On Bouge

is a French (European) folk dance club. Think of it like a friendly ceilidh with a French twist.

Beginners and visitors are always very welcome. We’ll show you the easy steps so you can join in right away. No partner necessary, but better to bring them than leave them at home :-) You can also come just to listen to the great live music.

We dance several types of dances from different regions of France:

  • The Bourrée comes from central France and is danced facing a partner in lines or set formations. There are specific styles of bourrée from Berry, Bourbonnais, Nivernais, Morvan, Auvergne, Correze and Gascony, with one or two local styles of bourrée elsewhere.
  • The Schottische, Mazurka, Polka and Valse are popular couple dances danced all over France.
  • Breton dances such as Gavotte des Montagnes, An Dro, Hanter Dro, Dans Plinn and  Suite de Loudéac are danced in long snaking lines which intermingle and diverge.
  • Gascon dances such as rondeaux and congos. And, from a little way north of Gascony, the Ronde de Quercy.
  • Dances from Béarn and Pays Basque (in the Pyrenées Atlantique) such as the sauts, e.g. Sept sauts, La Craba, Dus. Danced singly in a circle,with springy steps, but still very much a communal dance.

Musicians – develop your repertoire and technique for dance-related music in an informal setting: contact chris@gigcb.com for more info.


We meet monthly usually on the 2nd Friday of each month (not July or August), but sometimes it is the 3rd Friday (often to snap up guest musicians who are in town or close by). So PLEASE join the email list so we can keep you up to date.

Dancing starts at 7:30pm.There is no bar so please BYO booze.


  • Friday 13th January – The Hurdy Gurdy Brothers: Sam Palmer (ex-Blowzabella) and Ray Attfield (ex-St George’s Canzona and Noise of Minstrels); and other On Bouge regular musicians Chris & Caroline Shaw and Whispering John Offord.
  • Friday 10th February – GIG CB! Bal Folk
  • Friday 10th March (moved back a week so we could book Dani!)
  • Friday 17th March – Dani Detammaecker (aka Dani PadPé)
  • Friday 14th April – Good Friday: No club night (but watch this space!).
  • Friday 12th May – The On Bouge Band and the Trio Violons Champevaux (aka Caroline and Chris, plus Graham on our lovely new Jean-Pierre Champeval violins :-) :-) :-) )
  • Friday 9th June -(moved back a week)
  • Friday 16th June – Deux Sans Frontières, a welcome return for Mike and Mark’s lovely dance music on fiddle and mandola, and indeed Mike’s lovely singing.
  • July/August: CLOSED. We’re off to French festivals, such as Gennetines, the 24/7 dancing fortnight, Chateau d’Ars, Violons Au Pied de la Monediere (Correze), Nuits Basaltique (Le Puy).
  • See you in September :-)
  • Friday 8th September: Reopening with the cracking duo of Richard Jones and Chris Walshaw, accordion, pipes, whistles, sax.
  • Friday 13th October: The On Bouge Band massed hurdy gurdies plus melodeon and fiddles, a great sound to dance to
  • Friday 10th November: Trio ZinZon, accordions, fiddles, cabrette, Bourbonnais pipes, boha (Gascon pipes) … dances from Gasconha, Béarn, Auvergne, Bretagne, as well as the full Bal Folk repertoire. Venez nombreux.
  • Friday 8th December: The On Bouge Christmas Party: Bring food and drink to share. No doubt Mr Shaw will bake a Christmas Cake :-)

Primrose Hill Community Centre
29 Hopkinson’s Place (off Fitzroy Rd)
London NW1 8TN

Nearest tube Chalk Farm or Camden Town
Map: http://g.co/maps/ta6nf

Entry: £9 (£7 concs)

Please BYO booze

For more information, and to join the email list, please email us on info@onbouge.org and visit us at www.facebook.com/onbougelondon

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