What’s New

We will be electing new board members at the annual “Watermelon Dance” on July 18, 2014.

  • Thanks to all for a fabulous Spring Breakdown 2014! To relive the experience or to see what you missed, check out these photos by Luc. Or see this news story from KOMU created by Tatiana.

If you haven’t seen this story by MU students Hannah, Bell, and Emerald – Check it out

Glad to see that so many people have found their way to our new venue. See you on the dance floor!

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Square Dance at Cafe Berlin—Thursday, July 24, 2014

Grab a friend or two or three, put on your dancing shoes, and come on out to Cafe Berlin for some hot fiddle tunes and lively square dances. Music by Jordan Wax and friends. Calling by Jim Thaxter, Daniel Kramer, Rhett Hartman, and possibly others. All dances will be taught and called. No experience and no partner needed. Refreshments available for purchase.

When: Thursday, July 24, 7:30 to 10:30

Where: Cafe Berlin, 220 N Tenth St, Columbia, MO

Admission: FREE! (Will pass the hat for the musicians.)

Photo of square dancers at Cafe Berlin

Time to push back the tables and dance the night away.

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Contra Dance – Friday, July 18, 2014

Come join us for our annual Watermelon Dance this Friday, July 18, 2014!

Great music will be provided by the 32 Bartenders, with fine musicians Tom Verdot on fiddle, Thom Howard on guitar and mandolin, Rebecca Logan on flute, and Marcie McGuire on keyboard.  Calling will by led by our veteran master caller, Jim Thaxter. 

Our Annual Meeting to elect the board will take place during the break.  And watermelon will be served outside after the meeting.  If you’re interested in serving on the board please contact Margaret Waddell at mmtdboard@gmail.com .

photo of band members

32 BarTenders serving up some lively tunes for your dancing pleasure.

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Contra Dance – Thursday, July 10, 2014 – Cooper’s Landing

Join us at Cooper’s Landing for a summer evening of contra dance and music on Thursday, July 10, 7:00 to 9:00. The dance will be led by our new callers and we’ll have live music. It’s free and beginners are welcome! The callers will teach you everything you need to know and will call throughout the dance.

Food is available; drinks and barbecue from the Landing management, and great Thai food from Chim’s Thai Kitchen. You can find more information about the Landing at cooperslanding.net. Please watch our website and email for changes due to weather conditions.

 

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Dare to be square!

The spring contra dance schedule is over for this year, but there’s still plenty of dancing to be done in central MO.

This Saturday (June 14) is the ever-popular square dance in Hallsville, MO, just a short drive up Rt. B from Columbia. Afternoon jam from 4:00-6:00, delicious pot luck dinner from 6-7, then dancing til your socks wear out. Open band, open calling, free, but donations are requested to help pay the cost of hall rental and decorations.

Next Thursday, June 19, Cafe Berlin on 10th Street in Columbia will host a square dance from 7:00-9:00 pm. The bar is open, the band will be hot, and the dancing is free. Dance in cool air-conditioned comfort. More info about Cafe Berlin at cafeberlincomo.com.

If you can’t make it to any of these you’re just too dang busy. Slow down.

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It’s dancing time!

We have several opportunities to dance in the next few weeks. Check ‘em out!

MMTD CONTRA DANCE FRIDAY–MAY 30, 2013–at the Ballroom Academy of Columbia

We have a very special treat this week on Friday, May 30th, 7:30-10:30! Since it’s the 5th Friday, we have our Callers’ Jam. Fine music will be provided by Dance Around Three (Pippa Letsky and Friends). The callers, who are becoming more and more experienced, are Claire Baffaut, Rhett Hartmann and Betsy Collins. Join us for a fun and lively evening! Admission is $8 for the public, $5 for students and ages 16-25, with free admittance for children 15 and under. 

MMTD CONTRA DANCE–FRIDAY, June 6, 2013–at the Ballroom Academy of Columbia

The band River Ridge will provide the music for Mid-Missouri Traditional Dancers’ (MMTD) contra dance on Friday, June 6, 7:30-10:30. The dances will be called by Paula McFarling. Admission is $8 for the public, $5 for students and ages 16-25, with free admittance for children 15 and under.

MMTD CONTRA DANCE–Tuesday, June 17, 2013–Cooper’s Landing

Join us down by the river for a summer evening of contra dance and music on Tuesday, June 17, 7:00 to 9:00. Beginners welcome! The callers will teach you everything you need to know and will call throughout the dance. Live music! FREE!

COLUMBIA SQUARE DANCE–Thursday, June 19, 2013–8:00 p.m. at Cafe Berlin

Then meet us at the Cafe Berlin for an old-time square dance, Thursday, June 19, 8:00. Open calling. Live music. FREE! It doesn’t get any better than this!

ABOUT OUR DANCES

MMTD’s dances are fun, community-oriented events that do not require prior dance experience. Individuals of all ages are welcome, as well as couples and groups. Every dance is taught and called throughout the evening to live music. Beginners are encouraged to come to an introductory lesson at 7:00 p.m. Dancers should wear lightweight, comfortable clothing. No “costumes” needed. When dancing at the Ballroom, please wear soft-soled shoes (no spike heels or cowboy boots) to protect the wood floor.

MMTD sponsors regular contra and English Country dances throughout the year.

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Contra Dance – Friday, May 16, 2014

CAMPEAU CREEK BOYS THIS FRIDAY, MAY 16th

We have a very special treat this week! The Campeau Creek Boys will be coming all the way from Chicago and St. Louis to play for us! Chicagoan Fred Campeau is a wonderful fiddler with a driving style and great tunes. Jim Nelson will play great backup guitar, Jeff Milller will play fine banjo with Dedo Norris on rock-solid bass. Calling will be by our own wonderful Paula McFarling. Not to be missed! It’ll be a fun and lively evening, so put on your dancin’ prancin’ shoes!

Who—Individuals, families, or couples; beginners or experienced dancers

When—Friday, May 16, at 7:30 p.m.

Where—at the Ballroom Academy of Columbia, 3910 Peachtree Drive.

How much—Admission to each dance is $8 for the public, $5 for students and ages 16-25, with free admittance for children 15 and under.

Why—Because people have been known to have fun dancing!

MMTD’s dances are fun, community-oriented events that do not require prior dance experience. Individuals of all ages are welcome, as well as couples and groups. Every dance is taught and called throughout the evening to live music. Beginners are encouraged to come to an introductory lesson at 7:00 p.m. Dancers should wear lightweight, comfortable clothing and soft-soled or leather-soled shoes to preserve the floor—no spike heels or cowboy boots. (Please carry in appropriate dance shoes as needed.)

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