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

Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018 at 7-9pm New Regional Contra Dance in Wentzville! $7

Come support Cynthia Welch and her committee, which have put together a new dance series on fifth Saturdays at the Wentzville Community Club, 500 W. Main St. (6:30pm Beginner Class). Come help spread the contra experience - and make new friends! 

Here's a flyer.

band: Ragged Robin (Billy Boyer and Martha Edwards)
caller: Bob Green

Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $8

band: Three Crooked Men
caller: Sarah Kaiser

Monday October 1, 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.

Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 7-10pm Callers Choice Dance $8

band: Roger Netherton and Friends
callers: Multiple

Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 7pm Contra Dance $8

band: Root Diggers
caller: Dale Wilson

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 7pm Calling Party / Dance Party at Bob and Martha's house, directions here.

Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 7pm Contra Dance $8

band: MO Possum Tamers
caller: Wade Pearson

Friday, October 19, 2018 at 7-9:30pm English Country Dance $10 (ask about discounts)

band: Cloud Nine (Martha Edwards and Tim Lilly) with Justus Matthews
callers: Keith Tuxhorn from Springfield, IL

Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 7pm Contra Dance $8

band: Euphoria
caller: Mac McKeever

Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 7-9pm Waltz Party (Vintage Couples Dances) $10 (ask about discounts)

band: Halcyon Light Orchestra
workshop leader: Bob Green or Lauren Peckman

Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 7pm Contra Dance $8

band: Roadkill Ramblers
caller: Ted Steele

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.