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!
Thanks to everyone who made the 2017 High Tea English Country Dance Weekend a marvelous success! Read more here.
Sunday, September 24, 2017, at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7
band: Roger Netherton
caller: John Coffman
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 7pm Calling Party at Bob and Martha's Read more...
NOTE: From July to September 2017, Ladue Road is CLOSED at New Ballas. Click here for the easy way to get to the house.
Sunday, October 1, 2017, at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7
band: Snorty Horse
caller: Dale Wilson
Monday October 2, 2017 at 7pm Learn English Dance $5
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.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 7pm Calling Party at Bob and Martha's Read more...
Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 7-10pm Callers Choice Dance $7
band: Ragged Robin (Billy Boyer and friends)
Sunday, October 8, 2017, at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7
band: MO Possum Tamers
caller: Deborah Hyland
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 7pm Calling Party at Bob and Martha's Read more...
Sunday, October 15, 2017, at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7
band: Roger Netherton
caller: Wade Pearson
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 7pm Calling Party at Bob and Martha's Read more...
Friday, October 20, 2017, 7-9:30pm - English Country Dance $10 (ask about discounts)
band: Tu'Penny Players
caller: Gentleman’s Night Out
Saturday, October 21, 2017, at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7
caller: Karen Jackson
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: Martha Edwards (!)
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.