The format for this collection of contras is designed to make it easy to cut and paste.
(Updated or Revised December 2019)
Sicilian Circle Contras
Sicilian Circles are danced in a big circle of couples facing couples.
Couples are facing either clockwise or counterclockwise around the big circle.
Concentric Circle Contras are danced in two concentric circles of couples.
Couples in the inside circle are facing out towards a couple in the outside circle.
Proper Lines Contras
Proper Contras begin in two long facing lines with every dancer facing their partner.
Ladies are in the line on the caller's left and gents in the line on the caller's right.
Most of the action occurs between partners or in the long lines.
The sequence usually ends with a top to bottom progression.
Cheticamp Long Potato Simplified
June Bug Reel
Top to Tail
Follow the Leader
Couple Arch Over
Proper Duple Contras begin in two long lines of partners facing across.
The caller sees Ladies in the line on the left and gents in the line on the right.
"Take hands four from the top" forms small groups of four dancers starting at the top.
The couples nearest the caller in each group are #1's or "active" and move down.
The other couples are #2's or "inactive" and move towards the caller.
In the case of an odd number of couples there will be a neutral couple at the bottom.
After a single progression, there will be a neutral couple at the top.
A neutral couple waits through one sequence, participating where possible.
Neutral couples at the top become #1's, neutrals at the bottom become #2's.
Couples maintain their number and move in one direction all the way to the bottom or top.
Proper Duple Contras - Easy
Oyster River Hornpipe Simplified
Proper Turns (Swing, Twirl & Cast)
Liard Hot Springs
Only Three Quarters
Cross My Heart
Proper Duples - Contra Calls
(These include Petronella Turn, Figure Eight, Contra Corners)
Yoho Spiral Tunnels
Loons on Eaton Lake
Two, Four, Six, Eight
Good Man Relay
Alternate Duple Contras
Alternate Duple Contras begin in two long lines of partners facing across.
As for Duple Contras dancers are sorted into groups of four beginning at the top.
The #1's in each group exchange places with each other ("crossover") from the Proper position.
The Ladies and gentlement alternate down each line so these are sometimes called Improper Duples.
The action occurs in groups of four dancers and these groups change as the dance progresses.
Neutrals at the top or bottom must crossover while waiting to rejoin the action.
Alternate Duples - Easy
(These include Circles, Stars, Dosado)
Dryas Flats of Sunwapta River
Scout House Forgiving
Scout House Reel
Aspen and Spruce
Waskesiu River Walleye
Barred Owl Hoot
Pelicans on the Assiniboine River
Bold Highlander Simple Hybrid
Simple Arch Contra
Alternate Duples - Traditional
(These include Swing, Ladies Chain, Right and Left Thru)
Swing Into Spring
Harvest Time Contra
Dottie's Double #1, #2, #3, #4
Alternate Duples - Hands and Feet
Callison Hall Jig
Heel and Toe with 3 Dosados
Heel and Toe High Five
Heel and Toe Circles and Stars
Heel and Toe Switch
Alternate Duples - Intermediate
(Include some unusual call that needs explaining)
Dunlin at Martinique
Trail to Calgary
Alternate Duples - Contra Calls
(Include Heys, Contra Corners)
Wren in Cottonwood at St. Mary Lake
Summit Lake Trails
Balsam Poplar along Ogilvie River
Susitna Headwaters View
Early Morning Swing
Whirling Maple Leaves
Idaho Camas Prairie
There and Back Again
Alternate Duples - Square Dance Calls
(Include Star Thru, Square Thru, Swing Thru, etc.)
Fold and Follow
Bison Parade in Riding Mountain
Canvasback in a Prairie Pothole
Tag and Turn
Wind and Waves
Spin Chain Thru Duple with Girls Circulate
Spin Chain Thru Duple with Boys Circulate
3/4 Flutter Contra
Simple Double Progression
Double Progression for Square Dancers
Terry Lynn Plus
Couples Facing Couple Contras (Beckets)
Becket Contras begin in two long facing lines.
Partners stand side-by-side and each couple is facing another couple.
Couples Facing Couples - Easy
Slide Right #1
Slide Right #2 (Switch)
Slide Right #3 (Turn Opposite)
Slide Right #4 (Swing)
Slide Right #5 (Ladies Chain)
Couples Facing Couples - Traditional
L. A. Slant
Uptown Saint John
Right and Left to Fredericton
Bissett Bees Contra
Slaunch to Donegal
Becket Reel Variation
Star Left Contra
Down the Line Couple Contra
High Five Becket
Couples Facing Couples - Intermediate
Star Down the Line
Couples Facing Couples - Footwork
Happy Trails Contra
Grapevine Jig Modified
Couples Facing Couples - Contra Calls
Couples Facing Couples - Square Dance Calls
La Verendrye Bay des Sables
Cast Off 3/4, Walk and Dodge
Flutter and Reverse
Pull by Weathervane
Circle 3/4 and Flutter
Star, Twirl and Circle 3/4
1/4 More and Half Sashay
Equal Opportunity for Y2K
Spin Chain Thru
Dixie Style Contra
Mescolanzas are danced in a series of facing lines of four dancers (two couples).
These lines are arranged parallel to the front and back of the hall.
Keep In Time Mescolanza
New Friends Mescolanza
Flash Freeze Mescolanza
Mescolanza In Fours
Saint Andrew's Mescolanza
Relay the Deucey Mescolanza
Triplet Contras are contras for just three couples.
They usually begin with the dancers arranged in short Proper Contra lines.
Forest Heights Triplet
Double Star Triplet
Kingston Flyer for Seniors
Barley and Oats
Senior's Arch Over
Top Weave Down Triplet
Right and Left Thru Triplet
Ladies Long Chain Triplet
Money Musk Triplet
Right Hand High Triplet
Triplet Version of Toots' Dosado Trio
Contra Corners Triplet #1
Contra Corners Triplet #2
Triplet Version of Rio Trio
Facing Trios are a lines of three version of a Sicilian Circle.
Inside Weave Out Trio
Contra Corners Trio
Toots' Dosado Trio
One-Way Trios are danced in lines of three arranged in a big circle like spokes of a wheel
They usually include some movement between groups of three to mix the dancers.
Right Hand High Trio
Out Roll Reverse Trio
Hey for Three Trio
Mixers are usually danced in a big circle of couples.
The name implies that partners change as the dance progresses.
Some mixers have a "No Mix" option.
The Gate Mixer
The Barn Mixer
PARTNERS FACING, SWING AND PROMENADE
Lancash Barn Dance
Scottish Circassian Circle
St. Theresa's Mixer
FORWARD AND BACK, TURNING PARTNER
Lariat Circle Dance
The Ramapo Romp
Lancashire Reel Modernized
Reel of Ballymore
Old Briar Patch Mixer
GRAND RIGHT AND LEFT or WEAVE
The Vowel Dance
Grand Colonel Mixer
Grand Sashay Mixer
RORY O'MORE BALANCE
Liard Whirlpool Mixer
SINGLE FILE PROMENADE
Ten O'Clock Mixer