How did the country dance get its name and Where does the term country-dance come from?

Attempts have been made to give the term country-dance a French background, insisting that it was first the contre-danse of French, Italian, or Spanish origin.

Such is not so. It was the other way round.

Those dances were eighteenth-century adaptations from the English country-dances.

It is not known when nor in what part of England these folk dances originated, but they were certainly much older than the earliest printed record of late sixteenth century.

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