Dance Weekend 2019

March 29-31 at Capital Ritz in the Capital City (Jefferson City, MO)

Eventbrite - 18th Annual Spring Breakdown Contra Dance Weekend

We are very excited that STEAM! will be our band for 2019! STEAM brings power, energy, and fun to dance halls around the country. The band is David Firestine (mandolin, bouzouki, and mandola), Alice Boyle (fiddle), Robert Rosenberg (guitar and banjo), and Claire Zucker (bohran, concertina, clogging, and vocals.) STEAM has spent many years jamming for two weeks straight at the Carp Camp of the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield. They love to jam and will be offering a workshop on how to play in a contra band as well as leading jam sessions at the after-dance socials on Friday and Saturday nights. Claire will also be teaching a workshop on clogging on Saturday afternoon.

Capital Ritz Dance Center at 2716 Plaza Drive in Jefferson City is our venue for the 2019 dance. We’ll miss the beautiful Kimball Ballroom this year, but Capital Ritz is also a great dance venue, with an excellent dance floor and plenty of room. We will be able to bring in our own snacks and have the Sunday brunch at the venue. There is ample parking next to the building and in the state office parking lots next door and across the street. We will be taking advantage of Jefferson City attractions for the after-dance social/jam sessions. Friday night we will be at The Mission, a music venue and bar with a nice dance floor. Saturday we will be at local landmark, Paddy Malone’s Irish Pub

NEW! The list of great callers from across Missouri is now available!

  • Friday night contra: Mac McKeever and Bob Green (both from St. Louis)
  • Saturday morning Community Dance: Jim Thaxter (Columbia)
  • Saturday afternoon Creative Contras: Jim Hemphill (Arcadia, MO)
  • Saturday night contra: Jerome Grisanti (Maryville) and Claire Baffaut (Columbia)
  • Sunday afternoon contra: John and Kathy Coffman (Cape Girardeau)

Preregistration. The weekend pass rate, which includes all dances, the Saturday workshops, and social events, is $80, $45 for students. Workshops are $10, $5 students. There will be a $5 listener option available again this year. Click on the orange link above to register online for a weekend pass. A printable registration form is available here! If you’re on our mailing list you should have received one in the mail. You can also pay for the weekend or individual dances and workshops at the door. Please note that credit and debit cards won’t be accepted at the door. To pay by credit card, please register online.

Hotels and Home Hospitality.   Limited home hospitality is available in Jefferson City and in Columbia.

Map for Capital Ritz, 2716 Plaza Drive, Jefferson City, MO 65109.

Schedule of Events

Help wanted: We need folks to help at the registration table, after-dance socials, and the Sunday brunch. Contact Renee Carter, volunteer coordinator. More details here.

This event is supported in part by the Mary Kay Friday Fund of the Country Dance and Song Society.

Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.