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MMTD Events:

Contra Dance – Friday, March 31

2017 Spring Breakdown Dance Weekend photos and videos are beginning to be posted on our Spring Breakdown Community page on Facebook!  More coming soon! If you have photos or videos from the event we encourage you to share them there.

Community Events:

Big Muddy Folks Festival, Booneville, April 7-8.  Please note there will be no regular MMTD contra dance at the Ballroom Academy on Friday, April 7.  However there is an old-time dance Friday night in Booneville following the concert.

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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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Dancing in Hermann – Friday, March 24

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The Blackberry Pickers

Going through Spring Breakdown dancing withdrawal?* Here’s a dance opportunity in Hermann! Harvest Table restaurant in Hermann is having another dance on Friday, March 24, 2017. Starting time around 7:00, but come earlier to make sure you get some of the great soup, featuring New England clam chowder this month. $12 gets you soup, bread, and dancing to the lively tunes of the Blackberry Pickers. Calling by Jim Thaxter. Harvest Table has a lovely wood floor for dancing. Located at 122 E. 4th St. Hermann, MO.

For more info, call Jim at 573-874-2792.

*Spring Breakdown photos coming soon!  Watch this website and our Spring Breakdown Facebook page for photos. If you have photos or videos from the event we welcome you sharing them on the Facebook page as well!

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Spring Breakdown Dance Weekend 2017

Our annual MMTD Spring Breakdown dance weekend is almost here!  It’s time to complete your plans to attend this fun dance event right here in Columbia, MO, from March 16-19! This event draws people from all over the country and here are a few reasons why:

Always great music, this year by the Vermont-based trio Skippin’ Cats! Mary Lea on violin, Mary Cay Brass on accordion and keyboards, and Sam Bartlett on mandolin, guitar, and banjo.  (Side note, check out Sam’s art. Very fun!)

Great calling, this year featuring Susan Kevra, known for her warm and clear calling around the country and in Europe.

Beautiful dance venue, the gorgeous ’30s era Kimball Ballroom.

Late night parties in the art-filled Orr Street Studios.

Workshops including waltzing, French dancing, and yoga.

Free concert by the Skippin’ Cats Thursday, March 16, 7 PM at the Columbia Public Library.

Plus there’s lots of registration options!  Come for only $5/dance for music lovers who don’t wish to dance. (Listener’s tickets available at the door.)  Relatively new to contra dancing? Try one night, either the Friday night dance for $20 ($12 for students) or Saturday night dance for $25 ($15 students). Or for committed dancers, register for the whole weekend for $90 ($50 students) and enjoy all the dances and workshops.  Register online or at the door before any dance or workshop.

Want to give an hour to help make this event possible?  We could use more help at the registration tables and at the social events. Contact volunteer coordinator Jan Harcourt 

Here’s all the Spring Breakdown details.  For questions contact Spring Breakdown chair, Odell Newkirk.

PS: There’s no monthly English Country Dance in March, so no dance Friday, March 10. But you can still dance in the CoMO area this weekend, at the monthly Hallsville Square Dance on Saturday, March 11.

 

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Contra Dance – Friday, March 3

Don’t miss our first Friday dance in March! Roger Netherton and Friends will be playing for us. Roger is a very talented fiddle player, first place winner of the Old Time Fiddle Contest in Winfield last year. (Hear Roger playing here.) Excellent calling will be provided by Heidi Stallman and Jim Thaxter for a great night of music and dancing.

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.

SPECIAL NOTE: Our MMTD dance weekend in Columbia is coming up soon! To get a discount register by March 5.  For more information see the Spring Breakdown Dance Weekend page.

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Contra Dance – Friday, February 17

We have a special treat for the Friday, February 17 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 Jim Hemphill from the St Louis area and there’s sure to be a fun night of good music and lively dancing! 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 or email mmtdcolumbia@gmail.com.

 

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English Country Dance – Friday, February 10

For a fun evening of music and dancing, please join us for our monthly English Country Dance, this Friday, February 10. We’ll be dancing to the music of The Deylighters, with Clare Dey on fiddle and Cabe Dey on guitar and piano. Jim Thaxter will be calling 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, February 3

 

On Friday, February 3, our contra dance will feature special live music from the Ozarks provided by Kim Lansford on guitar and vocals and Nate McAlister on violin and banjo. Claire Baffaut will be calling the dances for the evening.

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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