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!
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Wednesday, October 26, 2016 7pm Calling Party at Bob and Martha's Read more...
Sunday, October 30, 2016 7pm Contra Dance $7
band: Missouri Possum Tamers
caller: Deborah Hyland
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 7pm Calling Party at Bob and Martha's Read more...
Saturday, November 5, 2016 7pm (Workshop in the Basics at 6:30pm) Callers Choice Dance $7
band: Bill Boyer and Roger Netherton
Sunday, November 6, 2016 7pm Contra Dance $7
band: McKenzies from Virginia
Monday, November 7, 2016 7pm English Plain and Fancy Dance $5
Note: the dance from 7-8:30 features easier, community-style dances. 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, then stay for some more complex dances later.
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 7pm Calling Party at Bob and Martha's Read more...
Sunday, November 13, 2016 7pm Contra Dance $7
band: Lindell Blackford & Bill Stewart
caller: Ted Steele
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 7pm Calling Party at Bob and Martha's Read more...
Friday November 18, 2016 7pm (Workshop in the Basics at 7pm) English Country Dance $7
band: Tu'Penny Players
caller: Mark Rice
Saturday, November 19, 2016 7pm Contra Dance $7
band: Snorty Horse
caller: Mac McKeever
Sunday, November 20, 2016 6pm and 7pm Waltz Party (Free lesson in the Basics 6-6:50pm) $10
band: Halcyon Light Orchestra
workshop: Bob Green
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.