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. Chris.