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.

January 18 - "The Dunehoppers" and Susie Rudder

Don't miss our third Saturday dance on January 18 at the Thelma Boltin Center (516 NE 2nd Avenue) featuring "The Dunehoppers" and Susie Rudder calling. The dance begins at 8pm with an introductory workshop for beginning dancers at 7:30pm. Waltzing to live music, and a lesson for beginning and advanced waltzers, is held from 6:45 - 7:30pm. This waltz session is included in the price of the contra dance admission. If you only want to waltz, we suggest a $5 donation.

7 pm Sept 20: 'Comes When Called' with Susie Rudder

Comes When Called

Contra-Fusion is coming our way with "percussion toys" and "wild and crazy recorder improv". Layered with African rhythm and big-band strings, 'Comes When Called' promises to "delight dance floor denizens" with their Celtic, modern and old-time tunes.

Our caller, on a whistle stop in Gainesville from her world travels and budding ukulele career is Susie Rudder. Susie is also the house caller for the Melrose dance on 2nd Fridays.

Red Mountain White Trash Plays Tally and G'ville Jan 31- Feb 2

Red Mountain White Trash

Birmingham's Red Mountain White Trash old-time string band plays a long-overdue tour of North Florida January 31 - Feb 2. It's just a short 2-hour drive to Tallahassee to contra dance on Friday night and a concert and dance on Saturday night. Visit http://www.tallydancer.com for more details. Then "The Trash" arrives in Gainesville for a rip-roarin' contra dance on Sunday, Feb 2 from 4pm - 7pm at the beautiful Thelma Boltin Center 516 NE 2nd Avenue, 32601.

Oct. 5 Potluck Poachers with Eric Harris

Potluck Poachers

There's Magic in the Music with a whistling author, a multi-instrumentalist and the rest of the banjo-pickin, pot-licken, bass thumpin crew from the Sunny Melrose Contra. Bringing their old-time, country tunes with a touch of zest and spirit, the Potluck Poachers are cooking up a dance to remember.

Calling and devotedly carrying the contra flame, Eric Harris expects to be as happy calling for us as we are to see him in the caller's spot.

August 4 - Barnstorm and Dana Parkinson!

Dana Parkinson

Be there for our first Sunday in August dance with Barnstorm and Dana Parkinson. One of our favorite Florida bands will be playing for our favorite Florida caller! But actually, we have to say that Dana is now a national caller! She's called several weekends lately, so make sure you don't miss this event.
The dance is held at the historic Thelma Boltin Center, 516 NE 2nd Ave Gainesville, FL 32601.
Dancing begins at 4pm with an Introductory Workshop for new dancers at 3:30.
Admission is $8/$5 for students and under 21. Childcare is provided.

Feb 15 - Yazoo Kickstarts and Jonathan King

Local favorites Yazoo Kickstarts and Jonathan King will be making the magic on our third saturday dance, Feb 15. Price of admission is $8/$5 for students and under 21. Bring a snack to share and a cup or water bottle to save the planet. Waltzing and instruction to live music will be available beginning at 6:45. Childcare is provided.

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