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

MMTD Events:

Winter/Spring dance season schedule is now online.

Cooper’s Landing Dance is cancelled.

Two contra dances: Tuesday, May 17 at Cooper’s Landing and Friday, May 20 at the Ballroom Academy.

 

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Cooper’s Landing Dance is Cancelled

Due to inclement weather the dance tonight at Cooper’s Landing is cancelled.  Look for us there, weather permitting, next month – Tuesday, June 21st at 6:30!

And we hope to see you this Friday, May 20th at our contra dance at the Ballroom Academy of Columbia!

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Two contra dances: Tuesday, May 17 and Friday, May 20

Dancing by the Riverside is back!  Join us, weather permitting, on Tuesday, May 17, 6:30-9:30 for our first dance of the year at Cooper’s Landing.  Live music will feature John White on fiddle, along with David Cavins, Amber Gaddy, and Bill Foley. 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.)  Check here for any cancellation announcements. It’s always a great time dancing along the river at sunset! We’ll be dancing there every third Tuesday through August.

Our regular Third Friday contra dance will take place on May 20, featuring the music of Scherer’s Hotshots, with calling by Jim Thaxter.  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. 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.)

All MMTD’s dances welcome all ages. No partner or experience is needed. Every dance is taught and called throughout the evening to live music.

For more information call 573-446-2415.

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English Country Dance – Friday, May 13

Please join us for the last English Country Dance of the season, this Friday, May 13. 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 573-446-2415

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Contra Dance – Friday, May 6

We have a special treat for the first Friday in May 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 Paula McFarling, and all together these folks will bring us lively, fun and driving music and dances! Come dance with us to celebrate the beginning of May and the beautiful full blooming of Spring.

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 573-446-2415.

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Contra Dance – Friday, April 29

mound city slickers

Mound City Slickers

Happy fifth Friday of April!  Having a fifth Friday gives us a bonus contra dance on Friday, April 29.  Plan to join us for some great music with the Mound City Slickers returning to treat us to some old-time music.  Made up of veterans of other St. Louis string bands, the Mound City Slickers are one of St. Louis’ finest and best-loved string bands.  The line-up will feature Lindell Blackford and Bill Stewart on fiddles, Bob Clark on banjo, Sean Belt on banjo-ukulele, Rich Hibbs on guitar, and Rich Egan on piano.  Valerie Young will be our guest caller for the evening, guiding us through the dances.

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 573-446-2415.

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Old-time outdoor dance – Saturday, April 23

Join the Mid-Missouri Traditional Dancers as we listen and dance to Missouri master fiddlers Travis Inman and H.K. Silvey at the Jefferson Landing State Historic site in Jefferson City, MO. They will be joined by their apprentices and guitarists (including Jim Nelson from St. Louis). You will get to experience two Missouri fiddling traditions—Southwest Ozark and Little Dixie styles.

Bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating. We will be dancing traditional old-time barn dances on the lawn. Suitable for all ages and no experience required.

This free event will be held from 11 am – 1 pm on Saturday, April 23rd on the the front lawn at the Lohman Building at Jefferson Landing State Historic Site, 100 Jefferson Street, Jefferson City.

The event is being sponsored by the Missouri State Parks and the Missouri Folk Arts Program and is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Missouri Arts Council and the Museum of Art and Archaeology at the University of Missouri-Columbia

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Contra Dance – Friday, April 15

Take your mind off tax day with a fun night of contra dancing!  Join us on Friday, April 15, 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 call 573-446-2415.

blackberry pickers portrait

The Blackberry Pickers

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