Monday, January 01, 2007

May I Have This Dance?

One of the great things about letterboxing is that it introduces people to places and experiences that they may have otherwise never known about One of my passions is dancing (American contradance, Irish set & ceili dance, English country dance, and other styles). It is not only fun and good exercise, but PERSONALly, if you’re a TRAVELLER like me, you not only meet new people but also see new places. Lucky for us, we also have lots of good local dancing.

I would personally like to invite you to a dance. This coming Friday, Jan. 5. 2007 is a special FREE DANCE designed especially for brand new dancers. If you missed the dancing venues at Columbia's First Night, you may want to check out this dance. Local callers Jim Thaxter and myself will be teaching all the dances, and you may find that you have the STAMP of a good dancer. The free dance info is below:

Special Dance---January 5, 2007---FREE!
Learn the secrets of great contra dancing. If you, or someone you know, has heard about contra dancing and wondered what it is all about, this evening is for you. All moves will be carefully explained, demonstrated, and practiced. By the end of the evening, you will be a contra dancer. And if you already know how to contra dance, come learn some tips to improve your style.
Taught by two of Columbia's most experienced callers. It doesn't matter if you have two left feet. Either left foot will work. Free. Live band.
At our regular place and time: First Christian Church, Tenth and Walnut, Columbia, MO. 7:30–10:30 p.m. Come alone, or bring a friend or two. Wear comfortable lightweight clothes (so that youwon't get too hot) and soft-soled shoes to protect the floor.

If you can't make it to the free dance, you may want to stop by a regular dance. The local contradance group dances on the first, third and fifth Fridays of most every month (except July and August). The Irish set and ceili group dances on the 2nd Friday of every month. Both dances are located at the First Christian Church in Columbia (enter from the parking lot side on Ash Street between 9th and 10th streets). Both have beginners lessons at 7:00 p.m. with the dance starting at 7:30 and running to 9:30 or 10:30 p.m. There is normally a fee of $5-6 per person (children under 12 get in free). You may also wish to check out schedules and more info about the Mid-Missouri Traditional Dancers contradance group at (note there is no “www”) or the Mid-Missouri Celtic Arts Association at If I’m teaching a dance, you can bet I’ll be there. If I’m not scheduled to call, but you want to find out if I’ll be there, you can contact me through PERSONAL channels or through either through the regular channels or the TRAVELLERS page.

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