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Contredanse

 

an English folk dance that developed in the 17th and 18th centuries. It later became popular in other European countries as a ball dance and was replaced in the 19th century by the quadrille.

The contredanse originally had one figure and then five or six; it is written in 2/4 or 6/8 time. John Playford was the first to write arrangements of the contredanse in the dance collection English Dancing Master (1651). As a musical form, the contredanse was used by such composers as Mozart, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky.

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Contredance (Gr1), Skimble (Gr2; dam of Gr1 winner Skimming), Shotiche (Gr3), Nimble Feet (dam of Gr2 winner Eltish) and Flit (dam of Classic winner Wince, herself dam of Gr1 winner Quiff).
Sire of 24 crops of racing age, including Gr1 winners: Chief's Crown (x8), Contredance, Stephan's Odyssey (x2), Danzig Connection (x2), Green Desert, Lotka, Polish Navy (x3), Polonia, Qualify, Danehill, One Of A Klein, Polish Precedent (x2), Shaadi (x2), Adjudicating (x2), Dayjur (x3), Dance Smartly, Polish Patriot, Versailles Treaty (x4), Easy Now, Furiously, Hamas, Lure (x3), Petit Loup, Pine Bluff, Dispute (x4), Maroof, Strolling Along, Tribulation, Zieten, Anabaa (x2), Langfuhr (x3), Yamanin Paradise in Japan, Blue Duster, Elnadim, Military, Pas De Reponse, Yashmak, Agnes World (x2), Golden Snake (x4), Mujahid, Brahms, War Chant, Ad Valorem (x2), Librettist (x2), Astronomer Royal.
His first crop of just 29 foals included the US champion juvenile Chief's Crown and Grade 1 winners Contredance and Stephan's Odyssey.
b f Contredance (ex Nimble Folly, by Cyane) Gr1, Gr2
two-year-olds Chief's Crown (named champion juvenile), Contredance and Stephan's Odyssey, plus two other Graded winners.