Saturday March 21: The Dunehoppers with Alice Milmoe

The Dunehoppers

Saint Augustine jumps with history - from it's Spanish founding to an early winter retreat to modern times as the home of the famed and esteemed Dunehoppers. With award wining fiddling and equally engaging rhythm, percussion and even more strings, their melodic contra will keep you on your feet.

On your feet, says Alice from Apopka, with an encore performance in the callers spot, and a retinue of different dances. Ms. Milmoe's calling lineage boasts history of it's own.

March 1 Rode Skollars and Stan Prince

Budding trees and fresh breezes harken seasonal change. Change in contra bands is more subtle - The Rode Skollers, formerly known as the Road Scholars - will do their best to live up to their new image this Sunday.

Anchoring us in this sea of change, is our caller Stan Prince. Fresh from co-hosting the 20th annual Snow Ball, Stan brings us his longtime love of the dance, some old favorites and perhaps a new gem.

GODS Contra Weekend 2015

GODS Contra Weekend 2014

DANCING WITH THE GODS


2015 Contra Dance Weekend

February 20-21-22, 2015

Music by the Great Bear Trio and the Rafter Ringers

Callers Beth Molaro and Sarah VanNorstrand.

Feb. 1: Whistling Anchovy Brothers and Jonathan King

Jonathan and Ruth King

An award winning fiddler and a local banjo plucker join another talented duo to enchant your dance muse. Hailing from Gainesville, Tampa and St. Augustine the New! and Improved! Whistling Anchovy Brothers will surely surprise and delight us all.

The Whistling Anchovy Brothers are Bill Paine (mandolin), Mike Stapleton (Banjo), David Massey (piano) and Allen Hood (fiddle).

Our caller, Jonathan King, also known to be full of surprises, is well known to our dance community - and beyond!

Potluck Poachers and Richard Hopkins 7-10 pm Sat. Jan. 17

Potluck Poachers

Mixing a pair of former Mainiacs and a trio of Dementors creates some mid-winter mischief to heat up our next dance. Starting contra-musician life at the University of Maine, Pete and Eleta join three of the Dementors members to do some Potluck Poaching and down-home contra music playing for our next dance.

Our caller was so hooked on dancing in grammar school that he had the Virginia Reel and some squares at his wedding. Richard Hopkins, a "mostly-retired" epidemiologist, will be sharing his lifelong love of Contra and Squares in the caller's spot.

Jan 4: Emily Ann Thompson Band and Angela DeCarlis

Emily Ann Thompson Band called by Angele DeCarlis

A Florida tour favorite, spilling over with upbeat, high-energy dance tunes, the Emily Ann Thompson Band returns to Gainesville. A national touring artist with three albums and another in the works, the contra-thrall has electrified the air in past performances.

"Super-stoked" to work with Emily Ann again, is Angela DeCarlis, a "local gal returning from the Big City". The combination has packed the hall in previous tours. Angela's recent adventures include calling dances in the Boston area and beyond.

December 29 Advanced Dance with "The Gadabouts" and Stan Prince

The Gadabouts

Comes celebrate the New Year a couple of days early with "The Gadabouts" and caller Stan Prince. The Advanced Dance is for those dancers who have attended at least three contra dances in the past and feel comfortable with the most common contra dance figures. While a new dancer will not be turned away, this dance does not accommodate them as do our regular dances. There will be no introductory workshop and the evening may not necessarily begin with easy dances and build up in complexity. If you want to introduce a newbie to contra, please bring her/him to one of the regular dances.

Aug 31: Advanced Contra Dance - Kumquats at Large with JoLaine Jones-Pokorney

Kumquats at Large called by JoLaine Pokorney

Of the many Kumquat varieties, those At Large are one of the tastiest. Five years in the making, the Kumquats At Large serve up Rich Crew (fiddle and recorder), Sarah Mitchell (penny whistle, flute, drum, foot percussion and hammered dulcimer) and Bill Dudley, guitar.

JoLaine Jones-Pokorney adds her unique spice to the mix, calling dances to challenge and please your dance palate.

January 5 - Emily Ann Thompson Band and Angela DeCarlis

Angela DeCarlis

Start the year off with a rip-roaring contra dance to the tunes of Emily Ann Thompson Band from Indiana and caller Angela DeCarlis.

September 7: Contra Yazoo Kickstarts - John Rogers calling

Yazoo Kickstarts

Git your Yazoo out and Kickstart some fine Fall dancing and great music. Yup, music-ing fer us, are the Yazoo Kickstarts with Mike Stapleton on fiddle, Bill Paine - mandolin & guitar, Marietta Massey - banjo, David Massey - fiddle & piano.

Our caller, John Rogers, usually booking talent in Cocoa and Melbourne, steps out in front of the spotlight this Sunday. John is an "almost FL native who mis-spent his youth not dancing...until he came upon a group that called out instructions." A rousing Gainesville welcome to John.

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