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What Kind of Dance is This? What Do I Need to Know?

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Contra Dance and English Country Dance are communal style folk dances that are fun and easy to learn. No partner or experience is necessary. A caller leads the dancers though a series of moves, and the pattern repeats. If you can walk, you can dance. 

Do I need to bring a partner?

No. Most people come without partners. Since it's a communal dance, most people change partners after each dance.

What if I've never done this before and have no idea what I'm doing?

You're in for a treat. You'll find a style of dance where it's more important to have fun than do it “right”, where people are friendly and welcoming and glad to help you.

A 30-minute workshop is held before the dance to introduce you to the basics. We dance simpler dances at the beginning of the evening, so coming early is the easiest way to learn!

Welcome to St Louis Contra Dancing

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Many of you are aware that one of our long-time dancers, David Keller, died recently. We've put up a memorial page for David, and invite you to send your comments to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Childgrove Discussions.

Upcoming events:

This Wednesday, April 22, 2015, the Calling Party is moved to Mac McKeever's house. We're meeting and talking with David Keller's family to share our condolences and reminiscences of David, to let them how important he was to us. There will be a potluck dinner at 6pm (bring something!) and a dance/calling party on the deck afterwards if it doesn't rain. Bring an instrument if you'd like to play!

No partner or experience is needed for any of our dances.

Wednesday April 22, 2015 at 6pm Calling Party at Mac & Marsha's Read more...

Sunday April 26, 2015 7pm  Contra Dance

band: Folk School Wall O' Sound
caller: Karen Jackson

Wednesday April 29, 2015 at 7pm Calling Party at Bob and Martha's Read more...

Saturday, May 2, 2015 NO FAMILY DANCE  (but see you next month!)

Saturday, May 2, 2015  8pm Callers Choice Dance 

Multiple callers with Ladies at Play from Oklahoma City
This is a Very Special Dance celebrating the wedding of Larry Boyer and Carol Clark

Location: the Monday Club in Webster Groves, MO

Click here for a Google map of 37 S. Maple, Webster Groves, MO
Click here for a MapQuest map of 37 S. Maple, Webster Groves, MO


  • Take I-44 to Elm Ave (Exit 280).
  • Go North on Elm for a little less than a mile.
  • Turn Right on Lockwood (Stoplight) and go 1 block to Maple.
  • Turn Right on Maple (Hardware Store) and go 1 block.
  • The Monday Club is on your right, at the corner of Cedar and Maple.