We have dancing ... from soon after sundown until a few minutes after nine o’clock.... Occasionally the boys who play the female partners in the dances exercise their ingenuity in dressing to look as girlish as possible. In the absence of lady duds they use leaves, and the leaf-clad beauties often look very pretty and always odd enough.
--Rutherford B. Hayes
Contra dance categorization
April 29, 2004

Here's an interesting thread on rec.folk-dancing, dealing with categorizing contra (and other) dances. Someone has a database of contra dances (this sounds familiar, I have one also), and is looking for a way to find "similar" dances within the database. Check it out: Characterizing Contra Dances.

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