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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:

Sunday, August 30, 2015 7pm Contra Dance $7 with Sadie Hawkins Day, calling by Mac McKeever

band 2015

Friday-Saturday-Sunday September 4-6, 2015 HIGH TEA ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE WEEKEND

band:  Jonathan Jensen, piano etc., Miranda Arana, flute etc., Martha Edwards, fiddle etc.
caller: Brad Foster, former Executive Director of CDSS for 28 years, and this year's winner of the CDSS Lifetime Contributor Award

Join us for this premiere of our all-English dance weekend. There is an English dance Friday night at 8pm and a English dress ball on Saturday night at 8pm. Saturday boasts two workshops, one at 10am, one at 2pm. Sunday, there's a potluck brunch at 11am, and a Calling Party/Workshop at 2:30pm. If that's not enough for you, stay for the regular contra dance on Sunday night. The band and caller stay on and demonstrate their versatility!

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Saturday September 5, 2015 PLEASE NOTE: NO Family Dance and NO Callers Choice Dance this month (Come to the English Ball instead!)

Sunday, September 6, 2015 7pm Contra Dance $7

band:  Jonathan Jensen, Miranda Arana, Martha Edwards
caller: Brad Foster

Sunday, September 13 2015, 7pm Contra Dance $7

band:  Lindell Blackford & Bill Stewart
caller: Wade Pearson

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


  • 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.