Contra Dance — Friday, April 29, 2011

We are in for a rare treat on Friday, April 29! Don’t miss the next contra dance, with music by Jim and Kim Lansford, joined by Jim Ruth and Kathy Gordon, with Jim Thaxter calling. It has been a long time since Jim and Kim Lansford have played for one of contra dances–and the first time since gaining some notoriety for their roles in the movie Winter’s Bone, Oscar-nominated Ozarks drama and winner of the 2010 Sundance Grand Jury Prize.

Kim and Jim Lansford, Ozark Musicians

The dance will be at the usual time and place: 7 pm lessons, dance 7:30 to 10:30 pm at the First Christian Church, corner of 10th and Walnut in downtown Columbia, north entrance under the driveway canopy. The dances start easy and become somewhat more difficult (but not impossible) as the evening progresses, so if you’re a beginner, come early. All dances are taught and no partner is necessary. Please wear clean soft-soled shoes to protect our gorgeous wooden floor. And most importantly, have fun! Children 15 and under: free (as always); ages16-25 or with student ID: $4; 26 and older: $7, a bargain!

After playing some rousing old-time fiddle tunes for the contra dance on Friday night,  Jim and Kim will head to the river town of Lupus for a concert on Saturday night at the Lupus General Store, where you will be privileged to hear their powerful vocal duet singing, along with their instrumentals.

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