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World Dance (other)
American Folk Dances (Contra, squares)
Germanic Dances
Anglo, Irish, and Scottish Dances
Other European Dances
Ballroom Dances
Participatory Music Jams
Anglo, Irish, and Scottish Dances
Central Illinois English Country Dancers
Saturdays and Sundays (call for dates)
Dances taught by local leaders; the music is by the Flatland Consort at Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St. Urbana, IL
Visit www.CentralIllinoisECD.org or call (217) 359-8225.
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Childgrove English Country Dancers
1st Monday & 3rd Friday
Childgrove English Country Dancers:
HOLIDAY BALL, December 16, 2016
Presidents' Ball Friday February 19, 2016
Mondays March 7 and April 4
Fridays March 18 and April 22, 2016

Lovely modern and historical English Country Dances (think Jane Austen). The first half of the "Plain and Fancy" dances, with recorded music, have simpler dances from 7-8:30pm, and more complex ones from 8:30-9:30pm. The Third Friday English Dance and the Presidents' Ball, 7:30-10:000pm, feature live music. These dances are at the Monday Club, 37 S. Maple, Webster Groves, MO. First Monday dance $5-10 sliding scale, Third Friday English Dance $7, Presidents' Ball $10. No partner required, all ages and levels of dance experience welcome. For more information, see http://childgrove.org/english or email bobgreen@swbell.net

For the good are always the merry,
Save by an evil chance,
And the merry love the fiddle
And the merry love to dance. ~ William Butler Yeats
For more information, see http://childgrove.org/english or email bobgreen@swbell.net.
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Crystal Dance Troupe Medieval & Renaissance Dancing
2nd & 4th Wednesday 7 to 9 pm
On the 2nd & 4th Wednesday, 7 to 9 pm, the Crystal Dance Troupe conducts 'casual practices' of Medieval, Renaissance, and English Country Dances to recorded music at United Presbyterian Church, 2550 Rock Hill Rd, Wood River, IL 62095. Occasional practices also at United Church of Christ in Marine,IL.

Contact: Alice Buzzard 618-462-7765, leopbuzz@sbcglobal.net

New members are welcome at any time. Check out this 1994 descriptive article and this
Article about the Crystal Ball from November 1997.
Please call Alice at 618-462-7765 to confirm.
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Highland Mist Scottish Country Dancers
Second and Third Saturdays
Traditional dances of Scotland: jigs, reels, and strathspeys. All steps and dances are taught; beginners are welcome. Come with or without a partner. Comfortable clothing and soft-soled shoes are suggested. Class is 1:00 to 3:00PM at the Bloom Fitness Studio in Cottlesville, MO. Cost is $6.
Visit www.highlandmistdancers.org or call (636) 978-2181 or email dancewithclass@hotmail.com or ParadiseDouglas@gmail.com
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Mayer School of Irish Dance
Saturdays
Regular classes in Irish step dancing and Ceili dancing for children ages 4 to 18 are held on Saturdays at Arts In Motion Studio, 9009 Manchester Road. in Brentwood, MO.
This school of championship irish step-dancers perform at various locations in the St. Louis area throughout the year.
Instructor: Paul Mayer, T.C.R.G.
Visit http://www.mayerschool.com for more information
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Medieval Dancing: Barony of Three Rivers
Thursdays
Meets at Olivette Community Center at 9723 Grandview Dr, Olivette MO 63132. Dancers can dance from 6 pm until the business meeting for the SCA at 7 PM. Then resume dancing after 7:30. Occasional live music. Dances always taught prior to dancing. No partner required
Visit www.threeriver.org or email tkroberts@toast.net or call 314-849-3891
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Saint Louis English Country Dancers
Second Fridays, Fourth Mondays
English Country Dancing from the 1600s and 1700s to live music of The Original Speckled Band on Mondays at Focal Point, 2720 Sutton Blvd (just south of Manchester) in Maplewood or on Fridays at Brentwood Congregational United Church of Christ, 2400 S. Brentwood, at the corner of Brentwood and Eulalie (across from Walgreens).

