contra dance
or contredanse noun Etymology: French contredanse, by folk etymology from English country-dance Date: 1803 1. a folk dance in which couples face each other in two lines or a square 2. a piece of music for a contra dance

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  • contra dance — 1803, from Fr. contre danse, altered from English country dance by folk etymology from Fr. contra against, suggested by the arrangement of the partners in the dance. The dances and the name were taken up in France c. 1720s and from there passed… …   Etymology dictionary

  • contra-dance — ˈcontra dance, danse a corruption of country dance: see contre dance …   Useful english dictionary

  • Contra dance — Contredanse redirects here. For the Belarusian folk music band, see Contredanse (band). For the early and middle Western Classical music form, see Classical period (music). Contra dance (also contradance, contra dance and other variant spellings) …   Wikipedia

  • Contra Dance — Der zeitgenössische Contra Dance ist ein Tanz nach Ansage, dessen Abläufe im Takt der Musik in sich gegenüberstehenden Linien, den sogenannten Gassen, getanzt werden. Für den historischen Kontratanz siehe dort. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Verbreitung… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • contra dance — noun A type of folk dance style in which couples dance in two facing lines of indefinite length …   Wiktionary

  • contra dance — variant of contredanse …   Useful english dictionary

  • Contra dance form — This article supplements the main contra dance article. Contra dance form describes the arrangement of dancers into contra dance sets and minor sets. There are various forms, and each dance s choreography specifies its formation. A caller s first …   Wikipedia

  • Contra dance choreography — This article supplements the main contra dance article. Contra dance choreography specifies the dance formation, the figures, and the sequence of those figures in a dance. The figures usually repeat in a consistent pattern aligned with the… …   Wikipedia

  • Contra — is a Latin preposition meaning against . It is very frequently abbreviated to con, which is a separate preposition. It may refer to: Contras, Nicaraguan counter revolutionaries opposed to the Sandinistas Iran–Contra affair, the Reagan… …   Wikipedia

  • Contra — (lat.: „gegen“) oder Kontra steht für: Vorsilbe in der Bedeutung „gegen“, siehe Liste lateinischer Präfixe in Abstimmungen gleichbedeutend mit „dagegen“, siehe Abstimmung (Stellungnahme) Contra (Organisation), die gegen die Sandinisten Nicaraguas …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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