Pont d’Avignon (reference Wikipedia)

Pont d’Avignon

“Sur le Pont d’Avignon” is a French song about the Pont d’Avignon that dates back to the 15th century. The bridge is officially Pont St. Bénézet but it is better known as the Pont d’Avignon on which one dances, as the song says. The dance actually took place under the bridge and not over the bridge (“Sous le Pont d’Avignon”, not “Sur”).[1][2][3]

It starts out with everyone in pairs and they dance around each other.

When the chorus is done stop in front of your partner and traditionally the male will bow on the first part then tip their hat on the second.

When the chorus begins again repeat step one.

When this stops so does the dance and then the girl curtsies to one side then the other.

For the first part, repeat step one and then if you have an audience turn on your heel and bow to them.

Sur le Pont d’Avignon

L’on y danse, l’on y danse

Sur le Pont d’Avignon

L’on y danse tous en rond
On the bridge of Avignon

We all dance there, we all dance there

On the bridge of Avignon

We all dance there in a ring
Les beaux messieurs font comme ça

Et puis encore comme ça.
Gentlemen go like this (bow)

And then again like this
Les belles dames font comme ça

Et puis encore comme ça.
The beautiful young ladies go like this (curtsy)

And then like that
Les filles font comme ça

Et puis encore comme ça
The young girls go like this (salute)

And then like that
Les musiciens font comme ça

Et puis encore comme ça.
The musicians go like this (they all bow to women)

And then like that

   
 

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