More dancing–Friday and Saturday, March 21 and 22, 2014

THANKS AND KUDOS

Many thanks and kudos to Betsy Collins, the MMTD Board and all the volunteers and participants who made this Spring Breakdown so memorable. One dancer said it was the best dance weekend she’d ever been to. Wow! Thanks also to Luc for his fabulous photos! He does a great job capturing the spirit of the dance.

I know that attending a dance weekend just makes a person want more dancing, and we’re in luck! This weekend we have 2 dances scheduled: the regular Friday Dance and English Country Dance on Saturday.

CONTRA DANCE THIS FRIDAY, MARCH 21st

This week we welcome back fiddler John White and his Nine Mile Band. Nine Mile is known for its driving fast music performed by John with David Cavins on guitar, Amber Gaddy on accordion (and perhaps other instruments), and Jim Ruth on banjo. These are some of the best musicians in mid-Missouri! Calling will be back our own favorite master caller, Jim Thaxter.

Jim Thaxter teaches and calls the dances throughout the evening, while Nine Mile Band provides some lively old-time fiddle tunes that keep everyone moving.

Jim Thaxter teaches and calls the dances throughout the evening, while Nine Mile Band provides some lively old-time fiddle tunes that keep everyone moving.

ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE SATURDAY, MARCH 22nd

Saturday we will have our next English Country Dance. Music will be brought to us by 32 BarTenders featuring more of mid-Missouri’s best musicians: Tom Verdot on fiddle, Thom Howard on guitar and mandolin, Rebecca Logan on flute and Marcie McGuire on keyboards. These folks weave a delightful tapestry of arrangements for these elegant dances!

photo of band members

32 BarTenders serving up some lively tunes for your dancing pleasure.

FRIDAY’S AND SATURDAY’S DANCE LOCATION

Don’t forget!  We have moved.  Dances are now held at The Ballroom Academy of Columbia (BAC).  This wonderful facility has a spacious, floating wood floor and comfortable seating.  The BAC is located at 3910 Peachtree Drive in the same plaza as the French Laundry (behind Arby’s) and faces Monterey Drive.   For directions and a map go to:   mmtdcolumbia.org/2013/08/19/new-venue-announced-for-mmtd/

The dance is from 7:30–10:30 pm (beginners’ lesson at 7:00).   Admission $8.00 ($5.00 for ages 16–25 or with student ID; free for children 15 and under).  Season pass information is below.

Important Note – Please wear soft-soled or leather soled shoes to preserve the floor–no spike heels or cowboy boots. Please carry-in appropriate dance shoes as needed.

The BAC has an endless water dispenser with paper cups, but we encourage you to bring a water bottle.

Carpooling: If you need a ride or are willing to drive to the Ballroom Academy from downtown, contact Rhett at hartmanga@gmail.com.

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