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Contra is the common folks’ free-wheeling alternative to its elegant cousin, English Country dance, set to fast fiddling and great lively music! Descended from stylized 17th-century English court dances, “contra” (contrary) dancing evolved. Everyone was allowed to contra dance; it was easy, fun, and allowed for embellishment and individual expression. Contra is led by a caller who teaches a sequence of figures to long lines of couples. Contra is danced to live music. In contra dance, everyone flows together – individual parts coming together for a joyful whole.
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