Definition of contradance in US English:

contradance

noun

  • A country dance in which the couples form lines facing each other.

    • ‘Music at a contradance is both live and lively, and is provided by a small band which typically has one or two fiddles, a piano, and maybe a guitar, flute, tin whistle, or hammered dulcimer.’
    • ‘A free beginners’ orientation session is offered at 7:30 pm for all Friday and Saturday contradances and for the Wednesday English dances.’
    • ‘The etiquette at contradances is that for every dance people generally change partners and dance with someone else, even if you do come with a partner.’
    • ‘This versatile group is equally at home playing for concerts, contradances, or Cajun dances.’
    • ‘People have been organizing contradances in Winston-Salem since the early 1980s.’
    • ‘Now living in Ithaca, NY, Kathy plays for contradances and English country dances and also performs at concerts, festivals and coffeehouses.’
    • ‘She began playing contradances while in high school, went on to Eastman School of Music, and now performs and teaches fiddle and violin in the Rochester area.’
    • ‘These four contradances were written in Salzburg in January of 1780 for Count Johann Rudolf Czernin.’
    • ‘Father and daughter John Wobus and Megan Wobus Beller have been playing contradances together for more than a decade.’
    • ‘They perform frequently at weddings, coffeehouses, parties, and cafés throughout central New York, and for contradances across the country.’
    • ‘When I moved to California in 1981, I found that the New England dancing I enjoyed was not being called so in San Francisco - the contradances were ‘California style’.’
    • ‘We can provide sound for contradances that we play at, as well as other functions… and we can also hire ourselves out to do sound for other people.’

Origin

Early 19th century: variant of contredanse.

Pronunciation

contradance

/ˈkäntrəˌdans/