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  • Chris1Ronald

    Chris1Ronald Oct. 3, 2001, 5:41 a.m. (Message 27688)

    Re: Contra dancing

    Jan (if you are still reading the comments on Contra),
    From my very limited experience of contra dancing in the eastern US, I would 
    agree with much of what has been said already. As one of the early responses 
    said, there are definite similarities with English country dancing, which I 
    expect you are familiar with. One of the notable features of contra seems to 
    be the extent to which one turns one's partner (8 continuous bars seems 
    common - or even 16?) The turning is done ballroom hold, and the main aim 
    seems to be to make as many turns as possible before the end of the phrase. 
    It is also noticeable that there tend to be as many men as women at the 
    dance. The one comment I'm not sure I agree with is that one gets more of a 
    work out with contra. I'm not conscious of there being much difference. It's 
    true that one dances more bars in the course of an evening, but the 
    walking-type step is less vigorous than the Scottish steps.   

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