Here are links to a few online articles that attempt to answer the question: "What is Contra Dance?" in various ways.
For a more visual approach, click on the dropdown for Contra Dance How To Videos.
- What is Contra Dance? by Gary Shapiro
- Contra Dance entry in Wikipedia, (focused on choreography and geometry of the dances, more than the social aspects)
- A Contra Dance Primer by Les Francey and Farrell Boyce, Hamilton (Ontario) Country Dancers
- Chattachoochie (Atlanta, GA) Country Dancers What is Contra Dancing? page. (There are also some links to instructional videos on this page.)
- Hands Four By Greg Rohde (article about personal history of getting into contra dance)