SPECIAL EVENT on Sat, April 30th: Playford Ball (Fancy dress, YOUR definition), First Congregational UCC, 6501 Wydown Blvd.

Regular dances:
Fri., Oct. 14th - Brentwood UCC
Mon., Oct. 24th - Focal Point - Hallowe'en Hat Dance
Friday, Nov. 11 - Brentwood UCC
Monday, Nov. 28 - Focal Point
Friday, Dec. 9 - 1st Congregational UCC (6501 Wydown) - Holiday Dance
Monday, Dec. 26 - no dance
Special event:
Saturday, Jan. 7 - Old Christmas Grand Dance, Focal Point, Fancy Dress
(your definition), $18 (students $10).
All dances are taught. Workshop 7:00 p.m., dancing 7:30-9:30 p.m. Admission is $8.00 (students $5.00).
To find out more, visit www.stlecd.org, Phone: Paul Stamler, 314-664-9207, e-mail pstamler@pobox.com
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Shape Note Singing in Columbia, MO
Second & Fourth Tuesdays
Experienced singers and beginners are welcome! Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1600 W. Rollins Rd. at Manor Dr. at 7:30 pm.
For information call Wendy Hofmann at (573) 446-1075.
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St. Louis African Chorus
Tuesdays and Thursdays, By appointment only
Song, dance and drumming from authentic African traditions. For adults and children. Call to audition or to receive a newsletter.
Ablawa Reine conducts After-School Cultural Exchange dance workshops and French language immersion programs at the Marian Middle School and the St Louis Language Immersion Schools.
For information call 314-652-6800 or visit www.AfricanChorus.org
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St. Louis Irish Arts
Mondays,Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Regular classes in Irish music, song and dance for children and adults
are held each Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at Immaculate Conception School 2934 Marshall in Maplewood, Missouri.
Read our article from Nov 1996 about this group.
Visit www.slia.org or Call Helen Gannon at 314-849-1662 for more information.
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St. Louis Irish Set Dancers
3rd Mondays
TRY SOMETHING NEW! Irish Set Dancing at Focal Point, 2720 Sutton in Maplewood.
No partner or experience required and all dances will be taught clearly and easily. Only $4.

Irish set dancing is an energetic, fun style. Four couples align in a square formation and do a series of moves as directed. Many of these moves will be familiar to dancers who have done contra and/or square dance. The music will be energetic jigs, reels, or hornpipes. This will be part of a monthly series of Irish Set Dancing lessons. No need to sign up for the series, come any night you can. Set dances taught by Erin Goss, ceili dances by Deborah Hyland
Contact: Deborah Hyland djeh_b@yahoo.com (314) 776-2763
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The Capering Roisters Morris Dancing
Mondays
Morris team practices and performs Morris dances--Old English ritual dances from
the Cotswold hills. The few references in written history indicate these
high-energy dances were performed at the change of seasons and at other
community events. Anyone interested in dancing or playing music is invited to attend one of the weekly practices.
Pictures from Midsummer 2002
See the article from March 1997
Contact: www.caperingroisters.org
Call John Long at 314-647-1804 for information.
john.long@caperingroisters.org
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American Folk Dances (Contra, squares)
Cajun Dancing to live music
NEW rotating schedule! (Date changes or special band appearances visit www.dancindonna.com)
WEDNESDAY Dec 13 is the Holiday Cajun Dance @ Focal Point (Maplewood, MO)
WHO? Backdoor Cajuns - Dennis Stroughmatt, Rob Krumm & Doug Hawf.
TIME? Dancing to 'live' music, 8-10pm
COST? $15.00
LESSON? A short Cajun 2-step lesson at 7:30pm
FOLKS, no partner necessary. JUST SHOW up, learn the dance, and enjoy the fun!
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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, http://childgrove.org or email meedwards@westendweb.com

