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.

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.

October 18: 'Wind that Shakes the Barley' with caller Hilton Baxter

Hilton Baxter

Autumn winds a-blowin thru the fields unleash rhythm with melodies that follow in natural harmony. Echoing, amplifying and multiplying nature's cadence, Wind that Shakes the Barley, with the unique melody of hammered dulcimer will enchant dancers this October dance.

Our caller, Hilton Baxter, having called for touring bands such as Great Bear Trio brings his easy-going style to Gainesville. A long-time caller from upstate NY, he "will get everyone moving to the music quickly and with confidence".

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