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Contra Dance – Friday, November 17

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, November 17

Contra Dance – Friday, November 17.  Come join us Friday, November 17th for a contra dance at our new location, 3906 Peachtree Drive (old location was 3910 Peachtree Drive). Our lively music will be provided by the band Three Around Three, a Columbia band whose members include Pippa Letsky on fiddle, Cliff White on guitar, and Bill Foley on banjo. Music includes old time traditional tunes, Irish, and original tunes.

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.)

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English Country Dance – Friday, Nov. 10th

English Country Dance – Friday, Nov. 10 This Fall’s season of MMTD’s English Country Dance begins this Friday, Nov. 10th! 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, November 3

Contra Dance – Friday, November 3.  Come join us Friday, November 3rd for a contra dance at our new location, 3906 Peachtree Drive (old location was 3910 Peachtree Drive). Our lively music will be provided by the Blackberry Pickers, a band from Hermann and the St Louis area.  Band members include Kathryn Render on banjo and fiddle, Ronnie Schuppan on fiddle, Crystal Craig on guitar, and Steve Craig on banjo and hammered dulcimer.

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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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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