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.

November 16 - 17 Contra Dance Double-Whammy

November 16 and 17 gets a double-whammy contra dance in Gainesville! Saturday evening, November 16, we have visiting talent from Atlanta - "Whistlin Rufus" and caller Doug Singleton at the Thelma Boltin Center, and Sunday afternoon is the University of Florida contra dance club featuring Jonathan King calling and "Just Twistin' Hay".

July 19 Whistlin' Rufus and Doug Singleton

Whistlin' Rufus

The dance delight continues with Atlanta quartet Whistlin Rufus and their "fast, energetic, interesting dance music". Having played for years around the Southeast and Midwest, this is a return engagement for our dance. Do not miss the opportunity to get your Contra on, in air-conditioned comfort on a sprung dance floor.

Calling for Whistlin Rufus is Doug Singleton, a long time caller and active in the Atlanta Contra community.

Whistlin Rufus is: Ann Whitley on fiddle, Doug Olsen, mandolin, Cindy Olsen, bass and Matt Levine, guitar.

Dec 1 - Special dance - Sassafras Stomp and Terry Doyle

December 1 we welcome a very special band and caller - Sassafras Stomp and Terry Doyle. Sassafras Stomp was one of the bands who dazzled dancer in the 2012 Catapult! Showcase and Terry Doyle is an accomplished caller who travels extensively to call across the country. You won't want to miss this event! And with a short drive south, you can also dance with this band and caller in Tampa on November 30.

August 3, 2014 - Category 5 and Vicki Morrison - Contra Dance

Category Five with Vicki Morrison on August 3, 2014

A collision of classical strings and African rhythms is just half of the musical storm blowing your way when Category 5 returns to Gainesville. The storm force builds with their high energy jigs and reels - predictions are for few dry dancers on the floor.

Anchoring the tempest is our caller, Vicki Morrison, who advocates contra dancing as the answer to world peace.

Category 5 is: Sarah Mitchell on flute, hammered dulcimer, percussion, Kathie Aagaard (of the Florida Orchestra) on fiddle, John McEwen - Irish banjo, tenor guitar, percussion, David Massey - keyboard.

December 21 - Vicki Morrison and Smoky Hollow String Band

Vicki Morrison

Vicki Morrison from Tallahassee will be calling the dances to the music of "Smoky Hollow String Band", 8pm, December 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!

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