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American Folk Dances (Contra, squares)
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Participatory Music Jams
Cajun 'n Zydeco ('n French Creole) dancing around town to live music!
WHERE? Focal Point, Sutton Avenue, Maplewood, MO
TIME? 7pm
WHO? OLD FASHIONED ACES (Cajun music) They're on their way up nort' for the summer! That's MN and WI! Blake Miller & the Old Fashioned Aces are breathing new life into an old sound. Its traditional Cajun music, pure and simple. Instead of stretching the boundaries of Louisiana French music with intense and prominent electrified instruments, the Aces nest comfortably inside the well worn tracks of Cajun music: accordion, fiddle, guitar with vocals and t'fer. From old fiddle tunes to classic dance floor packers and bilingual classics, their music is comfort food for the Cajun music fan.
COVER? $15

JUNE 22 @ Washington (MO) Farmer's Market
FREE! Zydeco dance with The Boudin Brothers!
That means Benet Schaeffer on drums (from Jeremiah Johnson Band!) and
Ron Sikes on percussion (from Funky Butt Brass Band!)
TIME? 6-10PM
COVER? free!
Food and beverages on sale @ farmers market. AND Sugarfire BBQ is only a couple blocks from the market.

WHEN? JULY 20 @ Focal Point on Sutton Ave, Maplewood, MO
WHO? Jane Vidrine (originally from StL and Grammy nominee!) and John Vidrine. Steeped in Cajun Louisiana living and traditions, Jane and John bring rich experiences and interpretations to Cajun tunes played on fiddle and guitar with superb vocals, be it a waltz, a ballad, or a two-step.
COVER? Well worth it! At least $10, maybe $15

Cajun Music Workshop w/ Jane and John Vidrine
Saturday, July 21, 2018 | 12-2pm
Folk School, 3323 Washington Ave

Workshop Description:
Direct from Louisiana, John and Jane Vidrine will lead a Cajun music learn and jam. While you learn traditional Cajun 2 steps and waltzes, you will be treated to the stories of the songs and the musicians who have been creating Cajun music for over 100 years. No experience playing Cajun music is necessary. Best for accordion (key of C), fiddle, guitar, and vocals, but bring whatever folk instrument you play and we’ll see what happens. Lyrics will be provided.

John and Jane Vidrine have been playing Cajun music together since the 1980s for festivals, gatherings, and concerts around their home region of Acadiana in Louisiana, at music camps, in France and Denmark. Their repertoire ranges from crusty old fiddle duets and unaccompanied French ballads to exciting dancehall favorites. John’s stories will have your smile muscles hurting.

John is from Mamou, Louisiana, where Cajun music and folk traditions are virtually a way of life. He’s played accordion, fiddle and guitar since he was very young and was influenced by legendary figures from the area including Nathan Abshire, Dewey Balfa, Marc Savoy and others. Jane came on the Louisiana music scene in 1983 after growing up in St Louis and being quite central to the folklife community here (MFFA, Frontier Folklife Festival, Focal Point, Music Folk). A founding member of the two time Grammy-nominated Magnolia Sisters Cajun Band. Together they are known for their investment in their community to promote regional traditional music and for supporting young people in their efforts to bring Cajun music, language and cultural traditions into the future.
Childgrove Country Dancers
3rd Saturdays & 1st, 2nd, 4th & 5th Sundays
Traditional old time contra and square dances with live music at the Monday Club, 37 South Maple, Webster Groves. Free workshop at 6:30pm, dancing at 7 pm on Sundays. (7:30pm workshop, dancing at 8:00pm on 3rd Saturdays.) Admission is $7.00. Workshops are intro level contras; all dances are taught and easy to learn. Singles and couples of all ages are welcome. Wood dance floor; AC. For more information, or email

Sunday June 24
Band. Roger Wilco
Caller Sarah Kaiser

Sunday July 1
Band. Mound City Slickers
Caller. Fred Park

Sunday July 8
Band. Scraphounds
Caller. Kathy Coffman

Sunday July 15
Band. Martha Edwards
Caller. Lauren Peckman

Saturday July 21
Band. Snorty Horse
Caller. Mac Mckeever

Sunday July 29
Band. Bony Goats
Caller. Jim Hemphill

Sunday August 5
Band. Sadie Hawkins Day
Caller. John Coffman

Sunday August 12
Band. The Young & The Fretless
Caller. Dale Wilson

Saturday August 18
Band. Lucas Simpson, Aaron Albrecht, Rich Egan
Caller. Gail Hintze

