A traditional dance from which American's get square dance, and related to English country dance. Popular in New England and both coasts of the US. Live music, from French-Canadian music to old-time music. It's a partner dance, danced in long lines to an upbeat tempo.
Con"tra*dance` (?), n. [Pref. contra- + dance: cf. F. contrdance. Cf. Country-dance.]
A dance in which the partners are arranged face to face, or in opposite lines.
© Webster 1913.
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