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NEW! The Fall/Winter 2016 schedule is now available!  Click on the link for the schedule for Contra Dances and English Country Dances from September 16, 2016 through January 20, 2017.

MMTD Events:

Contra Dance – Friday, September 30

 

Spring Breakdown news:  2016 Spring Breakdown Dance Weekend photos and videos are available on our Spring Breakdown Community page on Facebook!

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Contra Dance – Friday, September 30

We have a musical treat in store for the next contra dance on Friday, September 30th! Roger Netherton and Friends will be playing for us. Roger recently won first place in the Old Time Fiddle Contest at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield. (Hear a medley of the tunes he played for the contest here. Be sure to listen all the way to the rousing finish when everyone joins in!) Roger will be joined by Heinrich Leonhard on guitar and Kathy Gordon on bass. Claire Baffaut will be our caller for the evening, guiding us through some fun dances. The dance starts at 7:30 p.m., with an introductory lesson at 7:00. Admission is $8 for the public, $5 for students and ages 16-25, with free admittance for children 15 and under.

Contra dances are held at The Ballroom Academy of Columbia (BAC) most first, third, and fifth Fridays.  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: https://mmtdcolumbia.org/location/ 

No experience is needed! Each dance is taught and more experienced dancers are happy to provide guidance during the dance. No partner is needed either, as dancers generally switch partners each dance.

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. 

 

FOR MORE INFORMATIONmmtdcolumbia@gmail.com or 573-825-4698.

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Fall dance season begins! Contra Dance – Friday, Sept 16; Community Dance – Saturday, Sept 17

The MMTD fall season of dancing kicks off with two dance opportunities this weekend! Our regular contra dance season starts on Friday, September 16 at the Ballroom Academy of Columbia. We’ll be dancing to the lively music of the 32 Bartenders, with Tom Verdot on fiddle, Thom Howard on guitar and mandolin, Rebecca Logan on flute and Marcie McGuire on keyboards. Guest caller Jim Hemphill will be calling to guide you through each dance.

The dance starts at 7:30 p.m. and there will be an introductory lesson at 7:00. Admission is $8 for the public, $5 for students and ages 16-25, with free admittance for children 15 and under. Dance passes for the season will be available.  See below for more information.

The following day, Saturday, September 17, join us for a free family dance opportunity at the Columbia Parks and Recreation Heritage Festival in Nifong Park.  We’re scheduled for 3:00 pm on The Maplewood Barn Stage.  All ages will be invited to join in to dancing to the music of the 32 Bartenders with Jim Thaxter calling.  Nifong Park is located at 3700 Ponderosa St. (Hwy 63 S & AC/Grindstone Parkway exit west)

DANCE LOCATION & DETAILS

Contra dances are held at The Ballroom Academy of Columbia (BAC) most first, third, and fifth Fridays.  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: https://mmtdcolumbia.org/location/ 

No experience is needed! Each dance is taught and more experienced dancers are happy to provide guidance during the dance. No partner is needed either, as dancers generally switch partners each dance.

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. 

DANCE PASS

Contra Dance only: $80.00 – good for 11 dances September 16 – January 20, 2017; $50.00 (students and ages 16-25, free for children 15 and under). One free dance if purchased by September 16, 2016.

Choose Your Dance: $96.00 – good for any combination of 13 Contra or English Country dances September 16 – January 20, 2017; $60.00 (students and ages 16-25, free for children 15 and under). One free dance if purchased by September 16, 2016.

FOR MORE INFORMATIONmmtdcolumbia@gmail.com or 573-825-4698.

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Community Dance, Wednesday, August 17

MMTD has been invited to participate in the Columbia Parks & Rec’s Family Fun Festivals Around the World Celebration this Wednesday, August 17. We’ve been asked to dance with some of the families for an hour some time between 6-8 pm at Lamb Shelter in Cosmo Park. This will be mostly very easy dances. Marcie McGuire and Tom Verdot will be playing some lively and lovely English country dance tunes for us. Jim Thaxter will be calling and leading the dances.

Come out and help us promote community dancing!

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Cooper’s Landing Contra Dance – Tuesday, August 16

Join us, weather permitting, on Tuesday, August 16, 6:30-9:00 for dancing down by the riverside at Cooper’s Landing.   This will be your last chance this summer to contra dance to live music while the sun sets over the river. Lively music will be provided by Nine Mile, featuring John White, David Cavins, Amber Gaddy, and Bill Foley. Callers will teach and call all the dances.  All ages welcome. No partner or experience needed to join in the fun!

There is no admission charge, but we’ll be passing the hat for the musicians. Food is available from Chim’s Thai Kitchen, or from the general store’s menu. (Cooper’s requests no carry in food or beverages. Water bottles are OK.) Dress for warm weather! Check here for any cancellation announcements due to bad weather or high water

The monthly Hallsville Square Dance is also coming up on Saturday, August 13, for more dancing fun.  This dance also features a music jam and potluck.  All are welcome!

And mark your calendars now for Friday, September 17, for the first contra dance of the Fall dance season.  Regular contra dances are held at the Ballroom Academy of Columbia most first and third Fridays. The full schedule will be posted soon!

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Annual Watermelon Dance-Friday, July 15

Marcie and Jim waltzing

Waltzing to the River Ridge String Band

Come join us for our annual Watermelon Dance this Friday, July 15! This is also our last Friday night dance until Fall, so you don’t want to miss it!

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, Charlie Nelson on guitar, and John Cunning on banjo and percussion.

We are also lucky to have our wonderful veteran and master caller Jim Thaxter calling for the night.

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 Betsy Collins at mmtdcolumbia@gmail.com.

This will be a fun and lively dance! 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 (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: 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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Jefferson City Contra Dance-Saturday, July 16

This is a week full of contra dance opportunities!  Besides the dance at Cooper’s Landing on Tuesday, and the dance at the Ballroom Academy of Columbia on Friday, add one more to your calendar. On Saturday, July 16, Cliff White and Charlie Nelson (part of River Ridge String Band) will be playing music for a dance at the Jefferson City Mormon Church. Jim Thaxter will be leading the dancing for church members and anyone else who would like to join them. Ice cream will be available. Dancing will be from 6:00-7:30 pm at the church, which is located at 4618 Henwick, west of Capitol Mall off Highway 50.

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Cooper’s Landing Contra Dance-July 12

Join us, weather permitting, on Tuesday, July 12*, 6:30-9:00 for dancing down by the riverside at Cooper’s Landing.   We’ll enjoy live music and dancing under the shade of the big sycamore, while the sun sets over the river.

There is no admission charge, but we’ll be passing the hat for the musicians. Food is available from Chim’s Thai Kitchen, or from the general store’s menu. (Cooper’s requests no carry in food or beverages. Water bottles are OK.) Dress for warm weather! Check here for any cancellation announcements due to bad weather or high water

*This dance was originally planned for the third Tuesday, but was moved up a week due to scheduling conflicts. The next Cooper’s Landing dance will be on the third Tuesday again, on August 16.

The monthly Hallsville Square Dance is also coming up on Saturday, July 9.

And mark your calendars for July 15, for the last Friday night contra dance of the season at the Ballroom Academy of Columbia. This will be the annual “Watermelon Dance.”  We’ll enjoy watermelon on the break and also hold the election for new Mid-Missouri Traditional Dancers board members. If you are interested in learning more about serving the board contact us at mmtdcolumbia@gmail.com or 573-446-2415.

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