at the "Centre hospitalier de Charlevoix" on January 5, 1974, by Guy Landry. Dance historian Pierre Chartrand describes this as «Quatre mains en croix».

The tune is Silver and Gold.

Ed Charette – French-Canadian Squares, #3
Chicopee, MA, mid-1950s

The tune is My Little Girl

Live recording made by Dudley Laufman, and released on cassette as "Traditional and Ethnic Square Dance Music of New England – 1955-1957."

Dudley Laufman writes: "French Canadians living in Chicopee, Mass., danced each week at the Union Canadian Hall. Ed Charrette was the prompter. The Golden Eagle Band had…