Contra Dance – Friday, January 31, 2014

CANCELLED DUE TO SLICK ROADS! Stay safe, everyone! See you next Friday, February 7, 2014.

You don’t want to miss the next MMTD contra dance! MU Freshman Roger Netherton, young whiz fiddler from St. Louis will be playing for us, accompanied by Jim Ruth on banjo, Heinrich Leonhard on guitar, and Kathy Gordon on bass. Roger has a great driving sound which will keep your feet tapping even if you’re not dancing!

And as it’s the 5th Friday, there will be calling from the Callers’ Jam featuring Claire Baffaut, Betsy Collins, and Rhett Hartman. These aspiring callers have worked hard honing their skills, and this is their big chance for the real thing! It’s always a lot of fun because they’ve fine-tuned the dances they want to do.

And Sam Griffin, sound engineer, will make sure everyone sounds their very best.

Mid-Missouri Traditional Dancers’ (MMTD) contra dance will be held on Friday, January 31, at 7:30 p.m. at the Ballroom Academy of Columbia, 3910 Peachtree Drive. Admission for the public is $8; students and ages 16-25, $5; with free admittance for children 15 and under.

What better way to warm up on a cold winter night? 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 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.)

MMTD sponsors regular contra and English Country dances throughout the year. For a complete schedule and more information, visit or call 573-874-68.

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