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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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We've put up a memorial page for David Keller, one of our long-time avid dancers, and a former member of the military. We invite you to make a contribution in David's name to Dancing Well, the Soldier Project, which helps soldiers with brain trauma or PTSD regain a measure of health and social interaction through contra dancing - it works!

Upcoming events:

Sunday, May 31, 2015 7pm  Contra Dance with Snorty Horse, calling by Jim Hemphill

Monday, June 1, 2015 Plain & Fancy English Dance Recorded music, open calling

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 after 8:30pm.

Saturday June 6, 2015 Family Dance

6:30-7:30pm $7/person, or $5 if accompanied by a child; $3 per child up to a maximum of $16 per family.

Multiple callers with Roger Netherton and Billy Boyer
All are welcome: young and old, new dancers and experienced ones! Bring yourself and your children or grandchildren. We'll call simple, fun dances anyone can do to live music. If you feel up to it, stay for the Callers Choice at no extra charge.

Saturday, June 6, 2015  8pm Callers Choice Dance with Roger Netherton and Billy Boyer, multiple callers
7:30 Workshop 8-10:30pm Dance. $7 (no extra charge if you paid for the Family Dance)

Sunday June 7, 2015 7pm  Contra Dance with The Short List (Roger Netherton, Lindell Blackford, Rich Hibbs, and Roy Farwell), calling by Mac McKeever

Sunday, June 14, 2015 7pm  Contra Dance $7 with the Root Diggers, calling by Deborah Hyland

MSNB gen tnFriday, June 19, 2015 8pm Midsummer Night Ball $10 with the Tu'Penny Players, calling by Dr. John Ramsay

This is a fancy-dress English dance Ball, with a Shakespeare theme. Come dressed as your favorite Shakespeare character!

Saturday, June 20, 2015 8pm  Contra Dance $7 with the Goldmine Pickers, calling by Wade Pearson

Sunday June 21, 2015 7pm  Waltz Party  6pm workshop, 7pm dance to live music $10, with music from the Halcyon Light Orchestra. Workshop leader Bob Green.

 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:

  • 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.