Download our flyer (96kB, pdf)The St. Louis English Country Dancers present our 27th
Playford Ball Weekend!
featuring calling by
from Princeton, NJ
Friday-Sunday April 28-30, 2017
proud to present our annual Playford Ball
Weekend for 2017 on Fri.-Sun. Apr. 28-30,
featuring caller Sue Dupre of Princeton, NJ.
You can download a flyer here. (321kb, pdf)
This is the schedule of the weekend's events:
Friday night: Dance, 7:30 - 9:30 pm
(Beginners' Workshop 7:00 pm)
Saturday: Workshops, 10:00 am - noon, 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Saturday night: The Playford Ball, 7:30 - 10:30 pm
Brunch, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
All events will be held at First Congregational Church of St. Louis, 6501 Wydown Blvd., Clayton, MO 63105 (an inner-ring suburb); there's a map with directions here.
is a 90-minute gap between the morning and
afternoon workshops; if you'd like to have
lunch in that interval, or dinner before the
evening ball, there's a .pdf with listings
of nearby restaurants here.
Saturday night Playford Ball is fancy dress
(YOUR definition); live music will be
provided by the Original Speckled Band, and
bringers of snacks for the interlude will be
The Saturday dance will be followed on Sunday by a potluck brunch; please pick up a map at the dance.
for the entire weekend is $40.00 before April
15, 2017 and $45.00 after that date.
If you'd like to attend events on an a la carte basis, the prices are listed on the flyer.
reservations, mail a check payable to St. Louis
English Country Dancers to:
St. Louis ECD, c/o 2612 Clifton Ave.,
St. Louis, MO 63139
SPACE IS LIMITED, so reservations will be taken on a first-come-first-served basis.
splendid time is guaranteed for all.
We've got T-shirts.
And a Facebook page.
And a news story.
reporter/photographer from the Brentwood Spirit visited our dance (back
in March 2011) honoring
His story is here.
have a Facebook
page (you need to be logged into
Facebook). And a Meetup
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
or click here.
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.
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.
|Workshop 7:00 pm (regular dances)
|Dancing 7:30-9:30 pm (regular dances)
|FRIDAY||Feb. 10, 2017||Brentwood
Valentine's dance - wear red!
|MONDAY||Feb. 27, 2017||Focal
|FRIDAY||Mar. 10, 2017||Brentwood Congregational UCC
|MONDAY||Mar. 27, 2017||Focal Point||Maplewood, MO|
|FRIDAY||Apr. 14, 2017||Brentwood Congregational UCC||Brentwood, MO|
|MONDAY||Apr. 24, 2017||Focal Point||Maplewood, MO|
|FRI-SUN||Apr. 28-30, 2017||27th Annual Playford Ball Weekend
First Congregational Church
6501 Wydown Blvd. (map)
See above for details
NOTE: Those bringing
snacks to dancing will earn the thanks of all and
TIME AND WHERE DO THE ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCERS MEET?
All regular dances, regardless of location, start with a Beginners' Workshop 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 old 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.
(Fancy-dress events are higher -- watch this space.)
WHO ARE THE MUSICIANS?
Live music for every dance
evening is provided by the Original Speckled Band.
Members of the band are:
SHOULD I WEAR?
Wear comfortable clothes and
soft-soled flat-heeled shoes.
You can come with or without a partner.
CAN I CONTACT?
Please call Paul Stamler at
(314) 288-9106 for more information, send an email to Paul (email@example.com) or click here.
WHAT ANNUAL EVENTS DOES THE
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
HOW ABOUT SOME ADDITIONAL DANCE
Dancin' Donna's music
& dance listings
Focal Point Arts Center
St. Louis FolkFire Magazine
Highland Mist Scottish Country Dancers
Webster Groves English Country Dancers
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]
Dance & Song Society (CDSS)
English Country Dance around the USA (directory)
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