longways dance

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Noun1.longways dance - country dancing performed with couples in two long lines facing each other
contra danse, contradance, contredanse, country dancing, country-dance - a type of folk dance in which couples are arranged in sets or face one another in a line
Virginia reel, reel - an American country dance which starts with the couples facing each other in two lines
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The other tunes in 6/8 time, including 'Haste to the Wedding', may be associated with set (social) dances, and the same may be true of'Speed the Plough' (not strictly a hornpipe), which Sharp published (from a different source) as a country dance in his first Country Dance Book (which also contains two versions of 'Haste to the Wedding').61 'The Triumph' was presumably associated with the longways dance of that name, which Sharp also published in his first Country Dance Book.
Six-handed reels were not uncommon and Jamison suggests these were three-couple longways dances that alternated reels (heys) on each side, stepping in place, down the middle and back, and a cast-off figure.
(3) These square dances were called "Contredanse Francaise," and the longways dances became known as "Contredanse Anglaise." Thus, "country-dance" was used comprehensively to signify most types of social dance and specifically to refer to longways dances.