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MMTD Events:

Contra Dance – Friday, October 20

2018 Spring Breakdown Dance Weekend information will be coming soon.

2017 Spring Breakdown Dance Weekend photos and videos are available on our Spring Breakdown Community page on Facebook!  You can also see the coverage KOMU did of the event there or click here.  If you have photos or videos from the event we encourage you to share them there as well, so everyone can enjoy the memories!

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Contra Dance – Friday, October 20

Contra Dance – Friday, October 20.  Come join us Friday, October 20 for a contra dance at our new location, 3906 Peachtree Drive (old location was 3910 Peachtree Drive).  We’ll be dancing to a lively mix of traditional, old-time, celtic, folk and bluegrass music performed by the River Ridge String Band from Jefferson City.  Band members are Cliff and Molly White, John Cunning, and Charlie Nelson. Instrumentation includes hammered dulcimer, guitar, banjo, mandolin, bodhran and other folk percussion.

Beginners are encouraged to come to an introductory lesson at 7:00 p.m.  Dancing starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Ballroom Academy of Columbia, 3906 Peachtree Drive.  Admission is $8 for the public, $5 for students and ages 16-25, with free admittance for children 15 and under.

No dance experience is needed and folks of all ages are welcome! No partner is necessary, as dancers switch partners for most dances. Every dance is taught and called throughout the evening to live music. Dancers should wear lightweight, comfortable clothing and soft-soled or leather-soled shoes to preserve the floor—no spike heels or cowboy boots. (Please carry-in appropriate dance shoes as needed.)

As there is less seating than at the old location you may want to bring a folding chair. Be sure that it is one with legs that will not damage the dance floor.

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English Country Dance – Friday, Oct. 13

English Country Dance – Friday, Oct. 13 This Fall’s season of MMTD’s English Country Dance begins this Friday, Oct. 13th! THERE WILL BE SOME CHANGES.  Our master caller, Jim Thaxter, will be doing all the calling and teaching. This year we will be using recorded music instead of a live band. The music will have the same feel as the live band with some tunes stately or courtly, some lively, and some playful, with compositions ranging from the 1600s through the present.

Beginners are encouraged to come to an introductory lesson at 7:00 p.m.  The dance starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1600 W. Rollins Road (at the intersection of Maplewood Dr. and Rollins), which is between West Blvd. and Stadium Blvd. a bit east of Russel School. Click here for a map.  Price of admission is being lowered to $5 for the public, $3 for students/youth ages 16-25, and free for children 15 and under.

MMTD dances are fun, community-oriented events. All are welcome, no dance experience is necessary.  Come alone (no partner is needed) or with a friend. Couples and groups are welcome, too.  Every dance is taught and called throughout the evening to live music. Dancers should wear lightweight, comfortable clothing and soft-soled or leather-soled shoes to preserve the floor—no spike heels or cowboy boots.

Mid-Missouri Traditional Dancers sponsors regular contra and English Country Dances throughout the year. English dances are supported by the City of Columbia Office of Cultural Affairs.

For a complete schedule and more information, visit mmtdcolumbia.org or call 573-825-4698.

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Contra Dance – Friday, October 6

Contra Dance – Friday, October 6  Come join us Friday, October 6 for a contra dance at our new location, 3906 Peachtree Drive (old location was 3910 Peachtree Drive).  You can see the location on this map:
http://goo.gl/maps/YWLf6.  We’ll be dancing to the dynamic and energetic music of  32 Bartenders, With Tom Verdot on fiddle and banjo, Rebecca Logan on flute and penny whistle, Thom Howard on guitar and mandolin, and Marcie McGuire on piano. Caller Jim Thaxter will add excellent calling for the evening.

Dancing starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Ballroom Academy of Columbia, 3906 Peachtree Drive.  Beginners are encouraged to come to an introductory lesson at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $8 for the public, $5 for students and ages 16-25, with free admittance for children 15 and under.

No dance experience is needed and folks of all ages are welcome! No partner is necessary, as dancers switch partners for most dances. Every dance is taught and called throughout the evening to live music. Dancers should wear lightweight, comfortable clothing and soft-soled or leather-soled shoes to preserve the floor—no spike heels or cowboy boots. (Please carry-in appropriate dance shoes as needed.)

