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!
Recent News Article Featuring Childgrove
Here's a link to an article on Childgrove's English dances from the South County Times in July of 2017. Enjoy!
Here's a link to a TV show about Childgrove Contra Dance from HECTV in September of 2017.
Friday, August 17, 2018 at 7-9:30pm English Country Dance $10
band: Ragged Robin (Billy Boyer, Martha Edwards, Tim Hirzel)
callers: Nicholas Rockstroh from Louisville, KY
Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7
band: Lucas Simpson, Aaron Albrecht, Rich Egan
caller: Gail Hintze
Sunday August 19, 2018 at 7-9pm Waltz Party (Vintage Couples Dances) $10
band: Halcyon Light Orchestra (Martha Edwards, Tim Hirzel, Tim Lilly)
workshop leader: Bob Green (basic waltz + Salty Dog Rag!)
Sunday, August 26, 2018 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7
band: 32 Bartenders
caller: Jim Thaxter
Friday evening, August 31 to Sunday afternoon, September 2, 2018 High Tea English Weekend - SOLD OUT!
band: The Ladies@Play with Martha Edwards
caller: Gene Murrow from New York City
See the High Tea Web Page for more info...
PLEASE NOTE that the Saturday evening September 1, 2018 Callers Choice Dance is CANCELLED for High Tea - however, you are most welcome to come to the Calling Workshop Dance on Sunday Afternoon, September 2, 2018 at 2:30pm, where there will be multiple fine callers, both local and visiting. ($5)
Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7
band: Ladies@Play with Martha Edwards
caller: Bob Green & Andrea Nettleton
Monday, September 3, 2016 NO PLAIN AND FANCY DANCE - Enjoy Labor Day! Have a picnic! We'll see you next month.
Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7
band: Ellen Gomez
caller: Karen Jackson
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 7pm Calling Party / Dance Party at Bob and Martha's house, directions here.
Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7
band: Lucas Simpson, Aaron Albrecht, Rich Egan & Dave Landreth
caller: Mac Mckeever
Sunday, September 16, 2018 from 3:00-4:30pm Family Dance
Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 7-9pm Waltz Party (Vintage Couples Dances) $10
band: Halcyon Light Orchestra
workshop leader: Bob Green or Lauren Peckman
Friday, September 21, 2018 at 7-9:30pm English Country Dance $10
band: Ragged Robin
callers: Conner Quinn and Missy Reisenleiter
Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7
band: Mound City Slickers
caller: Deborah Hyland
Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7
band: Three Crooked Men
caller: Sarah Kaiser
Monday October 1, 2018 7pm Learn to Dance English (aka Plain and Fancy Dance) $5
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 - we'll do some more complex dances later in the evening.
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.