Haut Barrois Branle
The Branle du Haut Barrois is found in Orchesography by Thoinot Arbeau.
* Running Double left (DrL)
* Running Double right (DrR)
As with most branles, this dance is performed in a line of people holding hands or (if enough people are present) a circle. It is not necessary for the dancers to be paired into couples.
Double Left (Haut Barrois)
The double left, as done in the branle du Haut Barrois, is the same as an ordinary branle double left, except that it is done with running steps, springing off the floor between each step and the next: spring to left onto the left foot, spring onto the right foot approaching where the left foot was, spring to left onto the left foot, and then spring onto both feet joined.
Instead of joining the feet at the end, one may hop on the left foot while kicking forward with the right foot (greve droite or pied en l'air droit).
Other versions of this step have been proposed. In one version, there is a full hop between each step and the next, but this is not supported by Arbeau's own definition of saut, which emphasizes elevation (at the middle of the saut) rather than rising from the ground or landing. In another version, one lands on both feet for each step, but this is not consistent with the original French, in which every step except the final pieds joints is done by a foot in the singular.
See also Double Right (Haut Barrois)