Contredanse, that is Country Dance, is a sub-set of Baroque Dance. As the lighter, less virtuosic of the court dances, these social dances were more widely accessible than their counterpart, the balletic theatrical dances. Though Contredanse may have been inspired by true folk dances of the times, it was rather a form defined by being a less formal, not-a-court dance. Two or more couples in formations of lines, circles, or squares moved through patterns on the floor, often ending up back where they began in the larger formation. Our modern square and folk dances owe much to Contredanse.
The Ponderosa is under a fire ban, so we will be unable to use their fire pits for singing and roasting marshmallows. We have come up with some alternate activities for Friday and Saturday night.
Friday Night: Game Night
After the plenary session, drinks and snacks will be available as we gather together to play games. Bring a favorite game to share, try another's favorite, or simply join us for the laughter and conversation which is sure to ensue.
Saturday Night: Contredanse
After the Spouses' Panel it will be time to swing your partner. Whether you move to the beat or have two left feet, the evening of dancing is sure to be a joy. Here is a description of Contredanse from our caller:
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