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also con·tre·dance or con·tra·dance or con·tra·danse  (kŏn′trə-dăns′)
1. A folk dance performed in two lines with the partners facing each other.
2. The music for this dance.

[French, alteration (influenced by contre-, opposite) of English country-dance.]


(ˈkɒntrəˌdɑːns) or


1. (Dancing) a courtly Continental version of the English country dance, similar to the quadrille
2. (Music, other) music written for or in the rhythm of this dance
[C19: from French, changed from English country dance; country altered to French contre (opposite) by folk etymology (because the dancers face each other)]


(ˈkɒn trəˌdæns, -ˌdɑns; Fr. kɔ̃ˈtrədɑ̃s) ,

n., pl. -dans•es (-ˌdæn sɪz, -ˌdɑn-; Fr. -ˈdɑ̃s)
1. a quadrille in which the dancers face each other.
2. music for such a dance.
[1795–1805; < French, =contre- counter- + danse dance, misrendering of E country -dance, by association with the characteristic arrangement of dancers in rows facing each other]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.contredanse - a type of folk dance in which couples are arranged in sets or face one another in a linecontredanse - 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.contredanse - 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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The English dances crossed over to France, where this popular form of dancing in a long set of partners first became known as contredance.
HALF-SISTER to two other winners, Serene View was out of Navarene, whose own siblings included ten winners, three of them successful in Graded company in America - Contredance in the Grade 1 Arlington-Washington Lassie Stakes, Skimble in the Grade 2 Dahlia Handicap and Shotiche in the Grade 3 Rolling Green Handicap.
Notations Two manuscripts by Lorin have survived: Livre de contredance presente au Roy, a collection Of 13 English contredanses notated using Lorin's system, dating from 1685 or shortly thereafter, and Livre de contredance du Roy, a detailed study of the first of these, notated and elaborately illustrated, dated 1688, with a new dedication and dedicatory poems, dated 1721.
She hails from the draft of Ringfort Stud, as does a Green Desert grandson of Grade 1 winner Contredance (610) and half-brothers to Allied Powers (737) and Carnaby Street (442).
His best son, Chief's Crown, was champion juvenile colt; his best daughter, Contredance, ranked 3lb below the top filly.
Sire of 24 crops of racing age, including Gr1 winners: Chief's Crown (x 8), Contredance, Stephan's Odyssey (x 2), Danzig Connection (x 2), Green Desert, Lotka, Polish Navy (x 3), Polonia, Qualify, Danehill, One Of A Klein, Polish Precedent (x 2), Shaadi (x 2), Adjudicating (x 2), Dayjur (x 3), Dance Smartly, Polish Patriot, Versailles Treaty (x 4), Easy Now, Furiously, Hamas, Lure (x 3), Petit Loup, Pine Bluff, Dispute (x 4), Maroof, Strolling Along, Tribulation, Zieten, Anabaa (x 2), Langfuhr (x 3), Yamanin Paradise [in Japan], Blue Duster, Elnadim, Military, Pas De Reponse, Yashmak, Agnes World (x 2), Golden Snake (x 4), Mujahid, Brahms, War Chant, Ad Valorem (x 2), Librettist (x 2).
Among the eyecatching lots are a half-sister to Maria's Mon, by Doneraile Court (239)' a Victory Gallop filly out of the Grade 1 winner Contredance (253)' a full-brother to Grade 1-winning sprinter D'Wildcat by Forest Wildcat (267)' a half-brother to this year's Arkansas Derby winner Lawyer Ron (273)' a full-brother to Illinois Derby winner Sweet-northernsaint (315)' and a Lemon Drop Kid half-brother to Grade 1 winner Roman Ruler (426).