Sun Nov 5
Band Volo Bogtrotters
Caller Mac McKeever

Sun Nov 12
Band. Rare Privilege
Caller. Jim Hemphill

Sat Nov 18
Band. Dugout Canoé
Caller. Fred Park

Sun Nov 26
Band. Ellen Gomez
Caller. Bob Green

Sun Dec 3
Band. Root Diggers
Caller. Ted Steele

Sun Dec 10
Band. Roger Netherton
Caller. Jim Hemphill

Sat Dec 16
Band. Cosmic Otters
Caller. Lauren Peckman

Sun Dec 24. No Dance

Sun Dec 31
NEW YEARS EVE DANCE
Call Mac McKeever at 636-537-1643 or Visit www.childgrove.org
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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 www.sites.google.com/site/capecontradance/cape-girardeau-mo
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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 bsibert2001@yahoo.com
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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 www.kcbarndance.org.
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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 http://www.childgrove.org/schedules/regional-dances/elsah for schedule.
For more info, contact Eric Schreiber at 618-374-2024 or email twoviolins@surfglobal.net
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Greater St. Louis Square Dance Federation
various, always
Many groups listed by www.squaredancemissouri.com
Visit http://www.squaredancemissouri.com/Missouri/StLouis/Schedule/Schedule.htm for schedules
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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 www.lawrencebarndance.org, email info@lawrencebarndance.org, or call 913-865-FOLK or 785-749-1356
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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 http://mmtdcolumbia.org or Phone 573-874-2792 for information and directions.
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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 H.S.in 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 g.eiler@sbcglobal.net
Web site: http://www.singlesanddoubles.org/
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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 www.springfieldcontra.org or Email springfieldcontra@hotmail.com or call 417-683-7544.
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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 www.urbana-contra.org
or call Jonathan at 217-359-8225.
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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, clmelz@sbcglobal.net, www.westcountyspinners.com.

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Germanic Dances
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D'Froehliche Schuhplattler
1st and 3rd Fridays (most months)
Learn traditional Bavarian Folk dances.
Dance to live and recorded music from 7:00-9:00pm, at the Maryland Heights Community Center 2344 McKelvey Rd. Maryland Heights MO. Admission free.
We welcome youth (3 years & older), teenagers and adults.
The dances and outfits we wear are authentic.
We are available to perform in our Bavarian attire at events.
Come join us for lots of fun!
For information call Larry Taake at (314) 293-1668 or visit www.stlouis-schuhplattler.com.
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Nordic Dancers
Second and Fourth Mondays, call for dates
Couple and group dancing from Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland at St. Mark's Lutheran Church at 6325 Clayton. Beginners from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Intermediate from 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. Call to verify dance time. Dance to a mixture of live and recorded music. No partner needed and most dances are taught and walked through beforehand. Leather-soled shoes are recommended.
Email couture@primarynet.com or call Nancy and Rex at 314-275-8228.
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Scandinavian Bygdedans
Usually First Sundays
Intermediate to advanced Scandinavian couples and group dancing with both live
and recorded music. No partner is necessary and most dances are taught and walked through beforehand. Since many of the couples dances are turning dances, leather-soled shoes are recommended. (see the St. Louis Spelmanslag group)
Call for location.

International Couple dancing, Sundays from 6:45 to 9pm:
Jan 29, Feb 26, March 26, April 30, May 21


Scandinavian Bygdedans, Sundays from 6:45 to 9pm
Jan 15, Feb. 12, March 12, April 9 and May 7
Visit www.stlouisfolkdance.org or
email couture3@primarynet.com or call Nancy and Rex at 314-275-8228.
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St. Louis Metro Polka Club
Fourth Sundays
The St Louis Metro Polka Club is dedicated to the promotion of polka music. Regular monthly busness meetings are held at 2p.m. and followed by a dance to live music, 3-6:30p.m. Meetings and dances held at Polish Hall 826 Greenwood Street, Madison, IL. Admission is $6. A variety of polkas, waltzes, obereks, kolos, schottisches, line dances and some ballroom steps are done. Please step lively and join us for a monthly dance.
NOTE: Videos of our events are posted to YouTube and are linked on our website.

