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!

 

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Upcoming events

Sunday June 26, 2016 7pm (Workshop in the Basics at 6:30pm) Contra Dance $7

band: Mound City Slickers
caller: Gail Hintze

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 7pm Calling Party atat Bob and Martha's Read more...

Saturday, July 2, 2016 8pm (Workshop in the Basics at 7:30pm)  Callers Choice Dance $7

band: Ragged Robin (Bill Boyer and Friends)
caller: Multiple

Sunday July 3, 2016 7pm (Workshop in the Basics at 6:30pm) Contra Dance $7

band: Roger Netherton
caller: Mac McKeever

Monday July 4, 2016 - Plain and Fancy Dance moved to Monday, July 11, 2016 - See below!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 7pm Calling Party at Bob and Martha's Read more...

Sunday July 10, 2016 7pm (Workshop in the Basics at 6:30pm) Contra Dance $7

band: Sadie Hawkins Day
caller: Bob Green

Monday, July 11, 2016 7pm Plain and Fancy Dance (NOTE: This is a week later than usual!)

music: recorded
caller: multiple

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.

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:

  • 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.