Meanwhile, Sapoznik played rock'n'roll, made his way through the folk song revival (Woody Guthrie, Cisco Houston, Bob Dylan), and "soon found myself getting into more traditional kinds of music: Irish, New England Contradances
, but mainly Appalachian string band music.
While both videos begin with scenes from traditional Massachusetts contradances, much of the focus is on Canadian fiddlers and square dancing.
The dances captured in New England Dances include those listed in its subtitle "squares, quadrilles, and step dances," with only a brief look at the contradance, and the "Virginia Reel" formation dances that are fairly widespread in American cities as a revival tradition.
Students progress from walks to folk dances, line games to contradances
, improvised movement to new dance forms.
In France, periodicals with the royal license to publish issued elegantly engraved chansons, vaudevilles, ariettes, drinking songs, duets, recitatives, and contradances.
These works were almost always "country" dances or contradances, such as quadrilles, sometimes including instructions or diagrams for the dance.