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 Dec. 12!
First Congregational UCC
6501 Forsyth
Clayton, MO 63105
The days are getting shorter, and we're looking forward to celebrating
the many holidays that fall at this season.
Come join us at First Congregational United Church of Christ,
6501 Forsyth in Clayton (there's a map w. directions here).
We'll have the regular Beginners' Workshop at 7:00 pm,
followed by dancing from 7:30 - 9:30 pm
to live music by the Original Speckled Band and
calling by Peter Wollenberg & Friends.
Bringers of festive snacks for the break will be warmly thanked,
and the spiced cider pot will be bubbling.
A splendid time is guaranteed for all.

Then in January comes the
Old Christmas Grand Dance
Saturday, January 3rd
at the Focal Point, 7:30 - 10:30pm
This is our annual winter celebration; it's fancy dress (YOUR definition).
All dances will be taught and called. Admission $15.00 (students ($5.00).
Dances will be led by Peter Wollenberg and Friends; music provided by the Original Speckled Band. A map with directions to Focal Point is here.
Once again, bringers of snacks for the break will be warmly thanked, and
once again a 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 T-shirt 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.

FRIDAY Nov. 14, 2014 Brentwood UCC
Brentwood, MO
MONDAY Nov. 24, 2014 Focal Point
Maplewood, MO
FRIDAY Dec. 12, 2014
  (Holiday Dance - see above!)
First Congregational UCC
  6501 Forsyth Blvd.
  (see
map)
Clayton, MO


MONDAY Dec. 22, 2014 No dance - enjoy the holidays!

SATURDAY Jan. 3, 2015
  (Old Christmas Grand Dance - see above!)
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 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 is $7.00 per person, with a student rate of $5.00.
You can also buy a series subscription: 10 dances for $56.00 (that's two free dances).


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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