March 5, 2011

Laissez-moi danser!

One thing I don’t like about French house parties is that nothing happens at them. After giving everyone la bise (cheek kisses), all there is to do is find a seat, sit in it, and talk. All night.

I miss going to house parties where there is an activity. Back home, I would often have board game nights and Wii parties with my friends. Here, it’s all talk and no action.

Cranium. The best game ever.

Now that I speak French reasonably well, I am able to partake in said conversations, but when I first moved here and spoke very little French, it was miserable. I was miserable.

All I wanted to do was dance!

I loved going to dance parties back in the States. If I ended up at a party at someone's house that wasn't a dance party (and there was no cranium), I would turn it into a dance party.

It turns out, however, that I am not the only girl in France who just wants to bouger mes fesses (shake my butt). Dalida was a very famous French pop artist in the 70s.

I just discovered her song, laissez-moi danser, and it pretty much sums up my feelings on this issue.

Let me dance!
Oh, let me!
Let me dance and sing in liberty all summer
Let me dance!
oh, let me!
Let me follow my dreams


  1. no board games and no dancing? and they party all night? I don't understand.

  2. sitting around cit chatting does not make for a very good Saturday night. As such I am going to go out dancing...

  3. Alexandra: Glad I'm not alone!

    Mandy Green: It is very confusing! The French must have a magic anti-boredom ability.

    Jenna: Take me with you! I don't want to spend another Saturday talking. I wanna dance!

  4. Ahh Cranium, je t'aime.

    I haven't put my dancing shoes on in ages! I don't think I even HAVE dancing shoes anymore!

    Le sigh.

    Hope it's ok - I tagged you in a post! ;-)

    x B

  5. You should come down my way, they are all about 'society' games here and there are even nights in the local bar and in a restaurant in the next village set aside for everyone to play

  6. B: I'm so glad you like cranium! Clearly we English speakers need to get together and play it. I have a keychain sized version here with me.
    Thanks for the tag!!

    Sara Louise: I'm jealous! I would love to play board games in a bar.

  7. Maybe I'm in the minority, but I'd rather sit around talking and whatnot, even with 10 years dance training and even more just "shaking my butt." That was hysterical, by the way.

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  9. I do love talking, but that seems like a really long time not to move!

  10. Joshua: Sometimes sitting around talking is nice, but for me I can't handle it if it's every single time! Plus I can usually talk AND play a board game. It is harder to communicate while dancing, I confess.

    The Twenty-Something: Exactly! I do enjoy getting together and talking at the start of the party, and then either dancing to my heart's content, or winning some games!

  11. I've just stumbled upon your blog, and this is so true. My friends tell me I don't go out enough, and this is exactly the reason why! I'm glad I'm not the only one to feel this way.

  12. GlobalHybrid: Thanks for stopping by! Glad to be of service :)


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