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!

PLEASE NOTE: As of July 20, 2017, the High Tea English Country Dance Weekend is SOLD OUT!  Occasionally, however, there are cancellations, so if you like to come, let us know and we'll put you on the waiting list. 

Upcoming Dances

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 7pm Calling Party at Bob and Martha's

NOTE: From July to September 2017, Ladue Road is CLOSED at New Ballas. Click here for the easy way to get to the Calling Party.

Friday August 18, 2017 at 7pm English Country Dance  $10 (ask about discounts)

band:  Tu'Penny Players
caller: Nick Rockstroh

Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 7pm Contra Dance $7

band: Meadowhawk
caller: Sarah Káiser

Sunday, August 20, 2017 at 7pm Waltz Party (Free lesson in the Basics 6-6:50pm) $10

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

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 7pm Calling Party at Bob and Martha's

NOTE: From July to September 2017, Ladue Road is CLOSED at New Ballas. Click here for the easy way to get to the Calling Party.

Sunday, August 27, 2017 at 7pm Contra Dance $7

band: Ellen Gomez & Friends
caller: Bob Green

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 7pm Calling Party at Bob and Martha's

NOTE: From July to September 2017, Ladue Road is CLOSED at New Ballas. Click here for the easy way to get to the Calling Party.

Friday, September 1 - Sunday, September 3, 2017 - High Tea English Country Dance Weekend (SOLD OUT - but you might be able to get on the Waiting List)

High Tea brings the incredible caller Bruce Hamilton to town again, and guess who else!  The Ladies at Play

Read more here,

Saturday, September 2, 2017  NO Callers Choice Dance CANCELLED

The High Tea Weekend has its Ball on Saturday night. It's SOLD OUT, but let us know if you'd like to be put on the waiting list.

Sunday, September 3, 2017, at 7pm Contra Dance $7

band: Ladies at Play
caller: Andrea Nettleton and Friends

Monday, September 4, 2017 NO Plain and Fancy Dance CANCELLED

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.