On Bouge

On Bouge, established in 1990, is London’s long-running club for French Balfolk, Bal Trad, Bal Occitan and Fest Noz. It is now based in Heath Street Baptist Church from 7:30-11:00pm on the second Friday of each month - see map and get directions.

Many of the dances we do are danced all over Europe, but we do like to shine a spotlight on dances from specific areas. Fest Noz, Balfolk, Bal Trad, Bal Occitan are titles used to describe what we do. The accent is on dancing with fun, but we usually try and tell you about the context of the dances, fitting them into the cultural traditions of the various regions.

We always have live music. Duo Mistral (Chris and Caroline Shaw) are happy to share their years of experience of playing and dancing in various French regions, and the On Bouge Band (aka the Behind the Shed Buskers) are always there to play. We are negotiating to have specific guests in the coming months.

Prices are generally £10 (£8 unwaged). You are welcome to turn up rather than booking, but please be double vaccinated or contact chris@gigcb.com for up-to-date guidance if not.


Please bring drinks and nibbles to share. We will provide French festival freshly washed-up reusable plastic cups and sticky labels to put your name on – please remove the labels at the end of the evening. We will take them home and wash them up again.

Please email chris@gigcb.com to join our email list. Please contact Chris if you would like to play. We want to keep up our eclectic mix!

Upcoming dates

10 September 2021 Behind the Shed Buskers, Duo Mistral, David Lowe
8 October 2021 The wonderful, the famous … (‘ooh is it???)
12 November 2021 Ticket only event: We have a GUEST who will be revealed at the October meeting where tickets will be available, then subsequently apply by email.
10 December 2021 On Bouge Christmas Party


Click here for our website and Facebook page.

Covid-19 is still a problem, but we have to learn to live with it: we have to live!; we have to dance!; we have to play music! Please feel free to come if you have had the two necessary vaccinations. If you have not had the vaccinations please contact me. My priorities are to keep people safe, but I will be happy to do the research to see what we can do.

One of the crucial things is simple: if you have ANY Covid-19 symptoms please stay at home and look after yourself: see instructions from GOV.UK below.

From gov.uk:

Before attending any sporting activities, all participants, officials, volunteers and spectators should self-assess for symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These are:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste
  • If you have one or more of these symptoms you should not attend any sporting activity, even if your symptoms are mild. You should follow NHS guidance on testing and self-isolation.

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