As there is less seating than at the old location you may want to bring a folding chair. Be sure that it is one with legs that will not damage the dance floor.

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Contra Dance – Friday, September 29

Contra Dance – Friday, September 29  It’s officially Fall and it’s officially the start of our Fall 2017 contra dance season! Join us this Friday, September 29 for our first contra dance at our new location, 3906 Peachtree Drive (old location was 3910 Peachtree Drive).  You can see the location on this map:
http://goo.gl/maps/YWLf6.  We’ll be dancing to the dynamic and energetic music of Snort T Horse, with Cathy Barton on hammered dulcimer and banjo, Dave Para on guitar, Tenley Hansen on keyboards, and Michael Fraser on fiddle. Caller Claire Baffaut will add excellent calling for the evening.

Dancing starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Ballroom Academy of Columbia, 3906 Peachtree Drive.  Beginners are encouraged to come to an introductory lesson at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $8 for the public, $5 for students and ages 16-25, with free admittance for children 15 and under.

No dance experience is needed and folks of all ages are welcome! No partner is necessary, as dancers switch partners for most dances. Every dance is taught and called throughout the evening to live music. Dancers should wear lightweight, comfortable clothing and soft-soled or leather-soled shoes to preserve the floor—no spike heels or cowboy boots. (Please carry-in appropriate dance shoes as needed.)

As there is less seating than at the old location you may want to bring a folding chair. Be sure that it is one with legs that will not damage the dance floor.

Season passes will be available for sale at the dance. Buying a pass gets you one free dance and you won’t have to worry about bringing payment each time!

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Music Jam & Dance at the Heritage Festival – Saturday, September 16

Dance at Boonslick stage, 4-4:50 pm: Here is a another great opportunity for us to show the public what we can do and how much fun we have. We are to perform at the Heritage Festival Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 4:00 – 4:50 pm at the Nifong Park, 3700 Ponderosa St. (Hwy 63 & AC/Grindstone Parkway). We are lucky to be in the shade of the Boonslick stage this year. The weather forecast for that day is a high of 87, mostly sunny. Everyone is welcome!

 

Folk Music Jam in honor of John White, 2-4 pm at the Maplewood Home Yard Stage. In August our music and dance community lost one of our beloved members–John White. He was an extraordinary fiddle player and had organized the Hallsville Jam and Square Dance event that has been going on for almost 2 decades (and continues!).

This folk music jam, also part of the Heritage Festival, will convene on the Maplewood Home Yard Stage and will be dedicated to him. Come out to play (or listen, or even dance) and celebrate his memory and all he did to contribute to our music and dance communities.

Shuttle parking is available: take Discovery Parkway exit west off Highway 63. Shuttle lots will be available at the Gans Creek Recreation Area, 3360 E. Gans Rd., near Nifong Park. Shuttles will drop you off at the Walters-Boone County Museum  at the entrance of Nifong Park.
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Potluck and Contra Dance – Friday, September 15

Join us for the beginning of the Fall season of dancing with a potluck and dance at Columbia’s Cosmo Park, in the Dexheimer Shelter, on Friday, September 15. The potluck is scheduled for 6:00 pm and will be followed by a dance at 7:00 to the music of fiddler Will Scherer and friends. Calling will be provided by MMTD dance callers. All are welcome at this free event!

Mark your calendars now for our first dance at our NEW location, which will be Friday, September 29. We’ll be just around the corner from the old location, at the relocated Ballroom Academy of Columbia.  The new address is 3906 Peachtree Dr, Suite E. (Same building as Bower’s Chiropractic and Cheer.)  See the full Fall schedule here.

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Celebration of Life Service for John White

One our favorite dance musicians, John White, passed away on Saturday, August 12. He regularly played for our MMTD contra dances with his band Nine Mile with David Cavins, Amber Gaddy and Jim Ruth. He is also the person who organized the Hallsville Square Dances for so many years. His fondest wish was for them to continue after he was gone.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel at 2:00 p.m.Saturday, August 19, followed by a reception with a “Jam Session” to honor John’s life. A visitation will from at 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.Friday, August 18, at the Chapel.
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