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!


Welcome to St Louis Contra Dancing

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Upcoming events

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 7pm Calling Party

Sunday, December 11, 2016 7pm Contra Dance, Sarah Kaiser, caller

band: 3 Crooked Men
caller: Sarah Kaiser

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 7pm Calling Party

Friday, December 16, 2016 7pm YULETIDE BALL (English Country Dance) $10

band: George Paul, Ben Schreiber and Martha Edwards
caller: John Ramsay

Saturday, December 17, 2016 7pm (Basics Workshop 6:30pm) Contra Dance $7

band: George Paul, Ben Schreiber and Martha Edwards
caller: Jim Hemphill

Sunday, December 18, 2016 7pm (Workshop 6-7pm) Waltz Party $10

band: George Paul, Ben Schreiber and Martha Edwards
workshop leader: Bob Green

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 7pm Calling Party

Sunday, December 25, 2016 NO Contra Dance Enjoy a Family Day!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016 7pm Calling Party

NYE 2016 band

Saturday, December 31, 2016 8pm New Year's Eve Dance

band: Like your Coffee made with Chicory?  Then you'll love this year's New Year's Eve Band - Tom Cunningham of the Coffee Zombies from Louisville, KY, will be joined by members of the band Chicory, Martha Edwards and Bill Boyer (aka Ragged Robin).   Tasty!callers: open calling (contact Bob Green at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you want to call)

Sunday, January 1, 2017 Brunch in the Morning, but NO Contra Dance in the evening

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.