Branle [brande, brawl, brall, brangill]
- Daniel Heartz
- and Patricia Rader
A sideways step or movement in the 15th- and 16th-century Basse danse; a variety of French dances of popular character that were widely cultivated over several centuries. Some branles are still danced in France, and branle-like dances (line and circle dances) are popular in many cultures. A group dance, the branle, involves several couples disposed in a circle, in a single-file line or in a line of couples. Randle Cotgrave vividly defined in his ...