This Sounds Like Fun
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!
Recent News Article Featuring Childgrove
Here's a link to an article on Childgrove's English dances from the South County Times in July of 2017. Enjoy!
Here's a link to a TV show about Childgrove Contra Dance from HECTV in September of 2017.
Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7
band: Snorty Horse
caller: Mac Mckeever
Sunday July 22, 2018 at 7-9pm Waltz Party (Vintage Couples Dances) $10
band: Halcyon Light Orchestra
workshop leader: Bob Green (basic waltz + pivots & hesitation moves)
Sunday, July 29, 2018 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7
band: Boney Goats
caller: Jim Hemphill
Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 7-10pm Callers Choice Dance $7
band: Three Crooked Men
Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7
band: Sadie Hawkins Day
caller: John Coffman
Monday, August 6, 2018 at 7-9:30pm Learn to Dance English (aka Plain and Fancy Dance) $5
band: recorded music
Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 7pm Calling Party / Dance Party at Bob and Martha's house, directions here.
Sunday, August 12, 2018 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7
band: The Young & The Fretless
caller: Dale Wilson
Friday, August 17, 2018 at 7-9:30pm English Country Dance $10
band: Ragged Robin
callers: Nicholas Rockstroh from Louisville, KY
Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7
band: Lucas Simpson, Aaron Albrecht, Rich Egan
caller: Gail Hintze
Sunday August 19, 2018 at 7-9pm Waltz Party (Vintage Couples Dances) $10
band: Halcyon Light Orchestra
workshop leader: Bob Green (basic waltz + polka styles)
Sunday, August 26, 2018 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7
band: 32 Bartenders
caller: Jim Thaxter
Friday evening, August 31 to Sunday afternoon, September 2, 2018 High Tea English Weekend - SOLD OUT!
band: The Ladies@Play with Martha Edwards
caller: Gene Murrow from New York City
See the High Tea Web Page for more info...
PLEASE NOTE that the Saturday evening September 1, 2018 Callers Choice Dance is CANCELLED for High Tea - however, you are most welcome to come to the Sunday Afternoon, September 2, 2018 at 2:30pm Calling Workshop Dance, where there will be multiple callers. ($5)
Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7
band: Ladies@Play with Martha Edwards
caller: Bob Green & Andrea Nettleton
Location of our Regular Dances
the Monday Club in Webster Groves, MO
Directions to our regular dances at 37 S Maple 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.