English Country Dance – Saturday, May 6

Dance twice this weekend! The regular first Friday contra dance is on May 5 and the very next day, Saturday, May 6, we will hold the monthly English Country Dance. (Please note that this dance has been rescheduled from May 13 due to a scheduling conflict.) We’ll enjoy dancing to the 32 Bartenders, featuring Tom Verdot on fiddle, Marcie McGuire on keyboards, Rebecca Logan on flute, and Thom Howard on guitar and mandolin. The caller for the evening will be Jim Thaxter. This is the last scheduled English Country Dance for the season so don’t miss it!

The dance starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1600 Rollins Road. Admission is $8 for the public, $5 for students and ages 16-25, and free for children 15 and under.

No dance experience is needed and 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.

Beginners are encouraged to come to an introductory lesson at 7:00 p.m. Dancers should wear lightweight, comfortable clothing and soft-soled or leather-soled shoes to preserve the floor—no spike heels or cowboy boots.

Mid-Missouri Traditional Dancers sponsors regular contra and English Country Dances throughout the year. English dances are supported by the City of Columbia Office of Cultural Affairs.

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Contra Dance – Friday, May 5

We once again welcome special out-of-town musical guests* for our contra dance on Friday, May 5, when Snor T Horse will play, with Paula McFarling calling! Snor T Horse is composed of Cathy Barton, Dave Para, Tenley Hansen, and Mike Fraser. Banjoist and hammer dulcimer player Cathy Barton and guitarist Dave Para are acclaimed for their variety and expertise in both vocal and instrumental styles. Their more than 35 years of playing together have taken them to festivals, clubs, concert halls, schools and recording and media studios across the United States and five European tours. They also performed for many years on the riverboat Delta Queen.

Fiddler Mike Fraser and keyboardist Tenley Hansen specialize in high-energy music rooted in Celtic and old-time traditions. Mike has strong ties to the Ozarks, where he also apprenticed under the legendary Ozark fiddler Bob Holt. Keyboardist Tenley Hansen is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who spent much of her life in Kansas City and. She was a musical stage performer before she moved into folk music.

The contra 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 is needed. Every dance is taught and called throughout the evening.  Dancers should wear lightweight, comfortable clothing and soft-soled or leather-soled shoes to preserve the floor.

For more information, email mmtdcolumbia@gmail.com or call 573-825-4698.

*Funding for the “Bring Them Home” series is provided by the Columbia Office of Cultural Affairs. The series showcases the current generation of master fiddlers and accompanists who are an integral part of Missouri’s community dance tradition, but are rarely heard in the Columbia area.

 

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Contra Dance – Friday, April 21

Ellen Gomez

Ellen Gomez

Funding provided by the Columbia Office of Cultural Affairs is making possible a series of special musicians for four of the Mid-Missouri Traditional Dancers contra dances this year. The “Bringing it Home” series showcases the current generation of master fiddlers and accompanists who are an integral part of Missouri’s community dance tradition, but are rarely heard in the Columbia area.

One of the series is this Friday, April 21, when MMTD will welcome special guests Ellen Gomez and Friends. Ellen Gomez performs with the Folk Music in the Melting Pot educational program at Sheldon Concert Hall in St Louis. She holds MFA and MAT degrees from Washington University in St. Louis and teaches fine arts full time at Forsyth School, an independent elementary school in Clayton. She was the 2009-2010 recipient of a grant from The Missouri Folk Arts Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program to apprentice with Missouri master fiddler, Vesta Johnson. She has also studied with master fiddlers Bruce Green and Dirk Powell, among others.  Leading the dances this week will be local callers Jim Thaxter and Heidi Stallman.

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 info call 573-825-4698.

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English Country Dance – Friday, April 14

This month’s English Country Dance is Friday, April 14, featuring the 32 Bartenders, with Tom Verdot on fiddle, Marcie McGuire on keyboards, Rebecca Logan on flute, and Thom Howard on guitar and mandolin. Our caller guiding the dancers for the night is Elizabeth Couture.
The dance starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1600 Rollins Road. Admission is $8 for the public, $5 for students and ages 16-25, and free for children 15 and under. No dance experience is needed and 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.
Beginners are encouraged to come to an introductory lesson at 7:00 p.m. Dancers should wear lightweight, comfortable clothing and soft-soled or leather-soled shoes to preserve the floor—no spike heels or cowboy boots.
Hope to see you on the dance floor!
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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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