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: As of May 12, 2018, the HIGH TEA English Country Dance weekend in September is SOLD OUT! Wow!
Sunday May 20, 2018 at 7-9pm Waltz Party (Couples Dances) $10
band: Halcyon Light Orchestra with Roger Netherton
workshop leader: Lauren Peckman
Friday, May 25 to Monday, May 28, 2018 MEET ME IN ST LOUIS (St Louis Contra Dance weekend)
This is a big deal. Check it out!
Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 7-10pm Callers Choice Dance $7
band: John and Libby
Sunday June 3, 2018 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7
band: Three Crooked Men
caller: Wade Pearson
Monday, June 4, 2018 at 7-9:30pm Learn to Dance English (aka Plain and Fancy Dance) $5
band: recorded music
Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7
band: Ellen Gomez
caller: Keith Tuxhorn
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 7pm Calling Party / Dance Party at Bob and Martha's house, directions here.
Friday, June15, 2018 at 7-9:30pm English Country Dance $10
band: TuPenny Players
caller: Tom Hurlbut from Muscatine, IA
Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7
band: Hoosier Crackerjacks
caller: Tamara Lowenthal
Sunday June 17 at 7-9pm Waltz Party (Vintage Couples Dances) $10
band: Halcyon Light Orchestra
workshop leader: Bob Green
Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7
band: Roger Wilco
caller: Sarah Kaiser
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.