- a variation of the quadrille in which the dancers face each other.
- a piece of music suitable for such a dance.
Origin of contredanse
Examples from the Web for contredanse
Historical Examples of contredanse
The French contredanse was borrowed from the English country-dance.English Past and Present
Richard Chevenix Trench
"Amidst more youthful engagements, don't forget you are engaged to me for a contredanse," she said.Miles Tremenhere, Vol 2 of 2
Annette Marie Maillard
Contredanse is the French original, and means that the parties stand opposite to each other.Every-Day Errors of Speech
L. P. Meredith
Flocks of old gulls, enormous as hens, fluttered with evolutions like a contredanse upon its glossy surface.The Dead Command
Vicente Blasco Ibez
The contredanse represented was originally the old country dance exported to France and returned with certain arrangements added.The Dance (by An Antiquary)
- a courtly Continental version of the English country dance, similar to the quadrille
- music written for or in the rhythm of this dance