What’s New:

NEW: September 17 Potluck and Dance at Dexheimer Shelter Cancelled

NEW: All Hands In Dance, September 11

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We hope that you and your loved ones are safe and continue to be so. We look forward to the time when we can dance in person again!

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All Hands In Contra Dance, September 11

Raccoon Carnival w/Don Veino

Saturday, September 11, Doors at 6:30PM, dance from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Central

MMTD is joining forces with communities across North America to produce All Hands In, a virtual contra dance event open to dancers world-wide.

The Raccoon Carnival is a 15-member contra dance band from the Seattle area, playing guitars, mandolins, a bass, a whole lot of fiddles, and a few surprises! Band leader and fiddler Sarah Comer herds the raccoons through the tunes, these days in a virtual format. To stay together through the pandemic, the Raccoon Carnival moved online, recording sets by layering videos together one at a time to create the band’s big sound. Hope you enjoy the Carnival!

Our featured caller is Don Veino of Massachusetts. Don brings joy to dancers through clear teaching and calling. He is a prolific & innovative dance composer as well as an organizer and volunteer for dance related groups. Don strives for that perfect concoction of rhythm, harmony and flow which lifts the spirits of all in the hall.

To attend the dance, click on the following link: 

http://contradance.link/allhandsin

Doors open for tunes and socializing at 6:30PM Central, with the dance beginning promptly at 7:00PM Central.

Recommended donation for the musicians is $10 (more if you can; less if you can’t.) All of our callers and helpers are volunteering, to help our musicians during a difficult time. You can make your donation to our musicians at this link: https://contradance.link/donation. The band has put in a tremendous amount of work preparing this set of tunes specifically for our dance, so please give generously.

All Hands In is held weekly on Saturday nights at 7PM Central, hosted by Atlanta (1st Saturdays), Toronto and friends (2nd Saturdays), Glen Echo (3rd Saturdays), and Mt. Airy (4th Saturdays.)

See you at the dance!

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Annual Potluck and Dance at Dexheimer Shelter Cancelled

After careful consideration, the MMTD board has decided to cancel our annual season opening potluck dance at Dexheimer shelter this year. Due to current COVID case counts and advice from CDSS, this is just the best thing to do. While all of us are anxious to return to in-person dancing, the MMTD board feels strongly that we do not want to “push the envelope.”The current, tentative plan is to have virtual events on our regular schedule (1st, 3rd and 5th Fridays) until we feel it is safe to return to in-person dancing. Please watch this space and your email for further information on these events. We will get there, and we appreciate your patience, so that we can ensure a safe and happy return for all.

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Concert with Paul Fotsch, Friday, June 25

Join us Friday, June 25, at 7:30 PM, for an evening with long time local musician, Paul Fotsch. Paul toured nationally for 25 years as part of Paul & Win Grace & Family. He has played at places as diverse as New York’s Lincoln Center, Winfield, The Winnipeg Folk Festival and craft fairs, music festivals, community concerts and other events and dances too numerous to mention. As a solo performer now, he is skilled on the fiddle, guitar, mandolin, octave mandolin and harmonica and has a lifelong love of singing. He brings a vast repertoire of songs and tunes, ranging from traditional old time to more contemporary. He will entertain you with toe-tapping fiddle tunes, silly songs and even lovely ballads. With something old and something new, there’s sure to be something for everyone.

There will be no called dances this evening, but there should be plenty of opportunities to dance along if you are so moved.

The Zoom link to join the event has been sent to the MMTD email list. If you are not receiving our emails and want the link, please send a request to mmtdcolumbia@gmail.com. Or, you can also watch and listen on Facebook live at either our MMTD page: https://www.facebook.com/midmotraditionaldancers or our MMTD group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mmtd.com

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Virtual Concert and Dance: Friday, May 28 with Dave and Amber and calling by Suze St. John

Join us via Zoom for an online concert and dance featuring music by Amber Gaddy and Dave Cavins, and calling to recorded music by Suze St. John. Friday, May 28 at 7:30 PM Central Time.

Amber and Dave are Columbia favorites and a staple of the mid-Missouri old-time music scene. Suze St. John from Arizona has become a Zoom dance calling expert and knows how to communicate dance moves to a wide range of people.

The Zoom link to join the event will be sent to the MMTD email list. If you are not receiving our emails and want the link, please send a request to mmtdcolumbia@gmail.com.

You can watch and listen on Facebook live at either our MMTD page: https://www.facebook.com/midmotraditionaldancers or our MMTD group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mmtd.como

If you haven’t tried online dancing, yet, you should give it a try. You dance in your own living room alone or as a couple with other “ghost” dancers. It works remarkably well and is a lot of fun. It’s not the same as in person dancing, but for the time being, it’s the next best thing! We hope you can join us for this great evening of music and dancing!

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