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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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Upcoming events:

Please note that you'll need tickets to come to the New Year's Eve Dance this year. They cost $20 and  are available only at Childgrove dances through November 22. After that, we'll let you know how else they can be obtained. Currently, over half the tickets have been sold.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at 7pm Calling Party at Bob and Martha's Read more...

Friday, November 27, 2015 at 4pm Backing Up Thanksgiving at Bob and Martha's house

This Thanksgiving / DayAfterThanksgiving / Potluck /CallingParty starts at 4:00 pm, but if you want to come earlier and help cook, great! If you feel insprired to contribute, bring it on!

Dancing and music will almost assuredly break out at some point, so bring dance shoes and instruments. We do have a keyboard, a guitar and an upright piano on hand.

Sunday, November 29, 2015 7pm Contra Dance $7

band: Seitz & Blackford
caller: Ted Steele

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


  • 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.