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.

a Black-Light Affair - Techno Contra on UF Campus

techno contra on UF Campus

It's time once again for the UF Techno Contra Dance! On September 14th, the Rion Ballroom will be filled with blacklights, lasers, and a whole batch of techno music provided by DJ "Big Daddy". Also, we have Matthew Morse of St. Augustine coming to call the dance!

If you've never contra danced before, don't worry! There will be numerous dancers willing to assist you. Additionally, there will be a beginner's dance lesson at 7:30 PM (followed by the actual dance starting at 8:00PM).

April 6: Coracree with caller JoLaine Pokorney

Coracree

April 6: 1st Sunday dance (4-7 pm)
Band: Coracree
Caller: JoLaine Jones-Pokorney

Coracree is a contemporary contra dance band that melds a mixture of traditional Celtic, Old Time, European and Original music played with an improvisational twist. Featuring the always lively and playful fiddling of Jane Rothfield, the driving swing of Bill Quern on tenor banjo, mandolin & melodeon, Sarah Gowan’s inventive guitar stylings and the melodic and rhythmic stand-up bass playing of Allan Carr. These guys rock!

Nov. 2: Kumquats at Large with JoLaine Jones-Pokorney

Kumquats at Large & JoLaine Jones-Pokorney

Sweet and tangy kumquats, fragrant on the breeze, only hint at the tasty tunes of another Florida homegrown, Kumquats at Large. Returning from a lauded performance, Bill Dudley and Sarah Mitchell are joined by the ever popular Rich Crew in enchanting a dancer's evening.

Our own ever-popular JoLaine Jones-Pokorney, a caller at Catapult in 2013, collaborates to call fun and tangy dances.

Kumquats at Large are:

Sept 21 - "Bashful Ramblers" and Gary Arthur

Gary Arthur will be calling the dances to the music of "Bashful Ramblers", 8pm, September 21 at the Thelma Boltin Center, 516 NE 2nd Ave. Introductory workshop for beginning dancers starts at 7:30pm and is highly recommended! Experienced dancers, be there early to partner with those newcomers and help them have the time of their lives!

Nov 15: Goosebumps with Alice Milmoe -- 7 pm at MLK Ctr.

Alice Milmoe

Different band, time and place!

From historic St. Augustine, Goosebumps, a Morse family labor of love, play their roots-inspired tunes to warm a cool November evening. Mom and the boys are a-tunin the strings for a night to remember.

Alice Milmoe, hopes to present dance figures with a difference. Or different figures. She'll keep you movin' too.

The Goosebumps are Matthew Morse, fiddle; Aaron Morse, fiddle and mandolin; Seth Morse, guitar; Dawn Morse, bass.

Sept 29 - ADVANCED Dance

Ron Buchanan

Every fifth Sunday, the GODS holds an Advanced Dance. What does that mean? There will be no introductory workshop and the dances will not cater to beginning dancers. If you have been to at least three regular dances, you are welcome to join us at the Advanced Dance! This is a great way to increase your dance skills! This Sunday, September 29, Ron Buchanan from Pittsburgh will be our caller. Ron is a much sought-after caller across the country so don't miss out. Playing the tunes will be "Hot Potatoes." Suggested donation is $8/$5 for students and under 21.

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