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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!
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On Wednesdays, there is a Calling Party at Bob and Martha's unless we announce otherwise here. All dancers and callers, especially beginning dancers, are invited to attend.
No partner or experience is needed for any of our dances.
Sunday March 29, 2015 8pm Contra Dance with Roger Netherton and Friends, Ted Steele calling
Saturday April 4, 2015 Family Dance
6:30-7:30pm $7/person, or $5 if accompanied by a child; $3 per child up to a maximum of $16 per family.
Multiple callers with Ragged Robin
This dance is sponsored jointly by the Waldorf School of St. Louis and Childgrove. All are welcome: young and old, new dancers and experienced ones! Bring yourself and your children or grandchildren. We'll call simple, fun dances anyone can do to live music. If you feel up to it, stay for the Callers Choice at no extra charge.
Saturday, April 4, 2015 8pm Callers Choice Dance $7
Multiple callers with Ragged Robin
7:30 Workshop 8-10:30pm Dance. $7 (no extra charge if you paid for the Family Dance)
Sunday April 5, 2015 7pm Contra Dance
band: Steam from Manhattan, KS
Monday, April 6, 2015 Plain & Fancy English Dance $5
Recorded music, open calling
Note: the dance from 7-8:30 features easier, community-style dances. If you are new to English, or new to dancing, this is for you! Experienced dancers are encouraged to come to help the newer dancers, then stay for some more complex dances after 8:30pm.
Wednesday April 8, 2015 at 7pm Calling Party at Bob and Martha's Read more...
Sunday April 12, 2015 7pm Contra Dance $7
band: Blackford & Seitz
caller: Wade Pearson
Wednesday April 15, 2015 at 7pm Calling Party at Bob and Martha's Read more...
Friday April 17, 2015 8pm English Country Dance $7
band: Tu'Penny Players
caller: Jonathan Sivier from Champaign-Urbana, IL
Saturday April 18, 2015 Contra Dance $7
band: Campeau Creek Boys
caller: Lisa Harris
Sunday April 19, 2015 7pm Waltz Party
band: Halcyon Light Orchestra
Wednesday April 22, 2015 at 7pm Calling Party at Bob and Martha's Read more...
Sunday April 26, 2015 7pm Contra Dance
band: Folk School
caller: Karen Jackson
Wednesday April 29, 2015 at 7pm Calling Party at Bob and Martha's Read more...
Location: the Monday Club in 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.