Curent and balet are lively and cheerful couple dances, which differ from each other in the choreography and bring together all the villages of the Valley. Each Piedmontese valley was characterised by a specific type of courenta, but many are lost; the steps, turns and the speed of the entire dance make each courenta unique.
The lack of knowledge of a lost one, implied singing the accompanying melodies; to date around 150 are counted between balet and curent.
Even today there are dancers and musicians, including young people, who keep this tradition alive, without losing track of it: many melodies are not known, neither those who composed them nor when they date back to, but there are still musicians that compose new ones. However, it is possible to try at a date by referring to the instruments used, from the button accordion, to the clarinet, saxophone, semi-tone accordion and melodion. Many curent and balet have lyrics that are like nursery rhymes, helping you to remember the music, or double-sense phrases to have the freedom, at least during the dance, to express themselves on taboo subjects. Some of the most popular titles of curent are: “Le belle si maritano”, “Ciaou pasarot”, “Cioula la veja”, “Le fasine de’ st’an pasà”. A popular one of the balet is “Ses ti jouanin”.
In the curent “enda a spas” (walking), always alternates with “balà virà” (dancing and turning anti-clockwise) and “balà desvirà” (dancing and turning clockwise). The balet, is the contrary, when dancing you alternate “virà” (turning anti-clockwise) with “desvirà” (turning clockwise).