Monthly Dances, 4th Sundays!
SUN Jan 22: Mike Wisneski's Polka Connection.
CELEBRATE National Polka Month - FREE -
Attend the meeting which begins at 2PM.
Dancing begins a little before 3:00-6:30PM
SUN Feb 26: Larry Haller's Two Star Final, Monthly Dance $7, 3:00-6:30PM
SUN Mar 26: Button Box Club Monthly Dance $7, 3:00-6:30PM
Contact Ann Meyer at 314-741-5777 or visit http://www.folkfire.org/polka/
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Other European Dances
Czech Dancing
Spring & Fall Festivals
Featuring live music by Joe Polach and Czech Express at the American Czech center, 4690 Landsdowne at Kingshighway.
For info call 314 752-8168 or Joe Polach at 314-846-7335
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Greek Dancing
Most Sundays
Greek line and circle dances set to recorded music with occasional singing and playing of instruments by participants. Sunday, 7:00-9:00 PM at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 1755 Des Peres Road (Go to 270 and Manchester and Des Peres Road South.)
Call Dean Bellos, 314-351-3302 for more information
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International Folk Dancing
Every Saturday evening from 7:30 to 10:45 pm.
SPECIAL EVENT! International Folk Dance Association (IFDA).
Jan 15-17, 2016 Romanian dance workshop with Sonia Dion and Cristian Florescu.

The International Folk Dance Association of University City sponsors folk dancing from around the world, with recorded music, at University United Methodist Church at 6901 Washington Ave. in University City (St. Louis), Missouri. The church is on the corner of Washington and Trinity, across Trinity Ave. from the Center of Contemporary Arts (COCA) and reachable from Delmar by turning south next to the Lion Gates. Please try to avoid parking on the residential streets. Walk by the playground in front of the church, and enter by the door at the inner corner of the L-shaped building.

Teaching of advanced lessons begins at 7:30 pm, and 'easy teaching', along with general dancing, commences at 8:00 pm. Admission is $1.00. Dance a variety of line, circle and couples dances. Sessions will start with a beginner's class at 6:30 pm from February 12 onward. No partner is required. Wear comfortable shoes.
See the descriptive FolkFire article from 1997
For more information call 314-786-5098 or visit www.stlouisfolkdance.org or www.facebook.com/groups/IFDASTL/
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International Folk Dancing in Topeka
Saturdays
Bob Shapiro and Elaine O'Gara lead International Folk dancing almost every Saturday from 7-9:30 and some Sunday afternoons. Location is 2637 SE 41st Street, Topeka, KS.

We do dances from 28 different countries with an emphasis on Balkan and Israeli dances. Most dances will be easy for beginners, and a few dances are made easy when other experienced dancers participate.
All levels welcome. No partners needed.

