Fall dance season begins! Contra Dance – Friday, Sept 16; Community Dance – Saturday, Sept 17

The MMTD fall season of dancing kicks off with two dance opportunities this weekend! Our regular contra dance season starts on Friday, September 16 at the Ballroom Academy of Columbia. We’ll be dancing 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. Guest caller Jim Hemphill will be calling to guide you through each dance.

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. Dance passes for the season will be available.  See below for more information.

The following day, Saturday, September 17, join us for a free family dance opportunity at the Columbia Parks and Recreation Heritage Festival in Nifong Park.  We’re scheduled for 3:00 pm on The Maplewood Barn Stage.  All ages will be invited to join in to dancing to the music of the 32 Bartenders with Jim Thaxter calling.  Nifong Park is located at 3700 Ponderosa St. (Hwy 63 S & AC/Grindstone Parkway exit west)

DANCE LOCATION & DETAILS

Contra dances are held at The Ballroom Academy of Columbia (BAC) most first, third, and fifth Fridays.  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: https://mmtdcolumbia.org/location/ 

No experience is needed! Each dance is taught and more experienced dancers are happy to provide guidance during the dance. No partner is needed either, as dancers generally switch partners each dance.

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. 

DANCE PASS

Contra Dance only: $80.00 – good for 11 dances September 16 – January 20, 2017; $50.00 (students and ages 16-25, free for children 15 and under). One free dance if purchased by September 16, 2016.

Choose Your Dance: $96.00 – good for any combination of 13 Contra or English Country dances September 16 – January 20, 2017; $60.00 (students and ages 16-25, free for children 15 and under). One free dance if purchased by September 16, 2016.

FOR MORE INFORMATIONmmtdcolumbia@gmail.com or 573-825-4698.

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