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:

Contra Dance – Friday, January 20

Community Events:

Dancing in Hermann – Saturday, January 21

House Concert – Saturday, February 4

Spring Breakdown Dance Weekend:

NEW! Register online now for Spring Breakdown 2017!

NEW! Printable Spring Breakdown brochure available. Print and return to register.

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

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Dancing in Hermann – Saturday, January 21

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The Blackberry Pickers

Enjoy a bonus dance this weekend! The Blackberry Pickers will be playing for a dance on Saturday at Harvest Table, a restaurant in Hermann.  The band, from Hermann and the St Louis area, 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 Jim Thaxter will be calling.

The restaurant is located at 122 E. 4th St. in downtown Hermann. A dance lesson will start at 6:30, dancing at 7:00. Price is $12 and includes a variety of house-made soups with bread and biscuits.

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House Concert – Saturday, February 4

Mark your calendars now for this special treat! Kim Lansford and Nate McAlister, who are scheduled to play our contra dance on February 3, will also be giving a house concert on Saturday, February 4, at Thom and Sarah Howard’s house.

Old-time afficionados know Kim Lansford. She has been at the forefront of traditional music for many years. Kim’s solid guitar and unique voice echo through the hills. Neosho’s Nathan McAlister is a master fiddle player and clawhammer style banjo player. Together they are pure magic as they seamlessly work their way through jigs, reels, waltzes, and of course a murder ballad or three.

When: Saturday, February 4, 7:00-9:00 pm
Who: Kim Lansford and Nathan McAlister
Where: 910 Westover St, Columbia, MO

How: RSVP by email (sarahbirdie@gmail.com) or phone/text 573-289-1197
Suggested donation: $10 to the performers.

Attendees are free to bring light refreshment to share at intermission. Coffee, hot tea, and some wine will be available.

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Contra Dance – Friday, January 20

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Snorty Horse: Tenley Hansen, Michael Fraser, Dave Para, Cathy Barton.  

The weather looks great for our next contra dance! Make plans now to come out for a fun night of dancing to the ever-popular Snorty Horse, this Friday, January 20. Snorty Horse is Dave Para and Cathy Barton from Boonville and Michael Fraser and Tenley Hansen from Springfield. Excellent musicians all, they combine their talents to produce great dancing music!

Veteran caller Jim Thaxter will join with the band to lead what’s sure to be a lively dance!

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 clean, soft-soled or leather-soled shoes to preserve the floor. (No spike heels or cowboy boots are allowed. Carry in appropriate dance shoes as needed.)

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

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CANCELLED: English Country Dance – Friday, January 13

NOTICE: Due to expected bad weather tonight’s dance is cancelled. Join us next Friday, January 20 for our next contra dance!

Join us for our first English Country Dance of the new year, this Friday, January 13. 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. Elizabeth Couture will be our caller 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 is 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.)

We would like thank 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, January 6

Celebrate the New Year this Friday with the first contra dance of 2017!  Music will be provided by the 32 Bartenders, featuring Tom Verdot on fiddle, Thom Howard on guitar and mandolin, Rebecca Logan on flute and Marcie McGuire on keyboards. Claire Baffaut will be our 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 573-825-4698 or email mmtdcolumbia@gmail.com.

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Contra Dance – Friday, December 30

Don’t miss the last contra dance of 2016 this Friday, December 30th! Plan now to join us and dance to the tunes of the River Ridge String Band, featuring Cliff White on hammered dulcimer, Molly White on banjo and mandolin, Ted Koenig on guitar, and John Cunning on banjo and rhythm instruments.  One of our regular guest callers, Valerie Young, will be returning to lead the dances 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 573-825-4698 or email mmtdcolumbia@gmail.com.

 

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CANCELLED: Contra Dance – Friday, December 16

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Mound City Slickers with Valerie Young calling, April, 2016

NOTICE: Due to weather and road conditions the December 16th dance has been cancelled. The next contra dance is Friday, December 30th.  Mark your calendars!

Don’t miss our next December 16th contra dance, when the Mound City Slickers will be returning to treat us to old-time fiddle tunes and other vintage 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. Our own Jim Thaxter will be our 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 573-825-4698.

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