Sunday August 26
Band. 32 Bartenders
Caller. Jim Thaxter

Sunday Sept. 2
Band. Ladies @ Play
Caller. Bob Green & Andrea Nettleton

Sunday Sept. 9
Band. Ellen Gomez
Caller. Karen Jackson

Saturday Sept. 15
Band. Roger & The Short List
Caller. Mac Mckeever

Sunday Sept. 23
Band. Mound City Slickers
Caller. Deborah Hyland

Sunday Sept. 30
Band. Three Crooked Men
Caller Sarah Kaiser

Sunday Oct 7
Band. Root Diggers
Caller. Dale Wilson

Sunday Oct 14
Band. MO Possum Tamers
Caller. Wade Pearson

Saturday. Oct 20
Band. Euphoria
Caller. Mac McKeever

Sunday Oct 28
Band. Roadkill Ramblers
Caller. Ted Steele

Call Mac McKeever at 636-537-1643 or Visit
Contra Dancing in Cape Girardeau
Traditional Old Time contra and square dances to live music at Christ Episcopal Church at 101 N. Fountain St, Cape Girardeau, MO. Dance from 7:00-9:30pm.
See website or call to confirm dates.
For more info call John or Kathy Coffman at (573) 334-4706 or visit
Contra Dancing in Carbondale, IL
1st Saturday (June through October)
Dances held in Carbondale, IL at Longbranch Coffeehouse, 100 E. Jackson St. from 4-6 p.m. Wear soft-soled shoes. A donation is taken.
For info call Barb at (618)549-1595 or Roy at (618)559-7870 or email
CrossCurrents Barn Dances in Kansas City
4th Saturdays
Workshop at 7pm, dance at 7:30pm at St. Paul's Episcopal Day School gymnasium, 4041 Main Street, Kansas City, MO. Cost $8.
For info call (816) 516-1876 or visit
Elsah (IL) Community Folk Dance
2nd Saturdays, January thru May
Dance with us in historic Farley's Music Hall, 37 Mill Street,Elsah, IL. - all are welcome! 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Cost: $6.00 per person, $15.00 max per family, students with ID 1/2 price. Live old time music. See for schedule.
For more info, contact Eric Schreiber at 618-374-2024 or email
Greater St. Louis Square Dance Federation
various, always
Many groups listed by
Visit for schedules
Lawrence (KS) Barn Dance Assoc.
3rd & 5th Saturdays
Dance at 7:30 pm at Woodlawn School, 508 Elm Street, in North Lawrence. (Take East Lawrence exit if arriving via I-70). Our website has specific directions. Call for other locations and times in the area.
Regular contra dances on 3rd Saturdays at 7:30pm (beginner's session at 6:45) at the Lawrence Arts Center Dance Annex, 205 W 8th in downtown Lawrence, KS.
Advanced dances (minimal walkthroughs, no beginner session) on 5th Saturdays at the same location (Dance Annex).
Family dances on second Sundays at 4:30pm, at the ECM building, 12th and Oread (at the north end of the KU campus). Potluck follows at 5:30.
Visit, email, or call 913-865-FOLK or 785-749-1356
Mid-Missouri Traditional Dancers
1st, 3rd, and 5th Fridays (except July and August: 3rd Fridays only)
Contra dances are held at the First Christian Church, corner of Tenth and Walnut, Columbia, MO, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Walk-through at 7:00 p.m.
Admission $7.00 ($4.00 for ages 16–25; free for children 15 and under).
All ages welcome. No partner needed. Wear clean, soft-soled shoes to protect the floor.

Visit or Phone 573-874-2792 for information and directions.
Singles & Doubles Square Dance Club
Wednesday, starting January 4, 2017
ATTENTION BABY BOOMERS and all who want to try Square Dancing in Webster Groves.
Singles & Doubles Square Dance lessons begin on Wednesdays, JAN. 4, 2017

FREE on January 4 class only, no obligation. Subsequent classes, $5 per person.
Where: Christ Lutheran Church, One Selma Ave (at Lockwood near Webster Groves Webster Groves).
When: 7:00 PM - 9:00 pm.

COUPLES and SINGLES are welcome. No experience required. Wear casual clothes and expect good exercise, mental stimulation, and fellowship.
Contact: Contact Gen at 314-351-4283 or email
Web site:
Traditional Dance and Music Society in Springfield, MO
Usually 1st and 3rd Saturdays
Contras, circles and squares with live music. Most dances held at at Franciscan Villa (unless otherwise noted) 620 W. Scott (Corner of Scott & North Main), Springfield) Dance 7:30pm - 10:30 pm.
Basic steps taught at 7:00 pm. Beginners always welcome! Admission $6, students $4. We usually dance one or two Saturdays a month; calendar is on website.
Visit or Email or call 417-683-7544.
Urbana Country Dancers
1st & 3rd Fridays (occasional Saturdays)
The UCD dances traditional, early American contra dances and some squares to live fiddle music in an atmosphere friendly to both singles and couples. All dances are taught. Wear comfortable clothes and clean, soft soled shoes. $5.00 donation.
Dances start at 8 P.M. at the Phillips Recreation Center, 505 West Stoughton Street in Urbana, IL. Dance on Fridays, except for the second week in each month, when the dance is on Saturday.
For the current schedule visit
or call Jonathan at 217-359-8225.
West County Spinners Square Dance Club
Regularly scheduled: 1st and 3rd Mondays
Today’s square dancing...It’s not what you think!
Experience fun, fellowship, great exercise and mental stimulation!
If you enjoy walking, you will enjoy square dancing; no experience is necessary. Couples and singles of all ages are welcome.

NEW CLASSES BEGINNING! FOR FREE ON SEPTEMBER 12 and 19, 2017 introducing Modern Western Square Dance!
WHO? West County Spinners Square Dance Club offers two 'introductory classes'.
WHEN? Tuesday, September 12 and 19, 2017 from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m.
WHERE? Trinity Lutheran Church, 14088 Clayton Rd., Chesterfield, MO 63017 (southeast corner of Clayton Rd. and Hwy 141).
AND.. the square dance program continues for 12 more weeks on Tuesdays!
COST? $60 per person for the 12 week program.

Children ages 8-18 are free when accompanied by a paying adult. Wear casual clothes and be prepared to have fun square dancing!
You can just show up for the introductory classes, too!

For information or to register, contact Jim and Crystal at 314-753-6674,,