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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!

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, April 21, 2018 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7

band:  Campeau Creek Boys
caller: Lisa Harris

Sunday April 22, 2018 at 7-10pm Waltz Party (Vintage Couples Dances) $10
         Free workshop at 6pm

band: Halcyon Light Orchestra
workshop leader: Bob Green

Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7

band: Root Digger
caller: Jim Hemphill

Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 7-10pm Callers Choice Dance $7

band: Boney Goat String Band
caller: Multiple

Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 3-4:30pm Family Dance $3-$5
         Read more about the Family Dance here.

band: TBA
callers: TBA

Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7

band: Countercurrent, from the fine state of Washington
caller: Michael Hamilton, from the superfine state of Ohio

Monday, May 7, 2018 at 7-9:30pm Learn to Dance English (aka Plain and Fancy Dance) $5

band: recorded music
caller: multiple

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 7pm Calling Party / Dance Party at Bob and Martha's house, directions here.

Sunday, May 13,  2018 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7

band: Martha Edwards and Friends
caller: Bob Green

Friday, May 18, 2018 at 7-9:30pm English Country Dance $10

band: Tu'Penny Players
caller: Zoë Quinn

Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7

band: Chirps Smith, Jim Nelson
caller: Mac McKeever

Sunday May 20, 2018 at 7-9pm Waltz Party (Vintage Couples Dances) $10

band: Halcyon Light Orchestra
workshop leader: Bob Green

Friday, May 25 to Monday, May 28, 2018 MEET ME IN ST LOUIS (St Louis Contra Dance weekend)

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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.