Dr. Bob's Random Contra Dances

Generate a Random Contra Dance. Currently only generates improper dances.
(This is now version 1.1.)

I've moved the fancier stuff to another page, including the old generator and the ability to recreate a dance from its number.

As of Spring 2001, Prof. Donna Jo Napoli, Prof. and Chair of Linguistics, Swarthmore College, will be using this Random Contra Dance generator in her class Linguistics 57: Movement and Cognition (cross-listed as Math 007 and Dance 076). Cool, huh?!

I've started a Random Contra Hall of Fame for interesting randomly generated dances. Feel free to send me the dance and version number of interesting ones you find.

Here are several explanations of what contra dances are.
Here are some good (human-written) contra dances. And some more dances. And even more.

Here's a mathematician's view of contra dancing.
(If you're not (yet) a contra dancer, don't be scared by this; no one thinks about the stuff described here while dancing.)

These days, there are contra dances all over the country, including Pittsburgh.
They are also a major topic of conversation on the rec.folk-dancing newsgroup.

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Bob Frederking, ref+@cs.cmu.edu
http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~ref/random-contras.html