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.

Upcoming Dances

PLEASE NOTE: You will need to purchase a $20 ticket for the New Year's Eve Dance VERY SOON.  This dance sells out!

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.

Upcoming Dances

PLEASE NOTE: You will need to purchase a $20 ticket for the New Year's Eve Dance VERY SOON.  This dance sells out!

Sunday, November 25, 2018 at 7pm Contra Dance $8

band:: Dugout Canoe
caller: Wade Pearson

Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 7-10pm Callers Choice Dance $8

band: Rambling Rosies (Ellen Gomez on fiddle, Amanda Jokerst on banjo, Anne Williamson on bass and Alyssa Catlin on guitar)
callers: Multiple

Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 7pm Contra Dance $8

band: The Short List
caller: Ted Steele

Monday December 3, 2018 7pm  Learn to Dance English (aka Plain and Fancy Dance) $5

music: recorded
caller: multiple

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 - we'll do some more complex dances later in the evening.

Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 7pm Contra Dance $8

band: Hogtied
caller:  Abigail Hobart

Wednesday December 12, 2018, 7pm Calling Party / Birthday Party at Bob and Martha's house, directions here. It's the day after Martha's 75th birthday and Bob may be planning special things, ya never know...

Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 7pm Contra Dance $8

band: Stringdancer (Martha Edwards, Pam Carson Stoll, David Kirchner, Fred Stoll with Bill Boyer)
caller: Bob Green

Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 3-4:30pm Family Dance
kids $3, adults $5, family max $16, dance angels free

band: Stringdancer and Friends
caller: TBA

Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 7-9pm Waltz Party (Vintage Couples Dances) $10 (ask about discounts)

band: Stringdancer and Friends
workshop leader: Bob Green or Lauren Peckman

Friday December 21 2018 7pm YULETIDE BALL  $15 (ask about discounts)

band:  Nice Surprise
caller: wonderful local callers

Sunday, December 23, 2018 at 7pm Contra Dance $8

band: Roger Wilco (Roger Netherton and Billy Boyer)
caller: Jim Hemphill

Sunday, December 30, 2018NO Contra Dance tonight!
We'll see you tomorrow night, New Year's Eve - if, of course, you have already bought a ticket! (It sells out.)

Monday, December 31, 2018 NEW YEAR'S EVE DANCE

band: Martha Edwards and Surprise Guests
caller: Wonderful local callers

More dances...

Location of our Regular Dances

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

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.