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Joie De Rire

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Joie De Rire (J8x40) 3C (4C set), Méaudre Reel 2021
Devised by Manon Algoud, Romane Baron, Faustine Depay and Aurore Duchene.

1-8 1s dance cast to 3rd place and set while 2s+3s step up and set (4bars)
1s dance up and set while 2s+3s step down and set
9-16 1s+2s dance poussette: normal poussette for 6 bars + half turn RH, finishing (2)(1)3
17-24 1s+3s dance R&L
25-32 2s+1s+3s turn partner 2H (4PdB)
2s+1s dance ½ RH across
33-40 1s+2s dance Allemande

(Dance crib compiled by the devisers, Manon Algoud, Romane Baron, Faustine Depay and Aurore Duchene)


Here is the original crib for Joie De Rire, published in Méaudre Reel 2021, also available as a .pdf Joie De Rire (Portable Document Format).

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams


Dance Instruction Videos

Joie De Rire - Scottish Country Dancing Instruction Video

Dance Information

As no dancing was allowed in France because of the pandemic, the Méaudre Reel (France) decided to organise a weekly SCD creation workshop to keep its teenagers active. This workshop lasted for 3 months, from February to April 2021.

The teenagers were impressive with their creations, so eager to be dancing again. We thus decided to gather all the Méaudre Reel dances and have a book printed: Dancing in Vercors Book 1. Joie de Rire was created by one of the teenagers' teams during the weekly SCD creation workshop.

They loved the title Joie de Vivre and as it was great fun creating this new dance, they called it Joie de Rire. (Rire is French for "to laugh" - Joie de Rire "Laughing Joy")

The suggested tune for this dance, Joie De Rire, is The Bearded Stranger - 40 Bar Jig By Seonaid Lynn - Music Full Size

Joie De Rire
Joie De Rire - Laughing Joy


Dance information by Sophie Marchand.
Image copyright ETH-Bibliothek Zürich, Bildarchiv / Fotograf: Metzger, Jack / Com_L16-0706-0004-0003 / CC BY-SA 4.0, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons.

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