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

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Winter/Spring dance season schedule is now online.

Contra Dance – Friday, May 6

 

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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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VENUE CHANGE: English Country Dance – Friday, April 8

Join us this Friday for an English Country Dance, with live music provided by one of our favorite bands, 32 Bartenders, with Jim Thaxter expertly guiding us through each dance!

PLEASE NOTE THE VENUE CHANGE for this English Country Dance only.  The April 8 dance will be held at the location of our contra dances, the Ballroom Academy of Columbia, at 3910 Peachtree Drive, instead of Trinity Presbyterian Church. Please help spread the word! 

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.

You can also see photos and videos from our 2016 Spring Breakdown Dance Weekend at the following links:

Luc Goldstein’s photos from the Saturday night dance are here.

Photos and videos from the whole weekend are on our Spring Breakdown Community page on Facebook.

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Spring Breakdown Dance Weekend in Columbia, MO

Questions?  Contact us at mmtdcolumbia@gmail.com or 573-446-2415

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Big Muddy Folk Festival, April 1-2

This weekend is the 25th Anniversary Big Muddy Folk Festival on Main and Vine in Boonville, Missouri.  The festival opens at 7:00 p.m. on Friday with a concert at Thespian Hall, featuring Ron Wall, Phyllis Dale, Bob Shad and Jazzou Jones, Leela and Ellie Grace, and One Drum. After the concert, everyone is invited to go across the street to Turner Hall for an old-time dance with calling by Jim Thaxter.

Saturday night’s concert also starts at 7:00 pm and features Cathy Barton and Dave Para with Snorty Horse, Lou and Peter Berryman, Anne Hills, and the Bar D Wranglers.

Saturday workshops begin at 9:30 a.m. and continue through the day. There will be many workshops to choose from – including clogging and body percussion and old time jams!  Click here for a complete schedule of the festival and workshop descriptions.

Tickets are $25 each night and $45 for the weekend.  Workshops are included with single or weekend tickets.  Or you can buy a workshop pass for $5.00.  Tickets can be ordered online or call the box office at 660-882-7977 or 888-588-1477 M-F, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

When you get hungry you can enjoy Terry Smith’s famous barbecue served at Turner Hall each day from 11 am – 9 pm.  The Friends of Historic Boonville board of directors sponsors the food event which raises funds to support the Friends’ general operations. 

A big thanks to Cathy Barton and Dave Para and the Friends of Historic Boonville for bringing us this world-class folk festival each year.

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Spring Breakdown Dance Weekend!

syncopaths from the stage

The Syncopaths playing for last year’s Spring Breakdown 

Spring Breakdown 2016 is this weekend, March 18-20!  Come and dance to the music of Nor’easter with calling by Steve Zakon-Anderson at the Kimball Ballroom in Lela Raney Wood Hall on the Stephens College campus.  Be sure to attend the after-dance receptions at Orr Street Studios (bring a snack to share) and our traditional Pancake Brunch Potluck on Sunday (we provide pancakes, juice, tea, and coffee).

The weekend schedule is below.  You can also find registration info, workshop descriptions, maps, parking information, and more at our website, https://mmtdcolumbia.org/dance-weekend.

If you haven’t preregistered, don’t worry – you can pay at the door.

Questions?  Email Shelley Botts at mmtdsbd@gmail.com

See you on the dance floor!

SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTS*: (For more details see the complete schedule):

Thursday, March 17
7 pm Free Concert with Nor’easter at Daniel Boone Regional Library
100 W Broadway, Columbia, MO 65203

Friday, March 18
noon–5:00 p.m. “The Joy of Calling” Callers’ Workshop
8:00 p.m.—Evening dance
11:30 p.m.—After-Dance Social (bring a snack to share)

Saturday, March 19
10:30 a.m.–Noon—New England Chestnuts/Tomfoolery for Inactives DanceWorkshop with Jerome Grisanti
10:30 am – Noon – Yoga workshop with Jan Harcourt
1:30–3:00 p.m.—Challenging Contras & Squares (with Steve Zakon-Anderson and Nor’easter)
3:15–4:45 p.m.—Unusual Shaped Dances (with Steve Zakon-Anderson and Nor’easter)
5:15 – 7:00 p.m. Rendezvous of Regional Dance Organizers. Broadway Brewery
8:00 p.m.—Evening Dance
11:30 p.m.—After-Dance Social

Sunday, March 20
10:30 a.m.–Noon—Brunch
11:30 a.m.—Open Waltzing
12:30–2:30—Farewell Dance

*Tentative schedule subject to change

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