Elsah Community Contra Dances

Second Saturdays in historic Farley's Music Hall in "downtown" Elsah, IL.

A great family activity! Kid-friendly dancing

kid friendlyCome dance in lovely Elsah, IL, less than an hour from the Monday Club.  It's a real community dance (though lots of St Louis dancers go to it).  Kids are welcome and encouraged!

FARLEY'S MUSIC HALL
37 Mill Street, Elsah, IL

6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

$8/adult, Kids are free. Donations to the Historic Elsah Society appreciated.  

Live Music, excellent callers

The Elsah Folk Dances generally take place on the second Saturday of each month. We are a family-friendly dance, so bring the kids and the whole family! These events are made possible by the Historic Elsah Foundation (HEF).

Folk Dance Schedule 2017

    • Singles welcomed and encouraged.
    • Couples welcomed and encouraged.
    • Families welcomed and encouraged.

May 6-7, 2017, This weekend is Elsah's Spring Festival! The village will be full of artists, vendors, walking tours, food merchants, and MAY POLE DANCING! That's right, folks, in the grass next to Farleys we will be having May Pole dances periodically throughout the day (pending no rain). For more information about the festival visit: http://www.escapetoelsah.com/elsah-spring-festival

Saturday, May 13, 2017 6:30pm - May Day Dance come dance at Farleys! There will be a May Pole and The Capering Roisters (St. Louis's Cotswold morris team) will be performing at the break. This is a dance you just can't afford to miss!

band: Martha Edwards, Joe Van Riper and Justin Blackburn
caller: Valerie Young

Special appearances by your local Morris teams. Come early for the May Pole!

FALL 2017 -  Just one dance this Fall!
 
Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 6:30-9:30pm
band: RogerWilco (Billy Boyer and Roger Netherton)
caller: Valerie Young

 

elsahmap smDirections to Farley's Music Hall:

Most of us take 367 North from 270. That turns into 67.

In Alton, 67 turns left.

Continue onto Route 100, the Great River Road.

Elsah is about 10 miles north of Alton - after you pass Lockhaven start looking for it on your right. It's easy to miss!

After you turn in to Elsah, take the right fork and follow Mill Street for a few blocks. After you pass over a small bridge, Farley's Music Hall is a rectangular building painted yellow-gold on the left.

If there is no parking in front of the building, go around the block to the parking in back. The shortest way is to turn around, then take the first right. If you don't like turning around, turn left at the first possible street, small though it be. You'll go over a one-lane bridge. Then turn left again.

Find the parking lot, park, and walk down the walkway over the stream to get to the front of the building.  

Google Calendar

Here's a Google Calendar of our dance events. You can subscribe to the calendar by clicking on the button at the bottom right. If you use Google Calendar for your own schedule, you can overlay this one on yours, turning it on or off when you want to check for conflicts. If you find this useful, and would like to see a similar calendar for dance weekends, write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Waltz Parties

Renior - the Dancers

Join us once a month as we dance waltzes and other social dances in a beautiful setting.  No partner or experience is necessary. Each evening consists of a one-hour workshop followed by two hours of dancing to live music.  About 2/3 of the dances are waltzes, with the others being a mix of polka, tango, schottisch, hambo or ragtime.  For $10, you can enjoy a dance lesson, two hours of live music, and refreshments.  Please wear or bring soft soled shoes.

The dances are held at the Monday Club, 37 S. Maple, in Webster Groves. Here's a map.

6-7pm Attend a Workshop
Each month we offer a dance lesson focusing on one of these dance styles: waltz, polka, tango, schottisch, hambo or ragtime. See below for the workshop schedule.

7-9pm    Dance to the music of the Halcyon Light Orchestra
The Halcyon Light Orchestra consists of five players, Martha Edwards on violin, Tim Hirzel on flute, Justus Matthews on clarinet, Kristin Graham on keyboard, Mike Brown on bass, plus guest artists. Guest artists have included Aileen Murphy, Paul Wexler, Ben Schreiber, Paul Stamler, Paul Ovaitt, Lisa Gilbert, and Chris Voelker.

