Country dancing in Dauphiné, France
Chardon du Dauphiné" came into existence in in 1977
thanks to Elizabeth Monfort
who had caught the bug on visits to
ill health, she was unable to maintain the activity,
but I was
invited to give weekend schools in Grenoble from time to time to
help keep the flame alive,
and some of the local dancers
traveled to Valence, Geneva or St Andrews to stay in touch.
these reasons, when I finally came to live in Grenoble,
was a kernel of enthusiasts ready and waiting for Scottish
country dancing to take off again as a regular activity,
the groups, dances, and ceilidhs soon began to multiply.
were run under the aegis of gymnastics clubs or town councils,
the members were affiliated with the RSCDS under the name "Club
de Danse Ecossaise de Grenoble."
we acquired our own dance hall, however, the group became totally
independent and could meet whenever we felt like it.
adopted the old name "Le Chardon du Dauphiné"
is now an officially registered association.
thistle, or "chardon", symbol of Scotland, is now
firmly planted in the southeastern region of France,
"le Dauphiné" (once the fief of the eldest son
of the royal family).
André is patron saint of Grenoble and Scotland, we named
Andrews Hall (salle St André),
enjoyed many good evenings and days of dancing (and eating!)
however, times are changing, and the new team have decided to use
a more centrally located hall, le CLEF, rue Ding.
country dancing is not our only activity.
haggis holds our attention from time to time.
contact le Chardon :