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  • Annmarie Throckmorton, M.A.

oooh to dance again

Contra Dance* is wonderful with any partner, man, woman, or child. I used to contra dance all night long, up and down from one end of the dance hall to the other, swirling along with the other ladies, from one strong, competent man’s arms to the next. Everyone was welcome. Sometimes someone would step out and dance display their particular skills, what fun! One woman could jump shoulder-high and land on her feet like a bird alight on a branch. Another swirled effortlessly round and round with the softest touch, a caress to each partner in turn. The men strutted their perfectly timed footwork to please the ladies, often in unison and then the floorboards resounded against their heels, the ladies thrilled, and the band played counterpoint.

Give yourself a treat, and experience fifty to a hundred human beings dancing together:

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* “Contra dance is a folk dance made up of long lines of couples. It has mixed origins from English country dance, Scottish, French dance styles in the 17th century. Sometimes described as New England folk dance or Appalachian folk dance, contra dances can be found around the world and have much popularity in North America and the United Kingdom where weekly or monthly dances and annual dance weekends are common.”

Alas, by the time I discovered Contra Dance, those men in my age group were long married.

Caption: Contra Dance to Perpetual e-Motion (emotion)

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