What’s New

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!

Posted in Callers Jam, Contra Dances, Dance Weekends, English Country Dance, Family Dance, School Dance, Special Events, Square Dance

Two dances this weekend–April 18 and 19, 2014

Cline drawing of people dancing in a ringONTRA DANCE  –  APRIL 18, 2014

The band River Ridge will provide the music for Mid-Missouri Traditional Dancers’ (MMTD) contra dance on Friday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Ballroom Academy of Columbia, 3910 Peachtree Drive. A Caller’s Jam will call the evening’s dances. Admission to each dance is $8 for the public, $5 for students and ages 16-25, with free admittance for children 15 and under.

ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE – APRIL 19, 2014

The Mid-Missouri Traditional Dancers (MMTD) will sponsor an English Country Dance on Saturday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ballroom Academy of Columbia, 3910 Peachtree Drive. The 32 BarTenders will provide the music, with Bridget Whitehead and Kyle Hardman calling. Admission for the public is $8; students and ages 16-25, $5; with free admittance for children 15 and under.

COMMUNITY-ORIENTED EVENTS

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.)

line drawing of a couple dancing

Image by Bob Engle.

MMTD sponsors regular contra and English Country dances throughout the year. For a complete schedule and more information, visit mmtdcolumbia or call 573-874-6814.

Posted in Contra Dances, English Country Dance

English Country Dance Lessons–April 10–May 22, 2014

We are pleased to be offering another series of English country dance lessons, led by Bridget and Kyle.

This progressive lesson series will teach you the basic patterns of English country dancing in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. You will learn about English country dance style, musicality and connection, and etiquette for social dance. Because the lessons are progressive, we suggest that you take the series as a whole. However, you may take the lessons on a drop-in basis.

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English Country Dancing (7-week lesson series)

  • Instructors: Bridget and Kyle
  • When: April 10–May 22; Thursdays, 7:30–9:30 p.m.
  • Where: Unity Center of Columbia, Solar Gallery, 1600 W Broadway, Columbia, MO 65203
  • Cost: $20 for the 7-week series/$4 drop-in
  • Who: For all levels—no experience or partner necessary.

To register or for more information, please contact Bridget Whitehead or visit our website. If you are able to pre-register, it would help us plan the series.

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Big Muddy Festival, April 4-5, 2014, Boonville, MO

This weekend is the Big Muddy Festival on Main and Vine in Boonville, Missouri.  The festival opens at 7:00 p.m. on Friday with a concert at Thespian Hall, featuring Roger Netherton, Lee Murdock, Mike Gentry, Matthew Olwell & John Skelton, and Cathy Barton & Dave Para.  After the concert, everyone is invited to go across the street to Turner Hall for an old-time dance with calling by Claire Zucker.

Saturday night features Howard Marshall & John Williams, Andrew Calhoun, STEAM!, Kate MacLeod & Kate Eggleston, and Storefront Congregation.

Saturday workshops begin at 10:00 a.m. and continue through the day. Fifteen workshops to choose from – including contra dance!  Click here for a complete schedule of the festival and workshop descriptions.

Tickets are $25 each night and $45 for the weekend.  Workshops are included with single or weekend tickets.  Or you can buy a workshop pass for $5.00.  Tickets can be ordered online or call the box office at 660-882-7977 or 888-588-1477 M-F, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

When you get hungry you can enjoy Terry Smith’s famous barbecue served at Turner Hall each day from 11 am – 9 pm.  The Friends of Historic Boonville board of directors sponsors the food event which raises funds to support the Friends’ general operations. 

A big thanks to Cathy Barton and Dave Para and the Friends of Historic Boonville for bringing us this world-class folk festival each year.

Posted in Concerts, Festivals, Special Events

Columbia Square Dance – Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Come to a Square Dance at Cafe Berlin, 220 N. Tenth St. – Wednesday night, 8:00 – 9:30 p.m.  Music by local fiddlers!   If you come early, you can attend the Farm and Fiddle Beard/Mustache Contest, a fund raiser for KOPN. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

Posted in Community Dance, Square Dance

More dancing–Friday and Saturday, March 21 and 22, 2014

THANKS AND KUDOS

Many thanks and kudos to Betsy Collins, the MMTD Board and all the volunteers and participants who made this Spring Breakdown so memorable. One dancer said it was the best dance weekend she’d ever been to. Wow! Thanks also to Luc for his fabulous photos! He does a great job capturing the spirit of the dance.

I know that attending a dance weekend just makes a person want more dancing, and we’re in luck! This weekend we have 2 dances scheduled: the regular Friday Dance and English Country Dance on Saturday.

CONTRA DANCE THIS FRIDAY, MARCH 21st

This week we welcome back fiddler John White and his Nine Mile Band. Nine Mile is known for its driving fast music performed by John with David Cavins on guitar, Amber Gaddy on accordion (and perhaps other instruments), and Jim Ruth on banjo. These are some of the best musicians in mid-Missouri! Calling will be back our own favorite master caller, Jim Thaxter.

Jim Thaxter teaches and calls the dances throughout the evening, while Nine Mile Band provides some lively old-time fiddle tunes that keep everyone moving.

Jim Thaxter teaches and calls the dances throughout the evening, while Nine Mile Band provides some lively old-time fiddle tunes that keep everyone moving.

ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE SATURDAY, MARCH 22nd

Saturday we will have our next English Country Dance. Music will be brought to us by 32 BarTenders featuring more of mid-Missouri’s best musicians: Tom Verdot on fiddle, Thom Howard on guitar and mandolin, Rebecca Logan on flute and Marcie McGuire on keyboards. These folks weave a delightful tapestry of arrangements for these elegant dances!

photo of band members

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

FRIDAY’S AND SATURDAY’S DANCE LOCATION

Don’t forget!  We have moved.  Dances are now held at The Ballroom Academy of Columbia (BAC).  This wonderful facility has a spacious, floating wood floor and comfortable seating.  The BAC is located 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:   mmtdcolumbia.org/2013/08/19/new-venue-announced-for-mmtd/

The dance is from 7:30–10:30 pm (beginners’ lesson at 7:00).   Admission $8.00 ($5.00 for ages 16–25 or with student ID; free for children 15 and under).  Season pass information is below.

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.

Carpooling: If you need a ride or are willing to drive to the Ballroom Academy from downtown, contact Rhett at hartmanga@gmail.com.

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Contra Dance – Friday, March 7, 2014

BERTRAM LEVY AND KURT SUTPHIN TO BE FEATURED AT CONTRA DANCE

photo of Kirk and Bertram, old-time musiciansThe duo, Bertram Levy and Kurt Sutphin, will provide the music for Mid-Missouri Traditional Dancers’ (MMTD) contra dance on Friday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Ballroom Academy of Columbia, 3910 Peachtree Drive. Listen to sample tracks  at The Bellow and the Bow and get ready to dance!  The dances for the evening will be called by Paula McFarling. Admission for the public is $8; students and ages 16-25, $5; with free admittance for children 15 and under.

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.)

MMTD sponsors regular contra and English Country dances throughout the year. For more information,  call 573-874-6814.

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