Elsah Community Contra Dances - now on hiatus

These dances used to be on Second Saturdays in historic Farley's Music Hall in "downtown" Elsah, IL.

A great family activity! Kid-friendly dancing

kid friendlyThe Elsah dances are on hiatus at the moment, but please enjoy reading what they used to be like!

Lovely Elsah, IL is 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 generally took place on the second Saturday of each month. It was a family-friendly dance, to which you could bring the kids and the whole family! The events were made possible by the Historic Elsah Foundation (HEF).

Past Dances:  Folk Dance Schedule 2017

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

May 6-7, 2017, This weekend is Elsah's Spring Festival! The village will be full of artists, vendors, walking tours, food merchants, and MAY POLE DANCING! That's right, folks, in the grass next to Farleys we will be having May Pole dances periodically throughout the day (pending no rain). For more information about the festival visit: http://www.escapetoelsah.com/elsah-spring-festival

Saturday, May 13, 2017 6:30pm - May Day Dance come dance at Farleys! There will be a May Pole and The Capering Roisters (St. Louis's Cotswold morris team) will be performing at the break. This is a dance you just can't afford to miss!

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!

FALL 2017 -  Just one dance this Fall!
Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 6:30-9:30pm
band: RogerWilco (Billy Boyer and Roger Netherton)
caller: Valerie Young


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.