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November 2, 2007

If you had told me two years ago that I would be donning a pair of cowboy boots and dancing the Madison to Shania Twain in front of a crowd of people in a salle des fetes in rural France on Halloween, I would have replied that was more chance of me climbing Everest in a pair of Manolos.

But the line dancing group of which I am a member provided the live entertainment at the recent Halloween party in a nearby village. Afterwards, the audience were encouraged (ok, in some cases, dragged from their chairs) to participate. It was quite surreal to see Martine, the glamorous deputy-mayor of a nearby village, gamely trying to perform the Texas Stomp in a pair of (very high) stilettos and a black pointy hat, along with some very adorable enfants dressed as witches and ghouls. (Truly, you would not believe how popular line dancing has become - among both French and English - in the Poitou Charentes.)

My friend Travis, however, was a tougher nut to crack. ‘No chance. No way. I do not do line dancing,’ he said, when a few of our troop tried to recruit him. (We only have one man at the moment, so another would be most welcome).

Later in the evening, I was very surprised to see him performing a curious little jig on the dance floor with a gregarious Frenchwoman from Niort. He says he only did it under duress. But when pressed, he did grudgingly admit that he had had more fun than he could ever have imagined. And so I wonder..... He could find himself hunting for cowboy boots and dancing to Shania Twain before he knows it.

comments (6)

1. Posted by Mya on November 2, 2007 10:17 PM

What is it about the French and line dancing? I don't get it. I don't get Jonny Halliday or Clo Clo for that matter.

Mya x

2. Posted by macduff on November 3, 2007 12:50 PM

surreal indeed! People in the French countryside dressed in witches outfits and dancing to Shania Twain ....

3. Posted by Krystelle on November 3, 2007 3:32 PM

This I would love to see....

4. Posted by mimi pompom on November 3, 2007 7:23 PM

Dear Mya,

all I know is that in my region people are clamouring to do it. But I am intrigued: who/what is Clo Clo?


5. Posted by estelle perrrier on November 4, 2007 3:23 PM

how bizarre!

6. Posted by Geoff on September 1, 2009 2:54 PM

Clo clo = Claude Francois..
He's on YouTube but before you snigger, remember we have Cliff..

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