The term “rune” comes from a Gothic word meaning “secret”. Members of early Germanic tribes associated runes with secrecy or mystery because few people understood the inscriptions. Runic characters were probably first used by pagan priests in making charms and magic spells. The characters were also scratched on coins, jewelry, monuments, and slabs of stone or wood. The earliest runes consisted almost entirely of straight lines, arranged singly or in combinations of forms. Later runes had more complex forms.
Dance-A-Runi’s contra runes are a creative effort to depict the dance moves visually, and in some cases, symbolically. Designed by Jo Mortland, they most often represent the trajectory of the dancers as they execute a move, as if seen from above.
Here are a few samples: