July 5: Rode Skollars pickup band + JoLaine Jones-Pokorney

Rode Skollars

Our entertainment on Sunday shares the surprise of a fireworks finale. The Rode Skollars Pickup! band, while not promising pyrotechnics, will fill the stage with both new and familiar faces. Whether on the stage or on the floor, all comers are welcome!*

Our caller, JoLaine Jones-Pokorney may have some of her own surprises to cast out to the dance floor.

The Rode Skollars is: Marion Lasley on guitar, Lloyd Baldwin on fiddle and banjo, Mike Stapleton on fiddle and banjo, and Bill Paine on mandolin.

June 7: Contra with The Gadabouts and Stan Prince

The Gadabouts

The Gadabouts are dropping in for an evening of "percussive, foot-tappin', yes ma'am, shake your booty good time" Contra Dancing! Get your fix of old time music gone amok interspersed with zesty and beautiful cajun waltzes.

Calling for the Gadabouts is Stan Prince, who believes that dancers wish to hear only music once they’ve learned the dance. Next week, Stan hosts the June Bug Bash in Tampa featuring the New England band Party of Three.

May 31: John Rogers calls advanced contra with Kumquats at Large

Following the Folk Festival with more homegrown delights, Kumquats at Large promises to turn a languid Sunday afternoon into a Hoppin' John of a dance occasion. Advanced dancing in air-conditioned comfort!

Our caller, John Rogers, savored the sweetness of "finding a dance form that hollered out instructions while you were doing it. It was like having on-board navigation." Any comments on his dance navigation are welcome!

Contra Saturday! Frances and Friends with Alice Milmoe May 16

Frances, Sarah and Bill, with their "lilting tunes and spirited arrangements" will play dance tunes to tell your friends about. These "well-seasoned" musicians are "sure to add spice to your dance experience!"

Alice Milmoe, an old friend to contra calling, adds Southern sugar to the mix for a full flavored dance experience.

Frances and Friends are Frances Pisacane on fiddle, Sarah Mitchell, flute, feet, whistle, drum, and Bill Dudley, guitar.

May 16: Frances and Friends with Alice Milmoe

Frances, Sarah and Bill, with their "lilting tunes and spirited arrangements" will play dance tunes to tell your friends about. These "well-seasoned" musicians are "sure to add spice to your dance experience!"

Alice Milmoe, an old friend to contra calling, adds southern sugar to the mix for a full flavored dance experience.

Frances and Friends are Frances Pisacane on fiddle, Sarah Mitchell, flute, feet, whistle, drum, and Bill Dudley, guitar.

May 3: Yazoo Kickstarts and JoLaine Jones-Pokorney

Yazoo Kickstartso

This Spring Sunday forecasts balmy breezes, delightful dance partners and the tasty tunes of The Yazoo Kickstarts. Lose yourself to a dance delight for a splendid spring afternoon.

Fresh from calling at the New England Folk Festival, JoLaine Jones-Pokorney, will have you dancing with and on the spring breezes.

The Yazoo Kickstarts are: Mike Stapleton on fiddle, Bill Paine - mandolin & guitar, Marietta Massey - banjo, David Massey - fiddle & piano.

Saturday April 25: Wild Asparagus Band in Melrose

Wild Asparagus

This Saturday, April 25, from 3 - 5 pm, Possum Trot will play to the calling of Andy Kane. (This is the dance before Wild Asparagus.)

SATURDAY
3 -5 Andy Kane with Possum Trot
5 - 6 Bring some food.
6 - 9 Wild Asparagus

SUNDAY
April 26, 11 am - 2 pm, Wild Asparagus

All at the DANCING FISH, 6228 Dogwood Lane, Melrose by Lake Santa Fe

Rain location:
Saturday, same times, 301 S.R. 26, Melrose Dream Center (formerly MACC)
Sunday, later time, 3 - 6 pm, 301 S.R. 26, Melrose Dream Center

April 18: Smoky Hollow String Band and Vicki Morrison

Smoky Hollow String Band

The mountains, hollers and flatlands bring you hard drivin', no holds barred traditional music. The music that stokes and drives The Smoky Hollow String Band - with dance tunes to add a little extra spring to your step. From Tallahassee, last we heard.

With a lot of spring in her step, Vicki Morrison, a retiree for a whopping four months, calls for us - in her continued work for World Peace through Contra dance.

April 5: Asheville Cats & Gaye Fifer

Ashville Cats

Newly formed and on their first tour, The Asheville Cats improvise and cajunize old time and modern contra tunes. From Pinellas Park and Coco, they close out their tour in Gainesville with gusto and grace.

Our evening dance and a special afternoon workshop are graced by Gaye Fifer, a Weekend and Dance Camp veteran. From Pittsburgh, PA, Gaye's easy style will surely please even the most discerning dancers!

The Asheville Cats are Laura Light on fiddle; Gary Anderson on guitar, fiddle, bass; and Trent Van Blaricom on percussion, mandolin, accordion, fiddle and sax.

Special Waltz Workshop Sunday, April 5

Waltz and contra are favorite, healthy pastimes for a fellow dancer in Pennsylvania. Read several paragraphs down for his comments reserved especially for waltz.

Dancing retiree finds it's never too late to learn some new steps.
http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/speak-easy/item/76787-dancing-retiree...
Courtesy of The Chief Factotum at South Florida Contra Dance newsletter.

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