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  • seonaid.gent

    seonaid.gent Oct. 2, 2001, 3:30 p.m. (Message 27661)

    Re: Contra dancing

    Hi Jan,
    
    I'm not an expert, but here's what I've picked up about contra on the
    few occassions I've tried it.
    
    Contra dancing is a type of dancing fairly similar to SCD.  It is
    usually done in sets of long lines 'for as many as will'.  The term
    contra comes from the fact that you face your partner (or are contra
    to them).  Usually the odd couples start on the opposite side of the
    dance, and the dances are normally for two couples.  A lot of the
    basic figures are similar eg circle, stars/wheels, ladies chains,
    swing/spin, but there are other more exciting ones too.  For some
    dances a basic running step is used, and others use step-hop
    (depending on the rythmn of the music used).  Contra tends to be more
    tiring, in that you are dancing most of the time.
    
    For a better description I suugest you look at 
    http://www.sbcds.org/contradance/
    or
    http://www.freenet.hamilton.on.ca/link/jig/a_contra_dancers_primer.htm
    
    Anyone wanting to give contra a shot could come to IVFDF in St Andrews
    on March 1-3 2002.  There we will have a contra workshop on the
    Saturday, and a ceilidh with a mixture of contra, SCD, ceilidh,
    english ceilidh and probably other sorts of dance too on both Friday
    and Saturday evenings and Saturday and Sunday afternoons! (There's
    also a SCD on the Saturday night)
    
    Cheers,
    
    Seonaid
    
    > Hi all,
    >
    >This question was asked a little while ago and I don't think 
    >there was an answer posted on the list...
    >
    >For those of us in the UK who have never come across Contra 
    >Dancing in our travels, can someone please explain what it is?
    >
    >I feel a little left out of the current thread comparing it to
    >SCD because I can't picture what you're talking about!
    >
    >Many thanks,
    >
    >Jan
    >
    >Beaconsfield, UK
    >RSCDS London Branch
    
    
    
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