June 21st is the date for la Fête de la Musique when every town in France resonates to the sound of bands, choirs and dancing. Our line dance club, Country Dreams, plays a part in the events staged in Cluny each year.
It felt like we had been practising for weeks so all went well except for the odd times the concentration slipped, or the feet didn’t slip, that is when they were caught by rough concrete of the Narthex. Here’s a few photos of a super evening -
We danced in the Narthex, the old foundations of the abbey
Cours 3 & 4 (photos Chris)
Christiane and Beatrice smile with relief when it’s all over!
Chris was busy with his camera when we weren’t dancing and took a couple of videos too.
If anybody near Cluny reads this please come and join us. We especially need some more men. There are lots of social occasions besides the dancing and if we can do it anybody can!
The hottest day last week was probably Wednesday, on the evening we took part in the line dancing demo for the Fête de la Musique in Cluny. We were down in the Narthex, the ruins of the Abbey between the Hotel de Bourgogne and the marketplace. Despite the heat and the uneven ground we managed to put on a good show, thanks to Christiane’s training and the enthusiastic encouragement of the spectators.
In the wonderful setting of the Abbey ruins
Classes 2, 3 and 4 of Country Dreams Cluny
Yours truly feeling rather hot
Being in the beginners’ class we didn’t take part in the more advanced dances in the middle so Chris had plenty of time to take some photos. And here’s a couple of videos, the first three dances on https://youtu.be/tHvZQdrxveM and ’Gypsy Queen’ on https://youtu.be/lvly7p3pNXY Next year we hope to join Class 2. Yee-haw!
There’s lots going on in June with shared meals to finish off the year’s courses and next week’s midsummer celebrations. We finish our first year of line dancing with a performance during Wednesday evening’s Fête de la Musique in Cluny. Hopefully with all the rehearsing we are doing nobody will put a foot wrong.
Christiane, left, putting us through our paces for the Fête de la Musique
Before that comes another midsummer event, the Feux de la St Jean. The men were out yesterday building the bonfire. On Friday morning they will be building the stage for the band, and Saturday will involve putting up the barnum and catering.
Here are some photos Chris took yesterday -
A bit of mechanical help this year
This photo reminds us if “Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima”
With the cock perched on top the team is ready for their picnic lunch
There’s another big event the following weekend of 23rd, 24th & 25th June. The Cant’Azé choir present their end of year concert, “La Magie des Chansons”. It will be the last time to hear the choir under the direction of David Aubrec. It’s at Azé church and everyone is invited for aperos afterwards.
Hopefully the fine weather will continue for all the outdoor events and we don’t get too many thunderstorms. Perhaps we will be dancing in the rain!