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What is Contra Dance ?
Attempt of a Definition
In Contra Dancing, a group of people dances devised interwoven geometrical movements in congruence with the structure of the music.
... a group of people ... : Most contras are danced in lanes, where one line of dancers faces another line. But there are many other forms, which I also count among the contra dances, if the other criterias are fulfilled.
... devised movements ... : Movements in contra dancing must be devised beforehand, to fit the structure of the music. In most cases they are taught and walked through, before they are danced with music.
... interwoven geometrical movements ... :
Round Dance and Line Dance too consist of devised movements. But these movements
are danced by single dancers or single couples, and are not related to a group.
... in congruence with the structure of the music :
Contra dance music must have a distinct structure. However, it must not
More Contra Dance Sites on this Homepage:
Where can I dance?
Seminar Reports (mostly short dance descriptions)
And here a selection of Links to related sites:
Hans Krackau, Berlin, provides a list of other contra dance groups too
Clark Baker explaining Traditional Squares and Contras to MWSD folks
Bill Tomczak´s Collection of Articles
Michael Dyck's Contradance Index tries to list all modern contras
Published 2003-09-29 / latest addendum 2015-07-29 / Heiner Fischle, Hannover, Germany