Contra dance – Friday, January 17, 2014


photo of dance callers John and Kathy Coffman

John and Kathy Coffman. Photo by Babs Bakie.

The band Old Reunion (led by master fiddler John White, with fine musicians Jim Ruth on banjo, Heinrich Leonhard on guitar, and Kathy Gordon on bass) will provide the music for Mid-Missouri Traditional Dancers’ (MMTD) first dance of the new year on Friday, January 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Ballroom Academy of Columbia, 3910 Peachtree Drive. John and Kathy Coffman will call the dances for the evening. Admission for the public is $8; students and ages 16-25, $5; with free admittance for children 15 and under.

MMTD’s dances are fun, community-oriented events that do not require prior dance experience. Individuals of all ages are welcome, as well as couples and groups. Every dance is taught and called throughout the evening to live music. Beginners are encouraged to come to an introductory lesson at 7:00 p.m. Dancers should wear lightweight, comfortable clothing andsoft-soled or leather-soled shoes to preserve the floor—no spike heels or cowboy boots. (Please carry-in appropriate dance shoes as needed.)

MMTD sponsors regular contra and English Country dances throughout the year. For more information, call 573-874-6814.

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