Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Do you contra?

Contra...out of breath dizzy fun. According to wikipedia, it's an English country dance originating in the 17th century and later adapted by the French. Once co-opted by the Americans it was re-interpreted and considered some form of American folk dance. Honestly, it reminded me a lot of square dancing. Whatever you call it, I was doing it on Monday night after a glass of wine and a little Red Hook. Someone had the bright idea to hire a caller and band the last night of the river rally I went to in New Hampshire. Couldn't have been too terrible an idea as young and old (and, yes, me) poured onto the dance floor to fling each other about. Passed from man to woman to man while skipping, swinging and do si doing all I could do was laugh. Don't be surprised if I try to get a little contra going at the next party ; )

5 comments:

  1. Anonymous7:00 PM

    My mom and sister went contra dancing a few times. They said it was really intense because there was lots of staring at your partner.

    SD

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  2. Don't be too surprised if I don't participate;)

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  3. All i can think of are gingham skirts and the scene from "Son In Law" when they all start dancing and Pauly Shore starts making rooster noises.

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  4. "Check it, Becca! Steven Tyler PJs!"

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  5. Now I can't tell you where you left a comment where I saw you anymore. But thanks for teh reminder that contra exists. I'll hunt down when the next dance for it is locally.

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