Elsah Community Contra Dances

Second Saturdays in historic Farley's Music Hall in "downtown" Elsah, IL.

A great family activity! Kid-friendly dancing

kid friendlyCome dance in lovely Elsah, IL, less than an hour from the Monday Club.  It's a real community dance (though lots of St Louis dancers go to it).  Kids are welcome and encouraged!

37 Mill Street, Elsah, IL

6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

$8/adult, Kids are free. Donations to the Historic Elsah Society appreciated.  

Live Music, excellent callers

The Elsah Folk Dances take place on the second Saturday of each month. We are a family-friendly dance, so bring the kids and the whole family! These events are made possible by the Historic Elsah Foundation (HEF).

Folk Dance Schedule Spring 2017

    • Singles welcomed and encouraged.
    • Couples welcomed and encouraged.
    • Families welcomed and encouraged.

Saturday, Feb 11, 2017 6:30pm - Jane Austen Ball

band: Martha Edwards and Joe Van Riper
caller: Deborah Hyland

Saturday, March 11, 2017 6:30pm - Lucky Irish Dances

band: Mound City Slickers
caller: Valerie Young

Saturday, April 8, 2017 6:30pm - Intergenerational Folk Dancing

band: Mound City Slickers
caller: Jim Hemphill

Saturday, May 13, 2017 6:30pm - May Day Dance

band: Martha Edwards, Joe Van Riper and Justin Blackburn
caller: Valerie Young

Special appearances by your local Morris teams. Come early for the May Pole!


elsahmap smDirections to Farley's Music Hall:

Most of us take 367 North from 270. That turns into 67.

In Alton, 67 turns left.

Continue onto Route 100, the Great River Road.

Elsah is about 10 miles north of Alton - after you pass Lockhaven start looking for it on your right. It's easy to miss!

After you turn in to Elsah, take the right fork and follow Mill Street for a few blocks. After you pass over a small bridge, Farley's Music Hall is a rectangular building painted yellow-gold on the left.

If there is no parking in front of the building, go around the block to the parking in back. The shortest way is to turn around, then take the first right. If you don't like turning around, turn left at the first possible street, small though it be. You'll go over a one-lane bridge. Then turn left again.

Find the parking lot, park, and walk down the walkway over the stream to get to the front of the building.