Dance Weekend 2018

Spring Breakdown 2018, March 16-18

Earlybird Tickets are on sale online now at eventbrite.  If you prefer to mail your registration, print our brochure and return to the address indicated on the brochure.  Tickets are always available at the door as well.

We are very excited to announce that Lift Ticket with musicians Rex Blazer (Fiddle), Jeffrey Spero (Keyboard), T.J. Crow (Mandolin), and Ness Smith-Savedoff (Percussion) will be playing for Spring Breakdown 2018! Lift Ticket is high energy and innovative playing together now for 7 years.  Beth Molaro, who is noted for her high energy and enthusiastic calling, has a unique vocal style that blends singing  with the calling, providing both clarity and musical integrity.  We will be back in the fabulous Kimball Ballroom in Lela Raney Wood Hall (6 N. College Avenue) on Stephens College campus, near downtown Columbia, Missouri. And to make sure everyone sounds their very best, we are lucky to have Sam Griffin on sound.

The weekend includes a callers’ workshop Friday, dances on Friday & Saturday evenings; dance workshops during the day on Saturday; after-dance socials; and more dancing and a brunch on Sunday. Please see the schedule page for times and locations.

Callers’ Workshop — Beth Molaro will be teaching a five-hour callers’ workshop on Friday, March 16th, 10 am to 3 pm. Preregistration is required.  Adults – $30, Students – $20.  Please note this workshop is the only activity being held at First Presbyterian Church, 16 Hitt St, Columbia, MO. All other activities will be held at Kimball Ballroom.

Pre-registration. Register by March 5 to get the discounted weekend rate, which includes all dances and the Saturday workshops.  A printable registration form for Spring Breakdown 2018 will be available soon, as will online registration  – after December 11th.  Please check back!  You can also pre-register for individual events or pay at the door.

Hotels and Home Hospitality.  There is a high school basketball tournament in town this weekend, so make your hotel reservations early! Limited home hospitality will be available.

Map showing the location of the Kimball Ballroom and other weekend events.

Schedule of Events. Come early and enjoy the callers’ workshop Friday during the day. Then dance your cares away Friday evening through Sunday afternoon.

Want to help out? It takes many people working many hours to put together a great dance weekend like Spring Breakdown! Contact Odell Newkirk, Spring Breakdown Chair. We need folks to help at the registration table, after-dance receptions, and the Sunday brunch.

The Ballroom.  We are once again privileged to dance in the fabulous Kimball Ballroom, thanks in large part to financial assistance provided by the City of Columbia Office of Cultural Affairs and the Missouri Arts Council. Without this assistance and the hard work of MMTD board members who spent untold hours preparing funding applications and writing reports, we would not be able to afford this gorgeous venue.

This Map of “The District” shows downtown Columbia and lists local attractions and businesses within easy walking distance of Spring Breakdown.

If you have questions, or need more information about the weekend, please contact Odell Newkirk, Spring Breakdown Chair.