Dancing Contra-ditionally


Mid-Missouri Traditional Dancers revive and revitalize 19th century dances in Columbia, Mo. Journalism students from the University of Missouri cover this unique pastime.  

Board member Shelley Botts is twirled by her dance partner, board member Dave Wallen, during a dance on Nov. 15, 2013 in Columbia, Mo. Photo by Emerald O'Brien.

A dancer twirls through her group of four during a dance on Nov. 15, 2013 in Columbia, Mo. Most of the dances focus on pairs and groups of fours of dancers. Photo by Emerald O'Brien.

Dancers hold hands while in the long lines formation during a dance on Nov. 15, 2013 in Columbia, Mo. Photo by Emerald O'Brien.

Board member Shelley Botts is twirled by her dance partner, board member Dave Wallen, during a dance on Nov. 15, 2013 in Columbia, Mo. Photo by Emerald O'Brien.

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