from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Variants of contredanse.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative spelling of contra dance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A dance in which the partners are arranged face to face, or in opposite lines.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A dance by four couples placed opposite each other and making the same steps and figures. See country-dance.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. perform a contradance
  • n. a type of folk dance in which couples are arranged in sets or face one another in a line


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  • Their first piece was a sprightly Mozart contradance-fast, but not too fast, with a French horn solo in the middle that Lisa choked on half the time, even in yesterday's dress rehearsal.

    Beyond World's End

  • Extemporaneous comedies were no longer played in the great cities, and Odo listened with surprise to the swift thrust and parry, the inexhaustible flow of jest and repartee, the readiness with which the comedians caught up each other's leads, like dancers whirling without a false step through the mazes of some rapid contradance.

    The Valley of Decision

  • Dance-music was pouring from the arched recesses above the doorways, and chandeliers of coloured Murano glass diffused a soft brightness over the pilasters of the stuccoed walls, and the floor of inlaid marbles on which couples were rapidly forming for the contradance.

    The Valley of Decision

  • All the ricks in the yard were bobbing about, as if amusing themselves with a slow contradance; but they were as yet kept in by the barn, and a huge old hedge of hawthorn.

    Sir Gibbie

  • We were then at the end of the contradance; the last figure separated me a moment from my cousin; when I led her back to the

    Mysteries of Paris, V3

  • As noted, bands also find a home at Falcon Ridge, and the lineup this weekend features the ever-popular Cold Spring combo Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams; the bluegrass stylings of Chester River Runoff; groove-based contradance combo, The Clayfoot Local Breaking News

  • Note: The First Saturday contradance at Peterborough Townhouse will not be held in August but will resume in September.

    New Hampshire Public Radio

  • Folk Arts Society of Greenville and the ECU Folk and Country Dancers will hold a contradance from 7: 30-10 p.m. today at the Greenville Masonic Temple, 1104 S. Charles St. Bill and Libby Hicks will provide music and Ben Allbrandt will be the caller.

    The Daily Reflector

  • Many of these songs are meant to be played at dances or parties, where you could reasonably expect people to be in the middle of a contradance; like today's trance and electronic musics, most fiddle tunes have few or no lyrics, and a catchy melody that self perpetuates.


  • From teens to seniors and dreads to grey heads, the contradance community is an exercise in diversity.



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