Dance Schedule

Please note the Waltz Party is on the Sunday after the Third Saturday (because we always have a contra on the third Saturday). When the first of the month is on a Sunday, it pushes the Waltz Party to the fourth Sunday. It may be easier to remember that the Waltz Party is always on the third Sunday unless the 22nd of the month is a Sunday. If the 22nd is a Sunday, that's a Waltz Party night!

November 19, 2017

Workshop: Waltz
Leader: Fred Park

December 17, 2017

Workshop: Waltz
Leader: Bob Green and/or Lauren Peckman

January 21, 2018 Workshop: Waltz
Leader: Bob Green and/or Lauren Peckman
February 18, 2018 Workshop: Waltz
Leader: Bob Green and/or Lauren Peckman
March 18, 2018 Workshop: Waltz
Leader: Bob Green and/or Lauren Peckman
April 22, 2018 Workshop: Waltz
Leader: Bob Green and/or Lauren Peckman
May 20, 2018 Workshop: Waltz
Leader: Bob Green and/or Lauren Peckman

English Country Dance Schedule

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Childgrove English Country Dancers
Present a Dance Series in Saint Louis, Missouri, usually (but not always - check below!) on First Mondays and Third Fridays*

What is English Country Dancing?

English Country Dancing is an easy, fun, social dance done to live classical music. Although it has a long history, it is a very alive tradition, with new dances and music being written all the time.

On First Mondays, we have a "Learn to Dance English" event from 7-9pm. This is perfect for folks who are curious and would like to try the sort of dancing you've seen in those Jane Austen movies.  Experienced dancers are highly encouraged to come for the entire evening to help the new folks have a bunch of fun, then stay and enjoy a few more complex dances later in the evening.

We also have regular English Country dances with live music on third Fridays from 7:00-9:30pm with the occasional fancy dress ball (see the schedule) thrown in.  Everyone is welcome; all dances are taught and prompted; no partner is required; come alone or bring a friend. First-timers are encouraged to come early for the simpler dances that are taught earlier in the evening.

We dance in the Monday Club, a beautiful old building in Webster Groves (a most pleasant suburb of St. Louis, Missouri) with a wonderful dance space.

Wear comfortable clothes and comfortable (flat) shoes. We normally wear casual clothing at our regular dances, and dress up for the balls.

Upcoming Dances

Friday, December 15, 2017 7pm Yuletide Ball $15 (ask about discounts)

band:  Ben Schreiber and the Cosmic Otters
caller:  Peter Wollenberg, Mark Rice, Bob Green, Missy Reisenleiter, Karen Jackson and Martha Edwards

Monday January 8, 2018 7pm  Learn to Dance English (aka Plain and Fancy Dance) $5

music: recorded
caller: multiple

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.

 Friday January 19, 2017 7pm English Country Dance  $10 (ask about discounts)

band:  Tu'Penny Players
caller: MR2 (Mark Rice and Missy Reisenleiter)

Monday February 5, 2018 7pm  Learn to Dance English (aka Plain and Fancy Dance) $5

music: recorded
caller: multiple

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.

 Friday February 16, 2017 7pm English Country Dance  $10 (ask about discounts)

band:  Tu'Penny Players
caller: TBA

Past English Dances in 2017

Monday January 2, 2017 7pm  Learn English Dance $5

music: recorded
caller: multiple

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.

Friday January 20, 2017 7pm English Country Dance  $10 (ask about discounts)

band:  Tu'Penny Players
caller: Bob Green and Zoe Quinn

Monday February 6, 2017 7pm   Learn English Dance $5

music: recorded
caller: multiple

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.

George Washington dancingFriday February 17, 2017 7pm English Country Dance -  Presidents' Ball  $15 (ask about discounts)

band:  Tu'Penny Players
caller: Missy Reisenleiter, Mark Rice, Peter Wollenberg and Bob Green

Period attire admired, but not required!

