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  • Patricia Ruggiero

    Patricia Ruggiero Oct. 3, 2001, 3:10 a.m. (Message 27682)

    RE: Contra dancing

    Adam wrote:
    "Contra dance is Eastern US longways set dancing.  The word Contra is a
    corruption of Country."
    
    There are two theories about the word.  One is as you suggest, and comes
    from the French who liked "country" dancing so much that they adopted it and
    called it by its cognate "contre"danse.  The other theory, seeming to be
    fading from favor, is that it refers to lines opposite, or contra, one
    another.
    
    Pat
          

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