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Contra is a term used for dancing opposite and facing a partner (French Contre - opposite) and is particularly popular in America. They derive from a new style of Court Dance in the 17th and 18th Century where dancers did indeed face each other rather than dancing solo-with-a-partner or both facing line. The dancers are in lines of indefinite length and these days are Called. The Sets usually interact with one pair and their most immediate pair in a minor set and the dances are progressive.