What is contra dancing?
Dancers line up in sets of two lines along the length of the hallyoure across from your partner and you both are facing another couple. The caller leads you through a sequence of dance figures (reminiscent of square dancing, but generally simpler and with a smooth, continuous flow of movement) with your facing couple. You and your partner then pass through to another couple and repeat the dance. You end up dancing not only with your partner, but with many (and, perhaps by the end of the evening, all) of the other dancers.