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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Sunday, August 9, 2015 7pm Contra Dance $7 with Ellen Gomez and friends, calling by Jim Hemphill
Saturday, August 15, 2015 8pm Contra Dance $7 with the Hoosier Crackerjacks, calling by Tamara Lowenthal
Sunday, August 16, 2015 7pm Waltz Party $10 with the Halcyon Light Orchestra, workshop with Bob Green at 6pm
Monday August 17, 2015 7pm English Country Dance $7 PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF TIME and DATE from Friday TO MONDAY at 7:00PM with music from the Tu'Penny Players, calling by MR3 (Missy Reisenleiter, Mark Rice, and Martha and Robert)
Sunday, August 23, 2015 7pm Contra Dance $7 with the Mulberry Street Band, calling by Bob Green
Sunday, August 30, 2015 7pm Contra Dance $7 with Sadie Hawkins Day, calling by Mac McKeever
Location of our Regular Dances
the Monday Club 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.