What’s New

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:

English Country Dance – Friday, December 9

Community Events:

Hallsville Square Dance – Saturday, December 10

Spring Breakdown Dance Weekend:

NEW! Make plans now for Spring Breakdown 2017! Check out our great band and caller, and other details here.

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

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English Country Dance – Friday, December 9

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The 32 Bartenders

For a fun evening of music and dancing, please join us for our monthly English Country Dance, this Friday, December 9. We’ll be dancing to the lively tunes of the 32 Bartenders, with Tom Verdot on fiddle, Thom Howard on guitar and mandolin, Rebecca Logan on flute and Marcie McGuire on keyboards. Bridget Whitehead and Kyle Hardman will be our callers for the evening, guiding us through the dances.

English Country Dances are held at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1600 Rollins Road. Click here for a map.

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.

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 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.)

Many thanks to the City of Columbia Office of Cultural Affairs for their support of our English Country Dance series.

Questions?  Contact us at mmtdcolumbia@gmail.com or 573-825-4698.

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Contra Dance – Friday, December 2

blackberry pickers portraitJoin us on Friday, December 2, for a dance featuring the music of The Blackberry Pickers. Joining us from the Hermann and St Louis area, the band includes Kathryn Render on banjo and fiddle, Ronnie Schuppan on fiddle, Crystal Craig on guitar, and Steve Craig on banjo and hammered dulcimer.  Our own Claire Baffaut will be our caller for the evening. The 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 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.)

For more information contact us at 573-825-4698 or mmtdcolumbia@gmail.com.

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Contra Dance – Friday, November 18

You won’t want to miss out on contra dancing this Friday! Cathy Bcathy-barton-dave-paraarton and Dave Para will be our band for the evening and their music is always great for dancing. Veteran caller Paula McFarling will join with the band to lead a fun night of dance and music.

The dance starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Ballroom Academy of Columbia, 3910 Peachtree Drive. Admission is $8 for the public, $5 for students and ages 16-25, and free for children 15 and under.  A beginner’s lesson starts at 7:00 p.m. Come alone or bring a partner. Beginners are very welcome!

Please wear soft-soled or leather soled shoes to preserve the floor–no spike heels or cowboy boots (carry-in appropriate dance shoes as needed.)

For more information contact us at mmtdcolumbia@gmail.com or 573-446-2415.

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English Country Dance – Friday, November 11

For a fun evening of music and dancing, please join us for our monthly English Country Dance, this Friday, November 11. Dance to the lively music of the Deylighters with Clare Dey on fiddle and Cabe Dey on guitar and piano. Jim Thaxter will be calling to guide you through each dance.

Please note that the English Dances are at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1600 Rollins Road, not at the Ballroom Academy of Columbia where the contra dances are held.  Click here for a map.

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.

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 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.)

Many thanks to the City of Columbia Office of Cultural Affairs for their support of our English Country Dance series.

Questions?  Contact us at mmtdcolumbia@gmail.com or 573-825-4698.

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Contra Dance – Friday, November 4

We have a special treat for the first Friday in November contra dance! The James River Scraphounds will be playing, featuring Pete Howard from Fayetteville, Arkansas on fiddle, our own Jim Ruth on banjo, and Barbara Weathers from St. Louis on guitar.

Add fine calling by guest caller Valerie Young, and all together these folks will bring us lively, fun and driving music and dances! Come dance with us!

The 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 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.)

For more information call 573-825-4698.

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Contra Dance – Friday, October 21

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Cliff White and Pippa Letsky

Join us for another lively night of dancing fun this Friday night. Tunes will be by Three Aound Three, an old-time music band featuring Pippa Letsky on fiddle, Bill Foley on banjo, and Cliff White on guitar. Paula McFarling will call and lead us through a series of choice dances.

The dance starts at 7:30 pm, 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. Join us for fun exercise that will put a smile on your face.

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 INFORMATION: mmtdcolumbia@gmail.com or 573-825-4698.

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English Country Dance – Friday, October 14

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32 Bartenders

For a fun evening of music and dancing, please join us for the first English Country Dance of the season, this Friday, October 14. Dance 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. Elizabeth Couture will be calling to guide you through each dance.

Please note that the English Dances are at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1600 Rollins Road, not at the Ballroom Academy of Columbia where the contra dances are held.  Click here for a map.

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.

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 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.)

Many thanks to the City of Columbia Office of Cultural Affairs for their support of our English Country Dance series.

Questions?  Contact us at mmtdcolumbia@gmail.com or 573-825-4698.

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