The St. Louis English Country Dancers

(Local 1651)


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NEWCOMERS ARE WELCOME
Come with or without a partner

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Holiday Dance
Friday, December 11th, 2015
First Congregational UCC, 6501 Wydown Blvd. in Clayton (see map with directions).
December is the time for multiple celebrations: Chanukah, Christmas, Festivus, Kwanzaa, Solstice. We'll dance in joyful honor of all, and in honor of just having a good time, on the 2nd Friday of December.
Note that we'll be at first Congregational in Clayton, our Home Away from Home.
Bringers of snacks will be warmly thanked, and
a splendid time is guaranteed for all.



Old Christmas
Grand Dance

Saturday, Jan. 9th, 2016, 7:30 -10:30 pm
This is our big winter event! Join us in closing out
the holiday season with a grand ball in fancy dress (YOUR definition!). Once again, we'll be at our
Home Away from Home, First Congregational
United Church of Christ, 6501 Wydown Blvd.
in Clayton (here's a map with directions).
Admission will be $18.00/dancer (students $5.00).
Music will be provided by the Original Speckled Band,
dances will be led by Peter Wollenberg & Friends,
snacks for the break provided by all and sundry,
and another splendid time is guaranteed for all.


We've got T-shirts. And a Facebook page.
And a news story.

A reporter/photographer from the Brentwood Spirit visited our dance in March 2011 honoring
Turlough O'Carolan.
His story is here.

We also have a Facebook page.

And we have T-shirts! Check out the design here,
and a picture of Russell wearing one is here
.
To order a shirt, e-mail Paul.


WHAT IS ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCING?

English country dancing typically involves lines of men facing lines of women; the dancers walk patterns with their partners and with other couples in the set. Our dance leader is Peter Wollenberg; all dances are taught from scratch each evening. You can come with or without a partner.

Beginners are welcome at all events! Each dance evening starts at 7:00 with a beginners' workshop so that newcomers can learn the fundamentals of English country dancing.

The St. Louis English Country Dancers (Local 1651) are members of the Country Dance and Song Society, CDSS.


WHEN DO THE ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCERS MEET?

The group usually dances twice a month: on the second Friday night of the month, and again on the fourth Monday night of the month.



CALENDAR

FRIDAY Dec. 11, 2015 First Congregational UCC, 6501 Wydown
  Holiday Dance!
Clayton, MO
MONDAY Dec. 28, 2015 NO DANCE - enjoy the holidays!

FRIDAY Jan. 8, 2016 NO DANCE



SATURDAY Jan. 9, 2016 First Congregational UCC, 6501 Wydown
  Old Christmas Grand Dance!
  7:30 - 10:30; $18 (students $5)
  fancy dress (YOUR definition)
Clayton, MO


MONDAY Jan. 25, 2016 Focal Point Maplewood, MO


FRIDAY Feb. 12, 2016 Brentwood UCC Brentwood, MO


MONDAY Feb. 22, 2016 Focal Point Maplewood, MO


NOTE: Those bringing snacks to dancing will earn the thanks of all and sundry.


WHAT TIME AND WHERE DO THE ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCERS MEET?

All regular dances, regardless of location, start with a workshop that begins promptly at 7:00 pm, followed by dancing from 7:30 - 9:30 pm. The workshop is the time for new and semi-new dancers to learn steps and moves.

Dances on the SECOND FRIDAY OF THE MONTH will usually be at the Brentwood Congregational United Church of Christ in Brentwood, Missouri. The church is at 2400 S. Brentwood Boulevard; it's on the east side of Brentwood, at the intersection which is both Eulalie (to the east) and Litzsinger (to the west), just south of the firehouse. Map and directions to Brentwood UCC.

Dances on the FOURTH MONDAY OF THE MONTH will usually be at the Focal Point Arts Center in Maplewood, Missouri. Focal Point is on Sutton Blvd., which is one block east of the intersection of Manchester and Big Bend; the address is 2720 S. Sutton Blvd., one block south of Manchester.
Map and directions to Focal Point

Watch this website for location changes -- or sign up for the mailing list (below).


WHAT IS THE COST FOR DANCING?

The cost of a regular dance is $8.00 per person, with a student rate of $5.00.


WHO ARE THE MUSICIANS?

Live music for every dance evening is provided by the Original Speckled Band.
Members of the band are:


WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

Wear comfortable clothes and soft-soled flat-heeled shoes.
You can come with or without a partner.


WHO CAN I CONTACT?

Please call Paul Stamler at (314) 288-9106 for more information or send an email to:

pstamler@pobox.com


WHAT ANNUAL EVENTS DOES THE GROUP SPONSOR?

There is an Old Christmas Grand Dance every Winter, and a Playford Ball every Spring. We also put on the Hallowe'en Hat Dance every October, and a Holiday Dance every December.


Cecil Sharp

In the early 20th century, folklorist Cecil Sharp spearheaded the revival of interest in English Country Dancing in the UK and North America. He founded the English Folk Dance Society (now the English Folk Dance & Song Society, or EFDSS), reconstructed many dances from old notes and manuals,
collected dances and traditional songs both in England and in the Appalachian region of the USA, and forged a revival that we and many others are honored to continue into the 21st century. In celebration of Sharp's 150th birthday (he was born Nov. 22, 1859), St. Louis English Country Dancers hosted a tribute to Sharp. We asked Dr. John M. Ramsay, who learned his dancing from Sharp's associates, to talk briefly
about Sharp and his work. John's remarks may be found here.


HOW ABOUT SOME ADDITIONAL DANCE LINKS?

Dancin' Donna's music & dance listings
Focal Point Arts Center
St. Louis FolkFire Magazine

Dance Discovery
Highland Mist Scottish Country Dancers
Webster Groves English Country Dancers

Arkansas Country Dance Society
Central Illinois English Country Dancers [Urbana, IL]
Fairfield [IA] Folk Art & Dance Co-Op
Lexington [KY] English Country Dancers
Lawrence [KS] ECD
Madison [WI] English Country Dancers
Mid-Missouri Traditional Dancers [Columbia, MO]
Nashville [TN] Country Dancers
Scissortail Traditional Dance Society [Oklahoma City, OK]

Country Dance & Song Society (CDSS)
English Country Dance around the USA (directory)



HOW DO I GET ONTO THE E-MAILING LIST?

Send an e-mail to Paul Stamler (
pstamler@pobox.com
).

Thank you for visiting the St. Louis English Dancers' website. Now come dance with us!



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