PLEASE do not wear perfume.
Contact: Bob Shapiro ; www.folkdancenotes.com; 785-215-2809; rshapiro11@sbcglobal.net
Elaine O'Gara: 785-215-0968;eogara65@yahoo.com
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World Dance (other)
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Aalim Middle Eastern Folk and Belly Dancing
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, Call
Aalim Dance Academy offers weekly classes in authentic Middle-Eastern folk dancing and the ancient art of belly dancing. A fun way to exercise and benefit body and the mind. Beginner through advanced classes are offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
Call For info call Salwa at (314) 961-3790 or visit www.aalimdanceco.com.
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Arts Academy of Bharata
Call for Schedule
AAHBA offers classes and designs programs for St Louis and beyond representing classical and devotional music and dance from India. AAHBA designs Bharata Natayam & creative dances, visual arts & wisdom literature.
For more information call 314-791-3976 or AABHA@aol.com
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Belly Dance Mirage
Weekly (see website for details
Women of all shapes, sizes, and abilities are invited to learn belly dance with us. Our dance classroom is a supportive and friendly environment, free of embarrassment and competition. Please wear stretchy or loose fitting clothing. You do not have to show your belly. Many students find wearing a scarf around their hips helps to define their movements. For a detailed schedule of class days and times, visit www.bellydancemirage.com/Site/Classes.html
For info call (314) 995-2646 or visit our website.
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Belly Dance with Nisaa
See Website
Experience the art of Middle Eastern dance! Nisaa is a St. Louis-based instructor and performer specializing in belly dance and folkloric dance styles of the Middle East. Nisaa offers quality instruction in several formats, including group classes, private lessons, seminars, and workshops. Group classes are offered in a variety of proficiency levels - from beginner through advanced - so whether you're brand new to Middle Eastern dance, or an experienced student looking to improve her skills, Nisaa has a class for you! Group classes are provided at two locations: Nisaa's studio (located at 3904 Flad Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110) and St. Charles Community College.
Visit www.bellydancewithnisaa.com email nisaa@bellydancewithnisaa.com or phone 314-599-0506
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Dances of India
Weekends
Learn exotic, beautiful dances of India, and its culture and customs. Indian folk dance includes Bharat Natyam and Kuchi-Pudi.
All ages welcome. Classes for beginners to advanced. Private lessons are also available. Classes held at Dimensions Dance Studio located at 1201 North Warson Road. Students should wear loose, comfortable clothing.
For information call Asha Prem at 314-997-0911 or visit www.dancesofindiastlouis.org
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Dances of Universal Peace
Group No Longer Meeting
Share the sacred songs and movements from a variety of different traditions-Sufi, Christian, Jewish, Islamic, Pagan, Zoroastrian, Buddhist, Hindu, Native American, African. Simple lyrics and steps with live music. Join in the Dance from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Unity Christ Church, 33 N. Skinker (at Forsyth). A small donation ($5.00) is requested but not required.
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English Country Dancers of the Metro East
Dancing one Tuesday night per month
NEW! ECD for the Metro East suburbs of St. Louis.
Summer dance series ~ June, July, August 2015
Gender-free dances called to recorded music.
Focus on fun for all! Contact ECD4ME.org
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FolkFire Events
SAT, NOV 18, 1-5PM @ Stone Hill Winery
Swampweed Cajun Dance Hall Band!
Cover? Non-perishable food item, donated for food shelf. Gotta' love this!
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Hawaiian Polynesian Revue
Call for Schedule
Hawaiian Polynesian Revue is an authentic,
traditional, multicultural dance troupe, doing dances of Samoa, Tahiti, Hawaii,
and New Zealand (Maori). Classes for Polynesian dance are held every Saturday
morning at 9:00 AM at Creative Dance at Patterson Plaza in Florissant. Classes are open to men, women and children of all ages. We are also interested in contacting people in the St. Louis area of Polynesian descent. Those interested should wear lightweight, comfortable clothing and bring their bare feet!

Read the article from July 96 about this group.
Call Linda Evans at 314-921-1817 for more information.
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Hispanic Cultural Dancers
Call for info
Perform dances from Bolivia, Honduras, Panama, and other South American countries.
Call 314-837-5746 for location and schedule
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International Couple Dancing
Usually twice a month on Sundays. Dates, times, and places are subject to change,
Scandinavian and International Couple Dancing:

Scandinavian Bygdedans, Sundays from 6:45 to 9pm:
Sunday Jan 10 at 6:45pm
Monday Feb 8 at 7pm

