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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!

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Upcoming events

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 7pm Calling Party at Bob and Martha's Read more...

Saturday, April 1, 2017 7pm  (Workshop in the Basics at 6:30pm)  Callers Choice Dance $7

band: Roger Netherton and Billy Boyer
callers: Multiple

Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 7pm Contra Dance $7

band: Hogtied
caller: Debra Harpe

Monday, April 3, 2017 at 7pm Learn to dance English at the Plain and Fancy Dance $5

music: recorded
caller: multiple

Note: the dance from 7-8:15 features easier, community-style dances. 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, April 5, 2017 at 7pm Calling Party at Bob and Martha's Read more...

Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 7pm Contra Dance $7

band: 3 Crooked Men
caller: Bob Green

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 7pm Calling Party at Bob and Martha's Read more...

Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 7pm Contra Dance $7

band: Campeau Creek Boys
caller: Lisa Harris

Sunday, April 16, 2017 7pm Waltz Party (Free lesson in the Basics 6-6:50pm) $10

band: Halcyon Light Orchestra
workshop: Bob Green and/or Lauren Peckman

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.