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Cooper’s Landing Dance – Tuesday, June 20

Coming soon! July 21 is the annual Watermelon Dance and election of new board members. Mark your calendars now. Also coming up is the July Cooper’s Landing Dance on Tuesday, July 18.

2017 Spring Breakdown Dance Weekend photos and videos are now available on our Spring Breakdown Community page on Facebook!  You can also see the coverage KOMU did of the event there or click here.  If you have photos or videos from the event we encourage you to share them there as well, so everyone can enjoy the memories!

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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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Contra Dance – Friday, June 16

Join us for the last contra dance in Columbia until July 21! On Friday June 16 the music of our very own 32 Bartenders and calling by Claire Baffaut will combine to make for a fun dance to great music. 32 Bartenders is composed of Tom Verdot on fiddle, Marcie McGuire on keyboards, Rebecca Logan on flute, and Thom Howard on guitar and mandolin.

(Also mark your calendars for the dances at Cooper’s Landing on the third Tuesdays for the rest of the summer: June 20, July 18 and August 15. Details coming soon!)

The dancing starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Ballroom Academy of Columbia, 3910 Peachtree Drive.  Beginners are encouraged to come to an introductory lesson at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $8 for the public, $5 for students and ages 16-25, with free admittance for children 15 and under.

No dance experience is needed and folks of all ages are welcome! No partner needed. Every dance is taught and called throughout the evening to live music. 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.)

Questions? We love introducing beginners to contra dancing and welcome all your questions!  Contact us at mmtdcolumbia@gmail.com or call (573) 825-4698.

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Contra Dance – Friday, June 2

Join us this Friday for contra dancing with music by The Nine Mile Band. The band features John White on fiddle, Jim Ruth on banjo, Amber Gaddy on accordion, and David Cavins on guitar. Jim Thaxter will be calling the dances.

Dancing starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Ballroom Academy of Columbia, 3910 Peachtree Drive.  Beginners are encouraged to come to an introductory lesson at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $8 for the public, $5 for students and ages 16-25, with free admittance for children 15 and under.

No dance experience is needed and folks of all ages are welcome! No partner needed. Every dance is taught and called throughout the evening to live music. 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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Riverside Dance – Tuesday, May 23

Dancing down by the riverside is back for the summer! Our first Cooper’s Landing dance is this coming Tuesday, May 23. Dancing is 6:45 to 8:45 with music by John White, David Cavins and Amber Gaddy. Calling will be provided by MMTD callers. The Thai Kitchen is open, there’s water in the river, the sun will be setting as we dance. What could be better???

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 where you can watch the sunset over the water while you are dancing! For directions visit their website.

Please, no carry-in food or drink (water bottles should be okay). See you there!

 

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Contra Dance – Friday, May 19

The last dance in our “Bring Them Home” series featuring special music is Friday, May 19, when MMTD will welcome the Campeau Creek Boys. Jim Thaxter will be our caller for the evening.  More about the band: Fred Campeau (from Chicago) plays banjo, fiddle, harmonica, and guitar. As a member of the Volo Bogtrotters, he played music from the string bands of the 1920s and fiddle music from the Midwest.

Guitarist Jim Nelson (from St. Louis) has played with many old-time bands, including the Volo Bogtrotters and the Ill-Mo Boys. It has been said that he knows “everything worth knowing about old-time music,” and he keeps flawless time at contra dances.

Banjoist Jeff Miller, founder of the Folk School in St Louis, plays Scruggs and Clawhammer styles and has taught for many years.

The dance will start at 7:30 p.m. at the Ballroom Academy of Columbia, 3910 Peachtree Drive. Beginners are encouraged to come to an introductory lesson at 7:00 p.m.  Admission is $8 for the public, $5 for students and ages 16-25, and free for children 15 and under.

No dance experience is required. Individuals of all ages are welcome, as well as couples and groups. No partner is needed. 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.

For more information: mmtdcolumbia@gmail.com or 573-825-4698.

*Funding for the “Bring Them Home” series is provided by the Columbia Office of Cultural Affairs. The series showcases the current generation of master fiddlers and accompanists who are an integral part of Missouri’s community dance tradition, but are rarely heard in the Columbia area.

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English Country Dance – Saturday, May 6

Dance twice this weekend! The regular first Friday contra dance is on May 5 and the very next day, Saturday, May 6, we will hold the monthly English Country Dance. (Please note that this dance has been rescheduled from May 13 due to a scheduling conflict.) We’ll enjoy dancing to the 32 Bartenders, featuring Tom Verdot on fiddle, Marcie McGuire on keyboards, Rebecca Logan on flute, and Thom Howard on guitar and mandolin. The caller for the evening will be Jim Thaxter. This is the last scheduled English Country Dance for the season so don’t miss it!

The dance starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1600 Rollins Road. Admission is $8 for the public, $5 for students and ages 16-25, and free for children 15 and under.

No dance experience is needed and individuals of all ages are welcome, as well as couples and groups. No partner is needed. 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.

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.

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Contra Dance – Friday, May 5

We once again welcome special out-of-town musical guests* for our contra dance on Friday, May 5, when Snor T Horse will play, with Paula McFarling calling! Snor T Horse is composed of Cathy Barton, Dave Para, Tenley Hansen, and Mike Fraser. Banjoist and hammer dulcimer player Cathy Barton and guitarist Dave Para are acclaimed for their variety and expertise in both vocal and instrumental styles. Their more than 35 years of playing together have taken them to festivals, clubs, concert halls, schools and recording and media studios across the United States and five European tours. They also performed for many years on the riverboat Delta Queen.

Fiddler Mike Fraser and keyboardist Tenley Hansen specialize in high-energy music rooted in Celtic and old-time traditions. Mike has strong ties to the Ozarks, where he also apprenticed under the legendary Ozark fiddler Bob Holt. Keyboardist Tenley Hansen is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who spent much of her life in Kansas City and. She was a musical stage performer before she moved into folk music.

The contra dance starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Ballroom Academy of Columbia, 3910 Peachtree Drive. Beginners are encouraged to come to an introductory lesson at 7:00 p.m.  Admission is $8 for the public, $5 for students and ages 16-25, 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. No partner is needed. 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.

For more information, email mmtdcolumbia@gmail.com or call 573-825-4698.

*Funding for the “Bring Them Home” series is provided by the Columbia Office of Cultural Affairs. The series showcases the current generation of master fiddlers and accompanists who are an integral part of Missouri’s community dance tradition, but are rarely heard in the Columbia area.

 

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