Family Dance

All are welcome: young and old, new dancers and experienced ones! Bring yourself and your children or grandchildren. We call simple, fun dances anyone can do to live music.  All of the dances are designed so that children who are uncomfortable dancing with people they don't know yet can stay with the person they chose to dance with - a parent, grandparent or friend. 

DO I HAVE TO KNOW HOW?  No prior experience is necessary to enjoy the dance.  All of the dances are taught and walked through, and when the music plays, the caller continues to prompt the dances. There is usually much laughter and fun, and "mistakes" are treated as a part of that fun.

WHO: Children and adults of all ages are welcome.  We've seen 4-year-olds who get awfully good at this, but it's probably better for children age 6 and up. We choose dances that are fun for kids to do with their parents or each other, so please come prepared to join in!

WHEN: The Family Dance is from 3:00-4:30pm on Sunday, February 4, 2018.  Here's the FACEBOOK EVENT.

WHERE: The Monday Club at 37 South Maple in Webster Groves.

FEE:

  • Children, $3 each
  • Adults accompanied by children, $5 each
  • Families - maximum $16
  • Unaccompanied Adults: $7 (includes the Contra Dance at 7pm that night)

 

 

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.

Upcoming Dances

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!

Friday, December 15, 2017 at 7-9:30pm English Country Dance Yuletide Ball  $15 (ask about discounts)

band:  Cosmic Otters with Ben Schreiber
callers: Multiple

Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7

band: Cosmic Otters with Ben Schreiber
caller: Lauren Peckman

Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 7-9pm Waltz Party (Free lesson in the Basics 6-6:50pm) $10

band: Ragged Robin with Ben Schreiber
workshop leader: Lauren Peckman

Sunday, December 24, 2017 No Dance

Sunday, December 31, 2017, at 8pm-1am NEW YEAR'S EVE DANCE

band: Ladies Rocking Out (Shanda MacDonald and Martha Edwards)
callers: multiple

Monday, January 1, 2018 NEW YEAR'S BRUNCH - place and time TBD

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.

 

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If you have a question, or there's something we can do to fix things, let us know!  Contact Mac McKeever at 636-537-1643 or Martha Edwards at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we'll see what we can do.

Fundraising Quilt Raffle!

OK - the dust has settled, and the winners have been drawn!!  BOTH quilts were won by women named "Anne" -- and both are from Illinois! What are the odds!?!?

The Marsha Bray, "Windmills in Autumn," quilt will be going to Anne Robin, from Champaign, IL. Karen hopes to deliver it the last weekend in Sept., at a Barn Dance weekend in the "Chambana" area...

The Stephanie Sappington, "Squared Silk Ties" quilt, won by Anne Jones, is being given back to Karen, to re-raffle for Julie's benefit at a future time that feels appropriate!! Woo hoo!"

The total brought in from ticket sales and donations was a whopping $2800!! (This community ROCKS!!) AND - with that amount being doubled by another "anonymous donor," as a "matching grant," the grand total going to Julie and her needs will *actually* be $5600!! How awesome is that?!?! This means that we've pre-paid for Julie's E-stim therapy bike, as well as the packing, shipping, unpacking and setting up of same, as WELL as some money to go directly into her trust to be used as needed. Karen has plans to deliver "the goods" to Julie on September 20, 2012.

Yay, dancers!! :)

 A Bit of Background

 Our dear friend Julie Carman, from the Carbondale area, was involved in a terrible car accident last year which left her unable to walk or use her fingers.  She's been working hard to do everything possible to regenerate the nerve connections that will allow her to have as close to a normal life as she can, and amazingly, she's maintained her fabulous, luminescent spirit through all these trials.

There was hardly any insurance coverage to help her out - not her own, and not the other driver's.

She's found a piece of equipment that may help her rejuvenate her muscles, one of a type that had helped her before. It's a used one, but it still costs several thousand dollars, which would put a huge dent in her trust fund, so the dance community is doing what it can to help her raise the money.

Marsha Bray and Stephanie Sappington donated the beautiful quilts that were raffled off.  Marsha made the quilt she donated, and Stephanie's mother and grandmother worked together to make the other one, largely out of silk ties!  The drawing was on Sept. 15, 2012, at the Monday club.

The raffle is now over, but the opportunity to help Julie is not!   As you can imagine, without health insurance, needed medical help can be simply unaffordable. 

You can make a direct donation to Julie's trust fund, using a check made out to "Julie Carman," or "Julie Carman Payback Trust,"  and mailed to her sister at:

Debbie Bach, Trustee
Julie Carman Payback Trust
209 Sugar Hill Road,
Ava, IL 62907.

Thank You

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Happy Dancing!