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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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African musical traditions to European dance genres, particularly the French contredanse, influenced these genres characteristic rhythmic accent.
46) The piece is a contredanse, which, as Allanbrook notes, "had no place in the hierarchical vocabulary of eighteenth-century social dance; it was a new dance, a 'danceless dance,' and hence the true dance of No-Man.
Derivada de la Contredanse que a su vez fue importada del Reino Unido a Francia a finales del siglo XVII y principios del XVIII (69).
On pourrait d'ailleurs souhaiter pour la suite qu'une histoire linguistique de la chanson s'attarde a l'etude de mots dont l'apparition denote des changements signifiants intervenus dans l'histoire des pratiques de la chanson: timbre, danse de campagne (au sens de contredanse, country dance), rigodon, diseuse, cafe-concert, music-hall, revue, burlesque, cabaret, varietes et groupe (au sens d'orchestre), notamment.
Volume is trained by Luca Cumani for owner-breeder Stuart Stuckey, the same connections who landed the Oaks D'Italia with Contredanse in 2010.
En 1984, agee de 70 ans elle obtient un doctorat en Arts et traditions populaires a l'Universite Laval avec sa these << La danse traditionnelle au Canada francais : quadrilles et collions >> et en 2008, agee de 94 ans, elle publie son dernier livre La Contredanse au Quebec.
Mr Fallon carries the burden of the nap tonight at York aboard Luca Cumani's CONTREDANSE (7.
That may pave the way clear for the Luca Cumanitrained Contredanse to flash home in this encounter.
That may pave the way clear for the Luca Cumani-trained Contredanse to flash home in this Group Three encounter.
Contredanse generale, pendant laquelle les Francs chantent: Vivir.
Third home that day was Contredanse, who had not been disgraced in a valuable sales race at Newmarket previously, so the form looks solid.
Within this context, Cyrille argues that it was of fundamental significance that enslaved Africans and their New World descendants employed the contredanse and quadrille as both mode and means to contest the ontological basis of plantation slavery.