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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

Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7

band: Roger Wilco (Roger Netherton and Billy Boyer)
caller: Sarah Kaiser

Sunday, July 1, 2018 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7

band: Mound City Slickers
caller: Fred Park

Monday, July 2, 2018 at 7-9:30pm Learn to Dance English (aka Plain and Fancy Dance) $5

band: recorded music
callers: 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.

Saturday, July 7, 2018 at 7-10pm Callers Choice Dance $7

band: Ragged Robin (Martha Edwards and Billy Boyer)
callers: Multiple

Sunday, July 8, 2018 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7

band: Scraphounds
caller: Kathy Coffman

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 7pm Calling Party / Dance Party at Bob and Martha's house, directions here.

Sunday, July 15, 2018 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7

band: Martha Edwards
caller: Lauren Peckman

Friday, July 20, 2018 at 7-9:30pm English Country Dance $10

band: TuPenny Players
callers:  Ladies' Night at Childgrove ECD - enjoy our wonderful local female callers!

Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7

band: Snorty Horse
caller: Mac Mckeever

Sunday July 22, 2018 at 7-9pm Waltz Party (Vintage Couples Dances) $10

band: Halcyon Light Orchestra
workshop leader: Bob Green

Sunday, July 29, 2018 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7

band: Boney Goats
caller: Jim Hemphill

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
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Directions to our regular dances at 37 S Maple in Webster Groves, MO: