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.
NOTE: The weekly Calling Parties have been discontinued! There will, however, be occasional special event Calling Parties, which will be announced at dances, as well as here on the Childgrove website, on Facebook and Childgrove Discussions. Stay tuned!
Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 7-9pm Waltz Party (Free workshop in the Basics 6pm) $10
band: The Halcyon Light Orchestra
workshop leader: Fred Park, renowned teacher of traditional dances, will teach this special workshop.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017 Calling Party CANCELLED
Friday, November 24, 2017 4:00pm Backing Up Thanksgiving at Bob and Martha's house. Potluck dinner. Turkey and Cranberry Pie provided.
Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7
band: Ellen Gomez
caller: Bob Green
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 Calling Party CANCELLED
Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 7-10pm Callers Choice Dance $7
band: Ragged Robin (Billy Boyer and Friends)
Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7
band: Root Diggers
caller: Ted Steele
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 Calling Party CANCELLED
Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7
band: Roger Netherton
caller: Jim Hemphill
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.