Childgrove Family Dance (on hiatus)

Alas, we have had to put the Family Dances on hiatus until further notice. Although the folks who came reported having a truly wonderful time, not enough of them showed up over time to cover expenses, and we've had to cancel them. If you, or anyone you know, would like to help us recruit families to come to the dances, we'd be more than delighted to start holding them again!

ABOUT THE FAMILY DANCES (when we held them)

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!


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


  • Children, $3 each
  • Adults, $5 each
  • Families - maximum $16
  • Dance Angels - free




Sunday, October 21, 2018 from 3:00-4:30pm - Family Dance.

band: Roger Netherton and Alyssa Caitlin
caller: Karen Jackson & Mac McKeever

 Sunday, November 18, 2018 from 3:00-4:30pm - Family Dance.

band: Cloud Nine (Tim Lilly on harp, Martha Edwards on fiddle)
caller: Bob Green and Karen Jackson

Upcoming Dances

PLEASE NOTE: You will need to purchase a $20 ticket for the New Year's Eve Dance VERY SOON.  This dance sells out!

Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 7pm Contra Dance $8

band: Hogtied
caller:  Abigail Hobart

Wednesday December 12, 2018, 7pm Calling Party / Birthday Party at Bob and Martha's house, directions here. It's the day after Martha's 75th birthday and Bob may be planning special things, ya never know...

Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 7pm Contra Dance $8

band: Stringdancer (Martha Edwards, Pam Carson Stoll, David Kirchner, Fred Stoll with Bill Boyer)
caller: Bob Green

Sunday, December 16, 2018  Family Dance CANCELLED!
So sorry!  Attendance has been too low for us to continue to hold the Family Dance. If any of you would like to help re-instate it, let us know!

Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 7-9pm Waltz Party (Vintage Couples Dances) $10 (ask about discounts)

band: Stringdancer and Friends
workshop leader: Bob Green will teach American Tango

Friday December 21 2018 7pm YULETIDE BALL  $15 (ask about discounts)

band:  Ragged Robin (Martha Edwards, Billy Boyer and Friends)
caller: Jill Horn, Bob Green, Peter Wollenberg, and Karen Jackson

Sunday, December 23, 2018 at 7pm Contra Dance $8

band: Roger Wilco (Roger Netherton and Billy Boyer)
caller: Jim Hemphill

Saturday, December 29, 2018 - Community Dance in Wentzville, MO   read more here

band: Roger and the Nethertones
caller: Mac McKeever

Sunday, December 30, 2018NO Contra Dance tonight!
We'll see you tomorrow night, New Year's Eve - if, of course, you have already bought a ticket! (It sells out.)

Monday, December 31, 2018 NEW YEAR'S EVE DANCE

band: Martha Edwards and Surprise Guests
caller: Wonderful local callers

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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Can we help?

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.

Potluck Recipes

Kale Salad from Pish Hinton

1/2 bunch kale
1/8th cup of raw apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup hemp seeds
1/4 cup red star nutritional yeast
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp coriander
tablespoon olive oil

Slice kale in to thin strips and place in bowl
Add vinegar and salt and toss
Add hempseeds, cumin, coriander, and yeast and toss
And olive oil and toss

Another Version of Pish's Kale Salad - from Martha Edwards

Package of Kale from Trader Joe's
1/4 cup of olive oil
2 tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup hemp seeds
1/4 cup brewer's yeast - flaky kind
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp coriander
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup raisins (the fat ones from Trader Joes are recommended)

Take off the stems from the kale, tear any big pieces into bite-sized pieces.
Add olive oil and toss to coat kale
Add vinegar and toss to mix
Add hemp seeds, brewer's yeast, cumin, coriander and salt. Toss.
Add raisins, toss.  Put in pretty bowl. Fun to eat with chopsticks.