International Couple dancing, Sundays from 6:45 to 9pm:
Sunday Jan 24 at 6:45pm
Sunday Feb 21 at 6:45pm
SPECIAL EVENT! Sunday Jan 17, 1-3pm, Romanian Couple dance workshop with Sonia Dion and Cristian Florescu. Visit www.stlouisfolkdance.org for workshop informatio
Authentic European folk dances. No partner necessary. Most dances taught beforehand. Leather-soled shoes recommended. Call for location.
For info call Nancy and Rex at 314 786-5098 or e-mail couture3@primary.net or visit www.stlouisfolkdance.org
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Israeli Folk Dancing
Thursday evenings, except on Jewish Holidays
Classic and new Israeli folk dances taught and danced. Circle and line dances. No partner needed. Beginners/easy/classics taught and danced 8-9 p.m. Intermediate/advanced dances 9-11 p.m. Teens through senior citizens.
At Traditional Congregation, 12437 Ladue Rd., Creve Coeur MO. $5 per person. Open to all skill levels.
See FolkFire's descriptive article from March 1997.
More info at: www.israelidancing-stl.com, email gloriasb@swbell.net or or call 314-569-1333.
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Midwest United Swing Dance Imperial Club (M.U.S.I.C.)
2nd & 4th Sundays every month
NEW PRESIDENT AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS!
Meet 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month at
VFW, 1234 Vandalia St, Collinsville, IL 62234

NO partner needed. All ages and level of dance experience welcome.
Doors open at 5:00p. Lessons 5:30-6:30p, free with paid admission! Open dancing 6:30 -9:30.

Lessons in Swing 1, Swing 2, Swing 3 and an Instructors Choice bonus lesson. (Bonus Lessons have included social waltz, Nightclub 2 Step, Salsa, Country 2 Step, San Antonio stroll.)

http://musicswingdance.com/
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Prayerful Circle Dances
Call for Days
Simple, prayerful dances anyone can dance. All faiths are welcome. No prior dance experience is necessary. For inner and outer peace, harmony of body and spirit and celebration of life. Held at the Mercy Center, 2039 North Geyer Road between Clayton Road and Manchester Blvd. 7:15-9:15 PM. Admission is $5.00.
See the article from March 97
Call Mary Lou 314-227-9911 for information
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Rhythms in Anoa Dance Theatre
Tuesdays & Thursdays, Wednesday drumming
Learn traditional West African dances of Mali. Youths (ages 5 yrs.and up) and adults from 5:30 to 7:00 PM. Cost is $5.00. Dancing is to both live and taped drums. Classes are held at West End Community Center, 724 North Union between Delmar and Enwright, in the dance studio on the second floor. Classes are $5 each.
Bring plenty of water to drink. Women should wear a t-shirt or leotard top and should bring enough fabric to wrap once around their waist. Men should wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothes.
Wednesdays: West Afrikan percussion classes will be taught by Weedie Braimah, 6-8pm, also at the West End Community Center. Classes will be $10 each, with a $4 fee for drum rentals.
Call DeBorah Ahmed at 314-367-3440 for information.
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Simone's Seventh Veil
Call for Schedules
This dance group teaches Middle Eastern belly dancing to recorded music. Anyone can learn this ancient dance form.
Call 314-984-8008 for locations and schedule
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Tandava Tribal Bellydance
Mondays
American Tribal Style (ATS) Bellydance is art in motion. It is a fusion of many different dance forms including Middle Eastern, traditional Indian, and flamenco. The primary characteristic of ATS is group improvisation. It celebrates the female form in all its beautiful shapes and sizes, and promotes community among women. It is also a low-impact way to develop strength and flexibility. No matter what your experience level is, if you love to dance or you're just looking for a new and fun way to get fit, come join us and embrace your inner goddess!
ATS Fundamentals Monday Evenings 7:00-8:00
Visit www.atsbellydancestl.com call 314-398-8184 or email atsdancer@charter.net
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Ballroom Dances
Gateway Tango
Group No Longer Meeting
Sponsors tango instructors from Buenos Aires, NYC and elsewhere. Visiting artists reside in St. Louis for several months. Group classes, workshops, private lessons and tango related events available several times each week. Learn to tango and dance socially at milongas around town each month. Special
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Los Flamencos
Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays
Flamenco dance lessons are offered on
Saturdays at Just Dancing, 141 and Manchester

