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 Dance

Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 7-9pm Waltz Party (Free lesson in the Basics 6-6:50pm) $10

band: The Halcyon Light Orchestra
workshop leader:  Bob Green - SPECIAL CLASS: Bob will be leading a first-timer's class in the Mazurka, a wonderful Vintage dance!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 7pm Calling Party at Bob and Martha's Read more...

Sunday, October 29, 2017, at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7

band: Bony Goat String Band
caller: Ted Steele

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 7pm Calling Party at Bob and Martha's Read more...

Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 7-10pm Callers Choice Dance $7

band: Ragged Robin (Billy Boyer and Friends)
callers: multiple

Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7

band:  Volo Bogtrotters
Caller Mac McKeever

Monday November 6, 2017 at 7-9pm  Learn English Dance $5

music: recorded
caller: multiple

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 7pm Calling Party at Bob and Martha's Read more...

Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 7pm Contra Dance $7

band: Rare Privilege - wonderful band from Iowa
caller: Jim Hemphill

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 7pm Calling Party at Bob and Martha's Read more...

Friday, November 17, 2017 79:30pm English Country Dance  $10 (ask about discounts)

band:  Tu'Penny Players
caller:  Zoë Quinn

Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7

band: Dugout Canoé
caller: Fred  Park

Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 7-9pm Waltz Party (Free lesson in the Basics 6-6:50pm) $10

band: The Halcyon Light Orchestra
workshop leader:  Fred Park

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.