Music Jam & Dance at the Heritage Festival – Saturday, September 16

Dance at Boonslick stage, 4-4:50 pm: Here is a another great opportunity for us to show the public what we can do and how much fun we have. We are to perform at the Heritage Festival Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 4:00 – 4:50 pm at the Nifong Park, 3700 Ponderosa St. (Hwy 63 & AC/Grindstone Parkway). We are lucky to be in the shade of the Boonslick stage this year. The weather forecast for that day is a high of 87, mostly sunny. Everyone is welcome!

 

Folk Music Jam in honor of John White, 2-4 pm at the Maplewood Home Yard Stage. In August our music and dance community lost one of our beloved members–John White. He was an extraordinary fiddle player and had organized the Hallsville Jam and Square Dance event that has been going on for almost 2 decades (and continues!).

This folk music jam, also part of the Heritage Festival, will convene on the Maplewood Home Yard Stage and will be dedicated to him. Come out to play (or listen, or even dance) and celebrate his memory and all he did to contribute to our music and dance communities.

Shuttle parking is available: take Discovery Parkway exit west off Highway 63. Shuttle lots will be available at the Gans Creek Recreation Area, 3360 E. Gans Rd., near Nifong Park. Shuttles will drop you off at the Walters-Boone County Museum  at the entrance of Nifong Park.
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Potluck and Contra Dance – Friday, September 15

Join us for the beginning of the Fall season of dancing with a potluck and dance at Columbia’s Cosmo Park, in the Dexheimer Shelter, on Friday, September 15. The potluck is scheduled for 6:00 pm and will be followed by a dance at 7:00 to the music of fiddler Will Scherer and friends. Calling will be provided by MMTD dance callers. All are welcome at this free event!

Mark your calendars now for our first dance at our NEW location, which will be Friday, September 29. We’ll be just around the corner from the old location, at the relocated Ballroom Academy of Columbia.  The new address is 3906 Peachtree Dr, Suite E. (Same building as Bower’s Chiropractic and Cheer.)  See the full Fall schedule here.

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Celebration of Life Service for John White

One our favorite dance musicians, John White, passed away on Saturday, August 12. He regularly played for our MMTD contra dances with his band Nine Mile with David Cavins, Amber Gaddy and Jim Ruth. He is also the person who organized the Hallsville Square Dances for so many years. His fondest wish was for them to continue after he was gone.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel at 2:00 p.m.Saturday, August 19, followed by a reception with a “Jam Session” to honor John’s life. A visitation will from at 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.Friday, August 18, at the Chapel.
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Cooper’s Landing Dance – Tuesday, August 15

Dance by the riverside and enjoy a Missouri River sunset at Cooper’s Landing this coming Tuesday! Join us on August 15 from 6:45 to 8:45 for dancing for the whole family, with music by River Ridge String Band and calling by Claire Baffaut and Jim Thaxter. Enjoy food and drinks from the Thai Kitchen and the Cooper’s store.  (Please, no carry-in food or drink, with the exception of water bottles). Bring the whole family for a night of fun!

Watch Facebook and this website for any cancellations due to the river stage or rain.

This is our last dance at Cooper’s for this summer. If you haven’t been to a Cooper’s Landing Dance, it’s on a beautiful bend of the Missouri River between Columbia and Jefferson City. It’s a short drive to a special place well worth the trip! For directions visit their website.

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Annual Watermelon Dance – Friday, July 21

Come join us for our annual Watermelon Dance this Friday, July 21! This is also our last Friday night dance until Fall, so you don’t want to miss it!  This is also our last dance at the Ballroom Academy. We will be moving to a location nearby in the fall.

We’re lucky to have one of our favorite local bands, River Ridge String Band, playing for us,  with Cliff White on hammered dulcimer, Molly White on mandolin, Ted Koenig  on guitar, and John Cunning on banjo and percussion.

Our caller for the night will be our own Claire Baffaut. It’s sure to be a night of fun dances!

Our Annual Meeting to elect the board will take place during the break. And watermelon will be served outside after the meeting.

Hope to see you there!

DANCE TIMES AND COST

Dances are from 7:30–10:30 pm (beginners’ lesson at 7:00). No partner is necessary! Most of us switch partners with every dance and experienced dancers are more than happy to dance with new-comers to help them get the hang of it.  

Admission $8.00 ($5.00 for ages 16–25 or with student ID; free for children 15 and under). 

DANCE LOCATION & DETAILS

Dances are held at The Ballroom Academy of Columbia at 3910 Peachtree Drive in the same plaza as the French Laundry (behind Arby’s) and faces Monterey Drive.   For directions and a map go to: https://mmtdcolumbia.org/location/ 

Important Note – Please wear soft-soled or leather-soled shoes to preserve the floor. (No spike heels or cowboy boots.) Please carry-in appropriate dance shoes as needed.

The BAC has an endless water dispenser with paper cups, but we encourage you to bring a water bottle. 

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Cooper’s Landing Dance – Tuesday, July 18

Dance by the riverside and enjoy a Missouri River sunset at Cooper’s Landing this coming Tuesday! Join us on July 18 from 6:45 to 8:45 for dancing for the whole family, with music by the 32 Bartenders and calling by our MMTD callers.  Enjoy food and drinks from the Thai Kitchen and the Cooper’s store.  (Please, no carry-in food or drink, with the exception of water bottles). Bring the whole family for a night of fun!

Watch Facebook and this website for any cancellations due to the river stage or rain.

If you haven’t been to a Cooper’s Landing Dance, it’s on a beautiful bend of the Missouri River between Columbia and Jefferson City. It’s a short drive to a special place well worth the trip! For directions visit their website.

Also mark your calendar for our annual Watermelon Dance on Friday, July 21st! This will be our last Friday night contra dance for the summer. We’ll have our annual election of the MMTD Board and enjoy watermelon on the break.

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Cooper’s Landing Dance – Tuesday, June 20

Dance by the riverside and watch the glorious sunset at Cooper’s Landing this Tuesday! Join us on June 20 from 6:45 to 8:45 for easy, family-friendly dancing to music by John White, David Cavins and Amber Gaddy. Calling will be provided by MMTD callers.  Food will be available at the Thai Kitchen or at the Cooper’s store. Please, no carry-in food or drink (water bottles should be okay).

Watch Facebook and this website for any cancellations due to the river stage or rain.

If you haven’t been to a Cooper’s Landing Dance, it’s on a beautiful bend of the Missouri River between Columbia and Jefferson City. It’s a short drive to a special place well worth the trip! For directions visit their website.

See you there!

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