 

 
Monday March 6, 2017 7pm  Learn English Dance $5

music: recorded    caller: multiple

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.

Friday March 17, 2017 7pm English Country Dance  $10 (ask about discounts)

band:  Tu'Penny Players
caller: Keith Tuxhorn

Monday April 3, 2017 7pm  Learn English Dance $5

music: recorded
caller: multiple

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.

Friday April 21, 2017 7pm English Country Dance  $10 (ask about discounts)

band:  Tu'Penny Players
caller: MR-Squared – Missy Reisenleiter and Mark Rice

Monday May 1, 2017 7pm  Learn English Dance $5

music: recorded
caller: multiple

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.

Friday May 19, 2017 7pm English Country Dance  $10 (ask about discounts)

band:  Tu'Penny Players
caller: Ladies' Night Out with Missy Reisenleiter and Karen Jackson

Sunday May 28, 2017 10:00AM English Country Dance Workshop at Meet Me in St Louis Dance Weekend Meet Me in St Louis Dance Weekend $7

band:  Wild Rumpus
caller: Bob Green, Missy Reisenleiter and Mark Rice

Monday June 5, 2017 7pm  Learn English Dance $5

music: recorded
caller: multiple

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.

 

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Friday, June 16, 2017 7pm  Midsummer Night's Ball $15

band:  Tu'Penny Players
caller: Dr. John Ramsay

This is a dress-up ball, and we encourage you to come dressed as your favorite Shakespeare character.  No one has yet come as Bottom the Weaver when he is transformed into a donkey, but we keep hoping... Download a flyer here.

 

Monday July 3, 2017 7pm  Learn English Dance $5

music: recorded
caller: multiple

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.

Friday July 21, 2017 7pm English Country Dance  $10 (ask about discounts)

band:  Tu'Penny Players
caller: Jonathan Sivier
 

Monday August 7, 2017 7pm  Learn English Dance $5

music: recorded
caller: multiple

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.

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

band:  Tu'Penny Players
caller: Nick Rockstroh

Monday September 4, 2017 NO Learn to Dance English CANCELLED

Friday, September 15, 2017 7pm English Country Dance  $10 (ask about discounts)

band:  Tu'Penny Players
caller: Tom Hurlbut

hamilton b 01 smallLadies at PlayFriday, September 1 - Sunday, September 3, 2017 - High Tea English Country Dance Weekend

High Tea brings the incredible caller Bruce Hamilton to town again, and guess who else!  The Ladies at Play!  (Please note: this event is Sold Out!)

 
 
 
 
 
Monday October 2, 2017 at 7pm  Learn to Dance English CANCELLED
 

Friday, October 20, 2017 7pm English Country Dance  $10 (ask about discounts)

band:  Tu'Penny Players
caller: Gentleman’s Night Out

Monday November 6, 2017 at 7pm  Learn to Dance English $5

music: recorded
caller: multiple

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.

Friday, November 17, 2017 7pm English Country Dance  $10 (ask about discounts)

band:  Tu'Penny Players
caller: TBA

Monday, December 4, 2017 at 7pm  Learn English Dance $5

music: recorded
caller: multiple

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.

Friday, December 15, 2017 7pm Yuletide Ball $15 (ask about discounts)

band:  Ben Schreiber and the Cosmic Otters
caller:  Local callers

Callers Choice Dances

First Saturday Open Calling Contra Dance


Adina Gordon choosing dances.

A Callers Choice Dance is a Contra Dance featuring open calling. Anyone can apply to call one or more dances at a Callers Choice dance (just send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). It's usually pretty much a straight contra dance, though the callers reserve the right (the "choice") to call whatever they agree is okay to call.  Callers Choice dances tend to be really fun - the multiple voices add interest, and, since several of our callers are also kick-ass dance writers, new dances (after being vetted at Calling Parties) often make their first public appearance at these dances. 

The Callers' Choice dances are on 1st Saturdays from 8:00-11:00 p.m. at the Monday Club, 37 S. Maple Avenue, Webster Groves, MO. Free basics workshop at 7:40pm. Admission sliding scale $7-$10, Under 30 $5. 

