VIRTUAL Dance Gathering on Zoom – Friday, April 17

Our Contra Dance that was scheduled for Friday, April 17th was to feature music by popular band Snor T Horse with calling by Claire Baffaut. As you probably already know, all of our dances are currently cancelled, at least through May 8. While we are missing our dance friends, the board thought we would try an experiment. You are invited to join our Zoom call this Friday at the regular dance time. You will need to download the Zoom app on your phone or computer ahead of time. Then at 7:30 Friday, click on this link to join the event: Virtual Dance.

The band will play for us in two segments from their two separate venues. We’ll hear from Dave Para on guitar and Erika Gerety on bass from one location and from Mike Fraser on fiddle and Tenley Hansen on keyboards in another. Claire Baffaut will teach us a simple dance from Poland. We hope you will join us! Watch for future similar events.

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Cancelled: Contra Dance – Mar. 20, 2020 – 32 BarTenders, Caller Claire Bauffaut

Due to COVID-19 this dance has been cancelled. We will continue to monitor the situation and share decisions on future dances here, on Facebook, and by email.

The Spring Breakdown dance weekend scheduled for March 27-29, 2020 has also been cancelled.

The Hallsville Square Dance is being held as scheduled Saturday, March 14 in Hallsville. More info here.

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CANCELED: English Country Dance – Mar. 13, 2020 – Caller Jim Thaxter (NOTE: location is in Jefferson City)

Please note that due to a conflict at the regular venue in Columbia, the March 13th dance will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Jefferson City, 1021 Northeast Drive.) English Country Dance – Friday, Mar 13th, 2020. Come enjoy the courtly music of the Renaissance period with our master caller, Jim Thaxter, who will be doing the calling and teaching using recorded music. The music has the same feel as the live band with some tunes stately or courtly, some lively, and some playful, with compositions ranging from the 1600s through the present. Think of Renaissance Fairs.

Beginners are encouraged to come to an introductory lesson at 7:00 p.m.  Everything is explained.  You do NOT need to know how to dance before you come.  You also do NOT have to bring a partner.

The dance starts at 7:30 p.m. at the UU Fellowship of Jefferson City, 1021 Northeast Drive, Jefferson City, MO. Price of admission is $5 for the public, $3 for students/youth ages 16-25, and free for children 15 and under.

MMTD dances are fun, community-oriented events. All are welcome, no dance experience is necessary.  Come alone (no partner is needed) or with a friend. Couples and groups are welcome, too.  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—no spike heels or cowboy boots.

Mid-Missouri Traditional Dancers sponsors regular contra and English Country Dances throughout the year. English dances are supported by the City of Columbia Office of Cultural Affairs.

For a complete schedule and more information, visit or call 573-694-6419.

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No Dance – Mar. 6, 2020 (Support True/False)

There will be no First Friday contra dance in March due to the True/False Film Festival. Upcoming important dates for your calendar:

Friday, March 13, 7-10 PM: English Country Dance with Jim Thaxter calling, at a special location, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1021 Northeast Drive, Jefferson City.

Saturday, March 14, 4-10 PM: Square Dance, potluck, and music jam in Hallsville, at the Intermediate School.

Friday, March 20, 7-10 PM: Contra dance at the Ballroom Academy of Columbia, with 32 BarTenders and Claire Bauffaut.

March 27-29, Spring Breakdown Contra Dance Weekend at Capital Ritz, 2716 Plaza Drive, Jefferson City.

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