Contra Dance – Friday, May 5

We once again welcome special out-of-town musical guests* for our contra dance on Friday, May 5, when Snor T Horse will play, with Paula McFarling calling! Snor T Horse is composed of Cathy Barton, Dave Para, Tenley Hansen, and Mike Fraser. Banjoist and hammer dulcimer player Cathy Barton and guitarist Dave Para are acclaimed for their variety and expertise in both vocal and instrumental styles. Their more than 35 years of playing together have taken them to festivals, clubs, concert halls, schools and recording and media studios across the United States and five European tours. They also performed for many years on the riverboat Delta Queen.

Fiddler Mike Fraser and keyboardist Tenley Hansen specialize in high-energy music rooted in Celtic and old-time traditions. Mike has strong ties to the Ozarks, where he also apprenticed under the legendary Ozark fiddler Bob Holt. Keyboardist Tenley Hansen is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who spent much of her life in Kansas City and. She was a musical stage performer before she moved into folk music.

The contra dance starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Ballroom Academy of Columbia, 3910 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.

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. No partner is needed. Every dance is taught and called throughout the evening.  Dancers should wear lightweight, comfortable clothing and soft-soled or leather-soled shoes to preserve the floor.

For more information, email or call 573-825-4698.

*Funding for the “Bring Them Home” series is provided by the Columbia Office of Cultural Affairs. The series showcases the current generation of master fiddlers and accompanists who are an integral part of Missouri’s community dance tradition, but are rarely heard in the Columbia area.


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