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, October 4, 2015 7pm Contra Dance $7
band: Two Women & a Truck
caller: Eric Black from California
Sunday, October 11, 2015 7pm Contra Dance $7
band: Root Diggers
caller: Dale Wilson
Saturday, October 17, 2015 8pm Contra Dance $7
caller: Mac McKeever
Sunday, October 18, 2015 7pm Waltz Party 6pm Lesson $10
band: Halcyon Light Orchestra
workshop leader: Bob Green
Monday, October 19, 2015 7:00pm Workshop 7:30pm Live Music English Country Dance $7
band: Tu'Penny Players with guest Justus Mathews on clarinet
caller: (MR)2 (Missy Reisenleiter and Mark Rice)
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.