The farandole is an open-chain community dance popular in the County of Nice, France. The farandole bears similarities to the gavotte, jig, and tarantella. The carmagnole of the French Revolution is a derivative.

Traditionally led by the "abbat-mage" holding a beribboned halberd, the dancers hold hands and skip at every beat; strong beats on one foot, alternating left and right, with the other foot in the air, and weak beats with both feet together. In the village of Belvédère, on the occasion of the festival honoring patron Saint Blaise, the most recently-married couple leads the dance.

Musically, the dance is in 6/8 time, with a moderate to fast tempo, and played by a flute and drum. Georges Bizet included a farandole in his "L'Arlésienne" suite.

During his time in the 80's metal band "Talas", Billy Sheehan wrote a solo song called "The Farandole". It includes an electric and bass guitar soloing together with drums keeping up the rhythm.

In Tchaikovsky Sleeping Beauty's ballet there a farandole in the Second Act in the Fourth Scène, where the dames propose a farandole.

Many people use a variety of questionable evidence to argue that the farandole has a history going back to the Middle Ages. While there are descriptions of line and circle dances, and iconography showing people dancing in lines and circles [http://homepages.tesco.net/~rostibolli/conf2003.html] , there is no reason to assume that medieval dance was done like the modern folk farandole. Arbeau, the most well-known source for renaissance line and circle dances such as the branle, does not contain any dance with these specific steps and figures.

The Majesty Demos, the first recording by the band Dream Theater, contains a song called "The Farandole".

External links

* [http://mtcn.free.fr Dances and traditional musics used in the county of Nice (France)]
* [http://www.dance.demon.co.uk/AGC/Articles/Farandole.html A more extensive description of steps]

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  • Farandole —   [französisch], provenzalisch Farandoulo [ duːlo], ein schon im 14. Jahrhundert genannter und noch heute getanzter provenzalischer Kettenreigen in schnellem 6/8 Takt. Die Paare bewegen sich hinter einem Spieler mit Einhandflöte und Tamburin in… …   Universal-Lexikon

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  • farandole — [far′ən dōl΄] n. [Fr < Prov farandoulo] 1. a lively dance of S France, in 6/8 time, by a winding chain of dancers 2. the music for this dance …   English World dictionary

  • farandole — /far euhn dohl /; Fr. /fann rddahonn dawl /, n., pl. farandoles / dohlz /; Fr. / dawl /. 1. a lively dance, of Provençal origin, in which all the dancers join hands and execute various figures. 2. the music for this dance. [1860 65; < F < Pr… …   Universalium

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  • FARANDOLE — s. f. Sorte de danse provençale, de course cadencée, que plusieurs personnes exécutent en se tenant par la main. Danser une farandole. Dansons la farandole …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

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