Columbia organization invites public to put on its dancing shoes
COLUMBIA-The Mid-Missouri Traditional Dancers hosted their 16th annual Spring Breakdown.
Spring Breakdown is a weekend-long event that consists of different workshops for various genres of dance. Some of the dance styles included the Waltz and French dancing.
Event organizer Jim Thaxter said people from all over the country came to Columbia to participate in the Spring Breakdown.
"We've got people here from Maine, San Diego, California, Texas and Louisiana," Thaxter said. "People come from quite a ways away to dance for the whole weekend."
Thaxter said normally, the organization puts on monthly dances around Columbia but the Spring Breakdown gives the organization a chance to put on a "party" and share dance experiences will others who may not be from Columbia.
Participant Brent Hogue said he drove six hours from his home in Kansas to be part of the weekend full of dancing. Hogue said out of all of the workshops put on during the weekend his favorite dance is the Contra dance.
"I love the joy it puts on people's faces, there's a real connection, a lot of fun and laughter and it's a big team effort." he said.
Thaxter said Contra dancing is like folk dancing with origins from England, France and Ireland.
Hogue said the joy he feels from contra dancing is "hard to put in words."
Brenda Pallone, another Spring Breakdown participant, said dance, overall, has been very beneficial for her.
"It gives me joy in my life and it's wonderful to connect with all the people that like to dance," Pallone said. "The health benefits are also great. I think it's just a great way to spend time."
To learn more about the Mid-Missouri Traditional Dancers, click here.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Police say a man apparently had his mouth glued shut during a Springfield attack. The... More >>
FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — A Missouri man charged in the 1996 slaying of a 15-year-old Maryland girl will remain behind... More >>
JEFFERSON CITY - Lincoln University and Jefferson City Parks and Recreation announced the name for its new wellness and recreation... More >>
FORISTELL (AP) — Authorities said two New York women who were arrested in eastern Missouri after jumping out a second-story... More >>
SEDALIA - A fatal car crash left one woman dead and a toddler injured Thursday night, according to a Missouri... More >>
COLUMBIA - Police arrested a man following an armed robbery at Pickleman's Deli on Old 63 early Friday. Officers... More >>
CLAYTON (AP) — A suburban St. Louis mother has been convicted of poisoning her son with prescription medications and keeping... More >>
FLORISSANT (AP) — Authorities are looking for a driver who struck and killed a pedestrian before fleeing in St. Louis... More >>
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A former southwestern Missouri high school teacher has admitted in federal court that he downloaded child pornography... More >>
CENTERVIEW (AP) — Authorities say a riot inside a western Missouri jail pod has been squelched. The... More >>
COLUMBIA - In honor of Women's History Month, the Harry S. Truman Memorial Verterans' Hospital is recognizing the achievements of... More >>
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Chamber of Commerce hosted a forum for the Columbia Public School's school board and Boone Hospital... More >>
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is backing a contested health care overhaul proposed in the U.S. House.... More >>
COLUMBIA - As students and families are preparing to go on spring break trips, the Columbia/Boone County Public Health and... More >>
CAMDEN COUNTY - A confrontation between neighbors ended with a man shooting two dogs, the Camden County Sheriff's Office said.... More >>
JEFFERSON CITY - Lincoln University's president, Kevin D. Rome, will resign effective June 30 and the next day take over... More >>
Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:
Coming Up Next
1:00pDays of Our Lives
2:00pThe Dr. Oz Show
9:00pKOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW