March 11, 2020

Dear Dance Community,

It was with great reluctance that the G.O.D.S. Board of Directors unanimously decided to CANCEL the next three dances due to the COVID-19 outbreak:
— Saturday, March 21, 2020,
— Sunday, March 29, 2020, and
— Sunday, April 5, 2020.

We did not make this decision lightly; contra dance and our dance community bring so much joy into our lives. But, the physical contact, face-to-face exposure, and multiple dance partners inherent in contra dance make it a prime opportunity to spread the coronavirus. No amount of hand washing will overcome this level of potential direct droplet transmission. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and resume dances at a time the G.O.D.S. Board deems appropriate and safe for our community.

G.O.D.S. Board of Directors

Come experience old-time dancing with the G.O.D.S. — the Gainesville Oldtime Dance Society! Contra dancing is aerobic social dancing to live music. There is no need to bring a partner — everyone is encouraged to find a new partner for each dance. Our inclusive group of experienced dancers always aim to be good hosts. Check out our calendar for when & where we are having our upcoming dances. We would love to see you there!

Saturday, Mar 21, 2020 — Contra Dance — CANCELLED
Caller: Alice Raibourn; Band: Kumquats
Location: Thelma Boltin Center, 516 NE 2nd Ave, Gainesville, FL
05:30-06:15p…Open waltz
06:45-07:00p…Contra lesson
07:00-10:00p…Contra dance
$10 [age 26+]; $ 5 [age 16-25]; Free [age 15 and under]

Sunday, Mar 29, 2020 — Advanced Contra Dance — CANCELLED
Caller: Angela DeCarlis; Band: Category 5
Location: Thelma Boltin Center, 516 NE 2nd Ave, Gainesville, FL
02:30-03:30p…Open waltz
04:00-07:00p…Contra dance
$10 [age 26+]; $ 5 [age 16-25]; Free [age 15 and under]

About contra dancing and our dances:
• Contra dancing is energetic, social dancing that’s fun for everyone (all ages are welcome) and no partner is necessary.
No experience is necessary. Contra dances are taught, walked through, & called. If you are new, please come to the beginner lesson (workshop) that begins about 15 minutes before the dance.
• The music is live.
No special dress is required. Wear comfortable, casual attire & clean, soft-soled shoes.
Fragrance-free space. As a favor to dancers who are sensitive or allergic, we ask that you refrain from wearing cologne, perfume, or scented products, or clothes smelling of cigarettes or incense.
Snacks at the break are provided by dancers. If you snack, please bring something to share. Please bring a refillable water bottle to help our planet. Water is provided. Paper cups are also available.
Parking is in the lot across the street from the Boltin Center and in marked spaces on adjacent streets.

Please check our FAQ page.

G.O.D.S. is a Group Affiliate of CDSS (the Country Dance & Song Society)

Magic is waiting for you at CDSS’s summer dance, music, and song camps! Through nine weeks of camp at four camp locations across the U.S., CDSS offers a variety of programming for adults and families. Whether you’re a beginning fiddler or a professional bagpiper, a brand-new contra dancer or a seasoned morris squire, there’s a place for you at a CDSS camp week. Lots of details here, including information on scholarships. Plan now for a week of joy this summer.

G.O.D.S. contra dance at the Thelma A Boltin Center in Gainesville
G.O.D.S. contra dance at the Thelma A Boltin Center in Gainesville