Anyone can request a spot by writing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Just be prepared to talk him into it.

Upcoming dances in 2017

  • January 7, 2017
  • February 4, 2017
  • March Callers Choice Dance cancelled - we're all going to Chance Dance in Cape Girardeau
  • April 1, 2017 Hmm...April Fool's Day. What could go wrong?
  • May 6, 2017
  • June 3, 2017
  • July 1, 2017
  • August 5, 2017
  • September Callers Choice Dance cancelled - it's the High Tea weekend, and there's an English Ball that night - come!
  • October 7, 2017 Special Free Dance - it's Jim Hemphill and Mariah Fabry's 25th wedding anniversary, and Billy Boyer and Roger Netherton are playing!
  • November 4, 2017
  • December 2, 2017

Check the Dance Schedule page for details.

 

Past dances in 2016

  • January 2, 2016
  • February 6, 2016
  • March 5, 2016
  • April 2, 2016
  • May 7, 2016
  • June 4, 2016
  • July 2, 2016
  • August 6, 2016
  • September 3, 2016
  • October 1, 2016
  • November 5, 2016
  • December 3, 2016

Past dances in 2015

  • January 3, 2015, music by Roger Netherton and Friends
  • February 7, 2015, music by The Coffee Zombies, from Louisville and Indianapolis
  • March 7, 2015, music by the Mound City Slickers
  • April 4, 2015, music by Ragged Robin
  • May 2, 2015, music by Ladies at Play from Oklahoma City (and we're celebrating Larry and Carol's wedding!)
  • June 6, 2015, music by Roger Netherton and Friends
  • July 11, 2015, music by Ragged Robin
  • August 1, 2015, music by Ragged Robin
  • September 5, 2015, cancelled
  • October 3, 2015, music by Ragged Robin
  • November 7, 2015, music by Ragged Robin
  • December 5, 2015, music by Ragged Robin

Past dances in 2014

  • February 1, 2014 
  • March 1, 2014
  • April 5, 2014
  • May, 2014
  • June, 2014
  • July, 2014
  • August, 2014
  • September 6, 2014 

    6:30pm Family Dance with Ragged Robin
    8:00pm Callers Choice Dance

    October 4, 2014

    6:30pm Family Dance
    8:00pm Callers Choice Dance

    November 1, 2014

    6:30pm Family Dance
    8:00pm Callers Choice Dance

    December 6, 2014

    6:30pm Family Dance
    8:00pm Callers Choice Dance

Past dances in 2013

  • February 2, 2013 - Groundhog's Day (6 more weeks of Winter, or an Early Spring?)
  • March 2, 2013
  • April 5, 2013
  • May 4, 2013
  • June 1, 2013
  • July 6, 2013
  • August 3, 2013
  • September 7, 2013
  • October 5, 2013
  • November 2, 2013
  • December 7, 2013

Past dances in 2012

  • Feb 4, 2012 - Music from Roger Netherton and Friends
  • Mar 3, 2012 - Double Treble (Roger Netherton, Alice Sanvito and Rich Hibbs)
  • Apr 7, 2012 - Reel Women (Kristin Graham and Martha Edwards)
  • May 5, 2012 - Reel Women (Kristin Graham and Martha Edwards)
  • Jun 2, 2012 - Reel Women and the Jigelos (Kristin Graham, Ben Schreiber, Mike Brown and Martha Edwards)
  • Jul 7, 2012 - Reel Women and the Jigelos (Kristin Graham, Ben Schreiber and Martha Edwards)
  • Aug 4, 2012 - The Night Crawlers (Kristin Graham, Ted Vaszquez, Rich Hibbs)
  • Sep1, 2012 - No Callers Choice Dance - come to High Tea & Sarsaparilla instead
  • Oct 6, 2012 - Boney Goat Band
  • Nov 3, 2012 - Old Missouri (Roger Netherton and Rich Egan)
  • Dec 1, 2012 - The Lulus

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