Here are a links to a few articles that provide an introduction to English Country Dance (ECD), including historical information, instruction on the basic figures, and comparisons to other styles of dance.
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- Elements of English Country Dance: Description of the basic dance figures in ECD, written by Hugh Stewart.
- English Country Dance and Its American Cousin: ECD and contra dance share some of the same historical roots. This article by Alan Winston describes those roots and how the two styles have changed over time.
- What Is English Country Dancing?: another discussion of the question, written by Linda Repasky and modified by Alan Winston. Includes links to a range of other ECD-related materials online.