Contra Dance – Friday, May 19

The last dance in our “Bring Them Home” series featuring special music is Friday, May 19, when MMTD will welcome the Campeau Creek Boys. Jim Thaxter will be our caller for the evening.  More about the band: Fred Campeau (from Chicago) plays banjo, fiddle, harmonica, and guitar. As a member of the Volo Bogtrotters, he played music from the string bands of the 1920s and fiddle music from the Midwest.

Guitarist Jim Nelson (from St. Louis) has played with many old-time bands, including the Volo Bogtrotters and the Ill-Mo Boys. It has been said that he knows “everything worth knowing about old-time music,” and he keeps flawless time at contra dances.

Banjoist Jeff Miller, founder of the Folk School in St Louis, plays Scruggs and Clawhammer styles and has taught for many years.

The dance will start 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, and free for children 15 and under.

No dance experience is required. 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: or 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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