On Bouge

is a French folk dance club, always featuring Live Music. Many of the dances are danced all across Europe. Fest Noz, Balfolk, Bal Trad, Bal Occitan are titles used to describe what we do. The accent is on dancing with fun, but we always try and tell you about the context of the dances, fitting them into the cultural traditions of the various regions.

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 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.

Doors open 7.15pm, dancing starts at 7:30pm.There is no bar so please BYO booze.


It’s the last gig of 2017. Make it a good one so we can go through happily into 2018 :-)

  • Friday 8th December: The On Bouge Christmas Fest Noz and Balfolk, with Duo Mistral: Bring food and drink to share. No doubt Mr Shaw will bake a Christmas Cake :-)


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.


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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