May 1: Palma Sola & Vickie Morrison

Vickie Morrison

CALLER: Vickie Morrison
BAND: Palma Sola

Palma Sola is:
• Bill Dudley on guitar
• Sherry Lowe on fiddle
• Sarah Mitchell on flute, hammered dulcimer & various noisy objects (feet, whistle, drum)

New dancers, and those wishing to review their dance moves or help others to do so, please attend the beginner's contra lesson from 3:40-4pm. Prior is our open waltz from 2:45-3:30 pm. All for one low admission. Dancers from ages 16-25 pay only $5 / $10 otherwise. Dancers age 15 & under get in free when accompanied by an adult.

April 3: Smokey Hollow String Band & Jonathan King

Smokey Hollow String Band & Jonathan King

The Smoky Hollow String Band is droppin' in from Tallahassee. Inspired by the mountains, hollers and flat-lands of bygone days, three veteran musicians bring you hard drivin', no holds barred traditional music for a special evening of air conditioned dancing.

Gainesville’s own inscrutable Jonathan King will amaze and entertain you with energetic dance patterns that will leave you breathless and hollering for more.

March 19: Brooke Friendly calling ECD + Contra

Brooke Friendly & Yazoo Kickstarts

The Gainesville Old-Time Dance Society presents a special Spring Dance event featuring caller Brooke Friendly on Saturday 19 March 2016 from 2pm until 10 pm.

An energetic double-dip afternoon of English country dances & evening of contra dancing with caller Brooke Friendly from Ashland, Oregon calling to music by Hoggetowne Fancy and the Yazoo Kickstarts

March 6: 'Wind That Shakes The Barley' with Gary Arthur

Wind That Shakes The Barley

Gary Arthur will be calling contra dances to the music of 'The Wind That Shakes The Barley' on March 6th from 4-7 pm at the Thelma Boltin Center. Introductory workshop for beginning dancers starts at 3:30pm and is highly recommended! Experienced dancers, be there early to partner with those newcomers and help them have the time of their lives!

Feb 20: Susie Rudder with The Dementors

Susie Rudder & Road Skolars

Susie Rudder works her magic with the Dementors this Saturday night, jinxing the Dark Arts and conjuring contra dance enchantment!

Under Susie's spell, the Dementors – Garrett, Frank, Karan, Pat, Chuck and Tim – weave a musical spell that will beguile the crowd. Even the Muggles will be delighted.

• Susie Rudder - Caller
• Garrett Alvar - Banjo
• Frank Lorenz - Fiddle
• Karan Newman - Mandolin
• Pat Stevens - Guitar
• Chuck Spitzner - Bass
• Tim Stevens - Man of Mystery

Feb 7th: Contra dance to Palma Sola & JoLaine Jones-Pokorney

GODS contra dance

CALLER: JoLaine Jones-Pokorney
BAND: Palma Sola
• Bill Dudley on guitar
• Sherry Lowe on fiddle
• Sarah Mitchell on flute, hammered dulcimer & various noisy objects (feet, whistle, drum)
No partner or experience is necessary.
Snacks at the break are provided by dancers. If you snack, bring one to share and a water bottle to help our planet.
Child care is provided. See our website FAQ for details: Gainesville Old-Time Dance Society/FAQ at www.godsdance.org/?q=node%2F8

Jan 30-31, 2016: Mid-Winter Frolic dance weekend

Elftones and Gaye Fifer

GODS Mid-Winter Dance Frolic
Advanced Contra, Waltz, and English Country Dance
January 30-31, 2016
Music by The Elftones
Caller - Gaye Fifer of Pittsburgh

YouTube video of Gaye Fifer calling contra to the music of The Elftones at Glen Echo, MD: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muEM2hI0Nqk

Jan 16th: Frances & Friends with caller Rona Wiener

Rona Wiener & Frances Pisacane

Come contra dance this Saturday, January 16th at the Thelma Boltin Center, 516 NE 2nd Ave, Gainesville, FL

CALLER: Rona Wiener

Blending dance gypsy experience with contra joy, Rona Wiener calls an engaging program for all levels of dancers. Rona's enthusiasm for the dance embraces teaching workshops for a thriving contra community.

BAND: *Frances And Friends*
• Frances Pisacane on fiddle
• Sarah Mitchell on flute, feet, whistle, drum
• Bill Dudley on guitar

Jan 3: Angela DeCarlis & Maivish

Jan 3: Angela DeCarlis & Maivish

O Canada! Home to the coolest prime minister and the hottest contra duo – MAIVISH.

The prime minister won’t be coming to Gainesville, but Maivish will arrive on January 3 to grace our stage with a sound that is “mercurial, enchanting, powerful and uplifting.” The duo of American fiddler Jaige Trudel and British born guitarist Adam Brome has been performing together for over a decade – making music with roots in the British Isles, Ireland and America.

Dec 19: Smoky Hollow String Band & Vicki Morrison

Smoky Hollow String Band & Vicki Morrison

The Smoky Hollow String String Band is droppin' in from Tallahassee. Inspired by the the mountains, hollers and flat-lands of bygone days, three veteran musicians bring you hard drivin', no holds barred traditional music for an evening of joyous and sprightly dancing.

Vicki Morrison, a contra dancer for eight years, and caller for five, aims for a joyful dance experience for both new and experienced dancers. She calls dances that flow well and are fun for everyone.

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