Petronella ~ Contra

Petronella ~ Contra Petronella

Petronella ~ Contra is an American Country Dance. It is a traditional dance with no clear origin. Found in Cracking Chestnuts. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. It is a multipart dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

This dance presumably originated as a Scottish Country Dance. A dance named "Petronella" with clear similarities to this was published in the first collection of the RSCDS. The Scottish Dancing Dictionary hints that the dance developed in the early 19th century.

The Scottish movement termed "petronella" is more complex than that used in contra dances. It is not a simple spin. In Scottish a pas-de-basque step is employed, and the movement is described here.

The animation plays at 120 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance is slowed down so people can learn the moves more readily. Men are drawn as rectangles, women as ellipses. Each couple is drawn in its own color, however the border of each dancer indicates what role they currently play so the border color may change each time through the minor set.

The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), cast, lead, petronella (and probably others).

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