Monday, July 27, 2009

France gone country - look at them boots!

(c) Fox News

The French administration has moved to create an official country dancing diploma. Authorized instructors who have completed publicly funded training courses will be put in charge of line dancing lessons and balls.

Why the need for such regulation? An estimated 100,000 people across France line dance several times a week. “It's growing at a crazy rate. There are thousands of clubs and more are springing up all the time,” said Jean Chauveau, the chairman of the country section of the French Dance Federation. And if that many people are into it, France wants to be sure the activity is submitted to the same rules as sports, such as football and rugby. So there will be mandatory training courses for line dancing teachers and a state-approved diploma for anyone who wants to give lessons or run clubs. Vive le red tape.

(c) Fox News

In case you were wondering, the most popular line dances in France are the “Tush Push”, the “Electric Slide” and the “Boot-Scootin’ Boogie”.

According to Chauveau, the trend illustrated France's “complicated and ambiguous” relationship with the US. “We love American magic and the American dream,” he said. “But we hate Americans when we confront the hard reality of their behavior throughout the world. We go for the cowboy hats but not George Bush.”

I'll start worrying when I see Skoal rings on back pockets , but until then, I'm enjoying seeing posters in town advertising Le Country and Le Cow-boy Night.

1 comment:

  1. you really ought to come to one of the line dancing events, it's a total blast! I have a video of the American Day festivities, and it's amazing. The DJ, who didn't look like he could do much other than thunk around (pretty big guy) had some of the most amazing, graceful and completely authentic moves I have ever seen...