History of the Bourrée

folklore auvergneHere is a dance with its roots in the West. you can find traces in ancient Greece, Bulgaria, Spain, and even according to some in Maghreb. The figures are widespread, but are found over billions of kilometres. In France, it was during the Renaissance that the bourrée, once threatened by excommunication, acquired its noble status. The Clermontais danced it in front of François the First. As for the sulphurous Margot, Queen of France and first wife of Henry IV, with unlimited sexual appetites, she never tired of it, it is said. The fashion didn’t weaken under Louis XIV when the dance was firmly taken hold.




bourree At the end of the 19th century, the bourrée accompanied the immigrants of Aubrac and Auvergne in the capital, especially in the cafés close to the Bastille. The Aveyron cabrettes competed with the Italian accordions, other immigrants. All that finished sometimes with the flash of a Laguiole knife for the beautiful eyes of a beauty from Lozere or Aveyron. Until 1906, when the Armistice and then peace was proclaimed between the cabrette and the accordion, under the influence of café owners who preferred to see beer than blood flow. Without knowing, they came to start the musette...

The bourrée continued to develop in Paris for more than 80 years even though it was inclined to be in jeopardy in the country. And thanks to the Auvergnats installed in Paris in the bistros and cafés who popularised the dance first with their cabrettes, sort of French bagpipes called musette, from where comes the name of the dance musette given by the Parisians and became a French popular dance animated by an accordion...

The folklore was kept alive by the great number of immigrants of the Massif Central coming up at the end of the 19th century. This folklore is one of the most distinct elements of their identity. Still today, the basic rules put down in the 1920’s when the first folkloric groups began remains unchanged ; keeps alive the tradition and assures the animation of friendly banquets.