Country dance

A country dance is any of a large number of social dances of a type that originated in the British Isles. The figures involve interaction with your partner and/or with other dancers with a progression so that you dance with everyone in your set, it is common in modern times to have a "caller" who teaches the dance and calls the figures as you dance. Country dances are done in many different styles; as a musical form written in 2/4 or 6/8 time, the contredanse was used by Mozart. Introduced to South America by French immigrants, Country Dance had great influence upon Latin American music as contradanza; the Anglais or Angloise is another term for the English country dance. A Scottish country dance may be termed an Ecossaise. Irish set dance is related. A set is a formation of dancers; the most common formations are longways for as many as will, i.e. couples in long lines, squares, consisting of four couples. The longways formation occurs in over 12,000 modern contra dances. In 2003, Burleson's Square Dancer's Encyclopedia listed 5125 figures.

Circles and fixed-length longways sets are very common, but the possible formations are limited only by the imagination of the choreographer. Thomas Wilson, in 1808, wrote, "A Country Dance is composed of an indefinite number of persons, not less than six, but as many more as chuse, but six are sufficient to perform any figure in the treatise." Wilson was writing about his own period. In fact, there are numerous dances for two couples, quite a few for three or five dancers. A figure is a pattern that the dancers trace along the floor, simple ones such as Circle Left are intuitive and can be danced with no prior knowledge, while complex moves such as Strip the willow need to be taught; the stepping and style of dancing varies by period. Wilson, in 1820, wrote, "Country Dance Figures are certain Movements or Directions formed in Circular, Half Circular, Angular, Straight Lines, etc. etc. drawn out into different Lengths, adapted to the various Strains of Country Dance Music.". Again, the possible figures are limited only by the imagination of the choreographer.

Examples of some of the figures are provided in the Glossary of country dance terms. The music most associated with country dancing is folk/country/traditional/historical music, however modern bands are experimenting with countless other genres. While some dances may have originated on village greens, the vast majority were, still are, written by Dancing Masters and choreographers; each dance consists of a series of figures smoothly linked together, designed to fit to the chosen music. The most common form of music is 32 bar jigs or reels, but any music suitable for dancing can be used. In most dances the dancers will progress to a new position so that the next time through the music they are dancing with different people. While English Folk Dance Clubs embrace all types of country dance, American English Country Dance groups tend to exclude modern contra dances and square dances. Country dancing is intended for general participation, unlike folk dances such as clogging, which are concert dances, ballroom dances in which dancers dance with their partners independently of others.

Bright and simple, country dances had appeal as a refreshing finale to an evening of stately dances such as the minuet. The term contra dance is just another name for a country dance. Howe, in 1858, wrote, "The term "Country Dance" is the one invariably used in all books on dancing that have been published in England during the last three centuries, while all works issued in France within the same period employ the term Contra Dance, or in French "Contre Danse"; as the authority is good in both cases, either term is therefore correct. The Country or Contra Dance has been one of the most popular amusements in the British Isles and other continental countries from time immemorial". However, "contra dance" is most used today to refer to a specific American genre called contra dance. Country dances began to influence courtly dance in the 15th century and became popular at the court of Elizabeth I of England. Many references to country dancing and titles shared with known 17th-century dances appear from this time, though few of these can be shown to refer to English country dance.

While some early features resemble the morris dance and other early styles, the influence of the courtly dances of Continental Europe those of Renaissance Italy, may be seen, it is probable that English country dance was affected by these at an early date. Little is known of these dances before the mid-17th century. John Playford's The English Dancing Master listed over a hundred tunes, each with its own figures; this was enormously popular, reprinted for 80 years and much enlarged. Playford and his successors had a practical monopoly on the publication of dance manuals until 1711, ceased publishing around 1728. During this period English country dances took a variety of forms including finite sets for two and four couples as well as circles and squares; the country dance was introduced to the court of Louis XIV of France, where it became known as contredanse, to Germany and Italy. André Lorin, who visited the English court in the late 17th century, presented a manuscript of dances in the English manner to Louis XIV on his return to France.

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