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Cooper’s Landing Dance – Tuesday, May 23

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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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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Contra Dance – Friday, April 21

Ellen Gomez

Ellen Gomez

Funding provided by the Columbia Office of Cultural Affairs is making possible a series of special musicians for four of the Mid-Missouri Traditional Dancers contra dances this year. The “Bringing it Home” 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.

One of the series is this Friday, April 21, when MMTD will welcome special guests Ellen Gomez and Friends. Ellen Gomez performs with the Folk Music in the Melting Pot educational program at Sheldon Concert Hall in St Louis. She holds MFA and MAT degrees from Washington University in St. Louis and teaches fine arts full time at Forsyth School, an independent elementary school in Clayton. She was the 2009-2010 recipient of a grant from The Missouri Folk Arts Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program to apprentice with Missouri master fiddler, Vesta Johnson. She has also studied with master fiddlers Bruce Green and Dirk Powell, among others.  Leading the dances this week will be local callers Jim Thaxter and Heidi Stallman.

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 info call 573-825-4698.

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English Country Dance – Friday, April 14

This month’s English Country Dance is Friday, April 14, featuring the 32 Bartenders, with Tom Verdot on fiddle, Marcie McGuire on keyboards, Rebecca Logan on flute, and Thom Howard on guitar and mandolin. Our caller guiding the dancers for the night is Elizabeth Couture.
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.
Hope to see you on the dance floor!
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Fifth Friday Contra Dance – March 31

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March has five Fridays, which means a bonus contra dance! This Friday, March 31, we’ll enjoy dancing to music by Three around Three, featuring Pippa Letsky on fiddle, Cliff White on guitar, and Bill Foley on banjo. Excellent calling will be provided by Paula McFarling. Break out your dancin’ shoes and plan to join us for what’s sure to be a fun dance.

You won’t want to miss this dance because there will be no contra dance the next Friday, April 7, due to the Big Muddy Folk Festival in Booneville. 

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 or email mmtdcolumbia@gmail.com.

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