contradance


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con·tra·dance

or con·tra·danse  (kŏn′trə-dăns′)
n.
Variants of contredanse.

contradance

(ˈkɒntrəˌdɑːns)
n
(Dancing) a variant spelling of contredanse
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Noun1.contradance - a type of folk dance in which couples are arranged in sets or face one another in a linecontradance - a type of folk dance in which couples are arranged in sets or face one another in a line
folk dance, folk dancing - a style of dancing that originated among ordinary people (not in the royal courts)
longways, longways dance - country dancing performed with couples in two long lines facing each other
square dance, square dancing - American country dancing in which couples form squares
do-si-do - a square-dance figure; two dancers approach each other and circle back to back before returning to their original places
promenade - a square dance figure; couples march counterclockwise in a circle
sashay - a square dance figure; partners circle each other taking sideways steps
swing - a square dance figure; a pair of dancers join hands and dance around a point between them
landler - a moderately slow Austrian country dance in triple time; involves spinning and clapping
Verb1.contradance - perform a contradance
trip the light fantastic, trip the light fantastic toe, dance - move in a pattern; usually to musical accompaniment; do or perform a dance; "My husband and I like to dance at home to the radio"
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Sponsored by the library's Folklife Center, the music may be bluegrass, ethnic, Celtic, roots, or contradance, but it's always engaging.
Friday with a traditional contradance and an opening night storytelling event.
As is often the case with Ives, those tunes and fragments are used both as raw material for development and variation, and as recurring social allusions that invoke the spirit of the rural New England of his day--a contradance tune here, a Protestant hymn of battle song there.
Unlike the country dances with their perky music and reminders of contradance forms, it is somber in mood.