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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

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 7pm Calling Party at Bob and Martha's Read more...

Sunday, Aug 28, 2016 7pm Contra Dance $7

band: Hogtied
caller: Deborah Hyland

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at 7pm Calling Party at Bob and Martha's Read more...

Caller Sharon Green September 2-4, 2016 HIGH TEA ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE WEEKEND register here

band:  Ladies at Play with Martha Edwards
caller: Sharon Green from San Francisco

 

 

 

Friday night 8pm English Country Dance
Saturday 10am and 2pm Workshops
Saturday night
8pm English Dress Ball
Sunday Morning
11am Potluck Brunch
Sunday Afternoon Calling Party/Workshop 2:30pm

Sunday, Sept 4, 2016 7pm Contra Dance $7

band: Ladies at Play with Martha Edwards
caller: Bob Green

Monday, Sept 5, 2016 NO PLAIN AND FANCY DANCE - Enjoy Labor Day!  Have a picnic! We'll see you next month.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 7pm Calling Party at Bob and Martha's Read more...

Sunday, September 11, 2016 7pm Contra Dance $7

band: Dan Levinson, Colin Blair, Andrew Bond
caller: Jim Hemphill

More dances...

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.