A Graph-Theoretic Approach to the Analysis of Contra Dances

Matthew Thomas and Crystal Peebles
Proceedings of Bridges 2016: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Education, Culture (2016)
Pages 285–292 Regular Papers


Contra dance is an American folk dance comprised of combinations dance moves announced by a caller, similar to those of square dance. Because of their structured nature, we propose a new approach that considers these dances as paths through a directed multigraph. In this paper, we describe the motivation and construction of this extensible approach.