In a contra dance
, parallel lines of dancers stand opposite - or "contra to" - their partners.
Goldman recently danced his way around the United States, finding contra dances to attend in at least a dozen cities as he traveled.
The Eugene Folklore Society sponsors local contra dances, which usually include a half-hour of instruction for those newer to the dance, followed by several hours of the real thing.
Sponsored by Berlin Country Orchestra, 7:30-11 p.
and dinner, with home-cooked food, live music, chili dinner served from 6-7 p.
She knew I played the fiddle (with the Aman Folk Ensemble and the Turtle Creek Contra Dance
Band) and asked if I knew Lewis and Clark had a fiddle player.
Eugene Folklore Society - Contra dance
with music by Atlantic Crossing; caller Woody Lane, 7 p.
Worcester Contra Dance
Berlin Country Orchestra with Tim Van Egmond calling.
The popularity of dances done by individuals in a group setting or line configuration has persisted over the centuries--from early American country and English contra dances
to the Stroll of the '50s, the Bunny Hop and Alley Cat of the '60s and '70s, and the Macarena and Cha Cha Slide of the '90s--and are still being done by adults and kids at today's parties and school dances.
They included quadrilles (squares), contra dances
(using many of the same figures as square dance, but danced by couples in two facing lines -- for example, the Virginia reel), and round dances like the varsovienne, the waltz, and the polka.
The Onlies have developed a strong fan base on the West Coast, performing concerts, square and contra dances
and pub gigs from Port Townsend, Wash.
This special program will include quadrilles and contra dances
from the most current authors as well as couple dances.