All levels taught.
For more information call Beth at 314-954-5594 email losflamencos@yahoo.com or visit www.los-flamencos.com
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St. Louis Ballroom Dancers
See Website
Weekly group lessons from beginner to advanced levels, 6 week sessions. Monthly dances at Kirkwood Community Center. Dates vary; see website for dance information.
Visit www.stlouisballroomdancers.com. Contact the President at 314-314-984-8084 or stlouisballroomdancers@gmail.com
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Waltz Parties
Sundays after 3rd Saturdays
Waltz Party
Sundays after 3rd Saturdays
February 21, March 20 and April 17, 2016

An elegant evening of waltz, tango, schottische, polka and ragtime dances to the beautiful music of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Lesson from 6-7:00 p.m. Dancing from 7-9:00 p.m. Live music by Halcyon Light Orchestra at the Monday Club, 37 S. Maple, Webster Groves. $10.00 per person. No partner required, dressy attire, all ages and levels of dance experience welcome. For more information see: http://childgrove.org/waltz

For more information see: http://www.childgrove.org/schedules/waltz-parties
or Contact Martha Edwards at meedwards@westendweb.com
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Participatory Music Jams
Acoustic Music Jam in St. Peters
Wednesdays
This group offers a comfortable environment for playing any acoustic instrument and singing. Meets Wednesday 7-9pm. Cost $3.
St. Peters Community Arts Center
One St. Peters Centre Blvd.
St. Peters, MO
For info contact Tom at 636-866-5343 or email tom_pini@yahoo.com
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Bluegrass and Classic Country Music Jam in Troy, Missouri
Every Thursday 5:15 to 8:30 pm
Come to Krumbly Burger Restaurant, 70 Front Street, Troy, MO 63379.
This is a jam, everybody welcome to join in.
Contact Tom Pini, 636-866-5343 or email: tom_pini@yahoo.com
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Cahokia Bluegrass Shack Acoustic Jam
Alternating Tuesdays
Bluegrass, gospel and old country. All skill levels welcome. Everybody gets a turn if they want one. Jams are every other Tuesday and start at 7:30 p.m.
Visit http://www.folkjam.org/recurring-jam/us/illinois/new-athens/bluegrass-shack-acoustic-jam or call 618-475-3678.
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Missouri Fiddlers & Country Music Association
SPECIAL EVENT!
Nov 8: Jam Session in Room 300, Kirkwood Community Ctr, 1-4pm
Dec 12: Annual Christmas Party, Kirkwood Community Ctr (west gym), noon-4pm
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Native American Flute Circle of St. Louis
Third Sundays
Flute Circle meets third Sunday of the month at 1:30 p.m. If you have a flute please bring it, or you can just come to enjoy and listen. Location varies so please see the website for meeting information and location.
For info visit http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/nafcirclestlouis or email markhllnd@yahoo.com
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Shape Note Singing
First, Third and Fifth Mondays
St. Louis Shape Note Singers sing an a capella style of music featuring strong harmonies and poetry.
All are welcome. No experience needed.
Also, check out nearby singings on 2nd and 4th Tuesday evenings in Columbia, MO and on most 2nd Saturday afternoons near Bowling Green MO.

For information go to http://www.stlfasola.org. Call Dave at 314-776-7477 or email Paul at stlfasola@stlfasola.org
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St. Louis Harmony Chorus
Tuesdays
The St. Louis Harmony Chorus is made up of women of all ages, all walks of life, and all parts of the Bi-state area. Women just like you! We rehearse every Tuesday night at:
1st Presbyterian Church
100 East Adams
Kirkwood, MO 63122-4019
Rehearsals start at 7:30pm
Visit www.stlharmony.org for more info
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St. Louis Spelmanslag
generally Wednesday evenings
Musicians of all instruments and abilities with an interest in the folk music of the Scandinavian countries are invited to play with the Spelmanslag.

We generally meet at member's homes on Wednesday evenings. The Spelmanslag also plays for the Scandinavian Bygdedans dancers, the Nordic Dancers, and at various ethnic festivals.
For information contact Paul Russell at
pldrssll@gmail.com
or 314-757-1482.
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