The St. Louis English Country Dancers

(Local 1651)


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NEWCOMERS ARE WELCOME
Come with or without a partner

Download our flyer (96kB, pdf)

The St. Louis English Country Dancers present our 27th

Playford Ball Weekend!
featuring calling by
Sue Dupre
from Princeton, NJ

Friday-Sunday April  28-30, 2017

We are 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

Sunday: 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.

There 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.

The 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 warmly thanked.
The Saturday dance will be followed on Sunday by a potluck brunch; please pick up a map at the dance.

Admission 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.

To make 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.

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 (back in March 2011) honoring
Turlough O'Carolan.
His story is here.

We also have a Facebook page (you need to be logged into Facebook). And a Meetup 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 (pstamler@pobox.com)
 or click here.


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.



WHAT DANCES HAVE WE DONE?
For a log of the dances, look here.


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


Workshop 7:00 pm (regular dances)



Dancing 7:30-9:30 pm (regular dances)

FRIDAY Feb. 10, 2017 Brentwood Congregational UCC,
 
  Valentine's dance - wear red!
Brentwood, MO


MONDAY Feb. 27, 2017 Focal Point
Maplewood, MO


FRIDAY Mar. 10, 2017 Brentwood Congregational UCC
Brentwood, MO


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
Clayton, 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 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).

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Presented with support from the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis.


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:


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, send an email to Paul (pstamler@pobox.com) or click here.



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) or click here:
pstamler@pobox.com
.

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




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