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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Saturday, February 6, 2016 8pm (Workshop in the Basics at 7:30pm) Callers Choice Dance $7
band: Ragged Robin
Please note: We are suspending the Family Dance for a while. In the meantime, if you would like to organize one for your children's or grandchildren's school or church group, please email Mac McKeever, who can help arrange a caller and band for you!
Sunday February 7, 2016 7pm (Workshop in the Basics at 6:30pm) Contra Dance $7
band: Barbara Weathers
caller: Wade Pearson
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 7pm Calling Party at Bob and Martha's Read more...
Sunday February 14, 2016 7pm (Workshop in the Basics at 6:30pm) Contra Dance $7
caller: Deborah Hyland
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 7pm Calling Party at Bob and Martha's Read more...
"Would you like polka dots, sir?"
Friday February 19, 2016 7:30pm PRESIDENTS' BALL (aka Presidents Having a Ball) English Country Dance $10
band: Tu'Penny Players
callers: Peter Wollenberg, Bob Green, Mark Rice, Missy Reisenleiter
In this season of silly Presidential campaigns, we've decided to have a little fun ourselves.
Saturday February 20, 2016 8pm (Workshop in the Basics at 7:30pm) Contra Dance $7
band: Dave Landreth, Fred Campeau
caller: Ted Steele
Sunday, February 21, 2016 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
- 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.