The Saut de la Biquette
The Boatmen of the Rhône

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  • THE POLKAS: this form of dance arrived at the end of the 19th century.


- Les Amourettes: this dance from Valdaine shows us a naughty boy who tries to kiss his date. The girl refuses the advances by raising her fickle ribbon which she will give to the abbot of jubilation, a boy to whom the honor of young girls is entrusted during the feast.

- The Pika: it can be classified among the “primary polkas” which arrived by the peddlers.

- The Troika: this dance symbolizes the boy's dexterity in leading the teams.

- La Badoise Balancée: the polka step is rectilinear here, and the dance tells of a romantic quarrel.

- The Badoise du Champsaur: the difference with its sister the Badoise Balancée is that the riders change boys but without any quarrels.




- The Chibrelis: this dance is performed once a year for spring. The primary meaning is fertility. The flowered arches and the pot where they will be placed during the dance are sexual symbols.

- The Saut de la biquette: this dance of the shepherds appears as a challenge between dancers and musicians to know who will give up first. It was performed at the top of the mountains and by their jumps, the dancers rose even higher. No doubt a dialogue with the celestial spirits was thus established ...

- The Plowman: as its name does not indicate, it was interpreted at harvest time, as if to complete the agrarian cycle which leads to a new cycle.


  • THE RIGODONS: it is the dance par excellence of the Dauphiné.


- Le Petit Pierre: dance for two that tells the story of a meeting between girls and boys, first each on their own, then the formation of couples who all find themselves united. The couple perpetuates the strength of the company.

- Le Mont-Cenis: this rigodon ends with a very tight chain that winds to end in a line; this dance could symbolize the victory over the serpent frequently associated with the circle as an intermediary with the infernal world.

- The Bateliers du Rhône: this dance arrived in the region of VOIRON and ST LAURENT DU PONT by those who led the Chartreuse woods by the river for the masts of the ships and the VOIRON canvas for the sails.

- La Moutta: this is the only Rigodon Dauphinois step described in a classical dance dictionary, that of Master COMPAN.

- Les Filles du Village: this is a rigodon where the dance was mainly used as a romantic approach.

- The Cuckoo: a real hymn danced by the rigodons of the Dauphiné, where like the bird, the rider will make his nest elsewhere. This dance ends with a farandole which always describes a spiral.


The Dauphiné is at the crossroads of many cultural influences and it shows in its dances. On some, Provençal influences appear, on others, traces of Savoy can be recognized. Three dance groups can be defined in the Salmorenc repertoire:

The Chibrelis
The Troika
The Mont-Cenis



The repertoire of the song section is essentially composed of songs by shepherdesses, calendar songs and songs illustrating moments in life (work, parties, sadness, cheerfulness, etc.). They are either in French or in patois.

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The ATP Salmorenc group always performs in public with live music, that is to say with musicians. The tunes played are traditional songs of the Dauphiné which were transmitted orally most of the time. They were played with traditional instruments, or more modern ones such as the accordion (diatonic or chromatic), the clarinet, the trumpet, the violin etc.