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.
Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7
band: Boney Goat String Band
caller: Karen Jackson
Sunday, April 1, 2018 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7
band: Charlie Walden and Friends
caller: Ted Steele
Monday, April 2, 2018 at 7-9:30pm Learn to Dance English (aka Plain and Fancy Dance) $5
band: recorded music
Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 7-10pm Callers Choice Dance $7
band: Ellen Gomez and Friends
Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7
band: Music Folk String Band
caller: Bob Green
Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7
band: Doss Branch String Ticklers (Ellen Gomez and Friends)
caller: Mac McKeever
Friday, April 20, 2018 at 7-9:30pm English Country Dance $10
band: Tu'Penny Players
caller: Jonathan Sivier from Champaign/Urbana, IL
Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7
band: Campeau Creek Boys
caller: Lisa Harris
Sunday April 22, 2018 at 7-10pm Waltz Party (Vintage Couples Dances) $10
Free workshop at 6pm
band: Halcyon Light Orchestra
workshop leader: Bob Green
Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7
band: Root Digger
caller: Jim Hemphill
Location of our Regular Dances
the Monday Club in 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.