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!

August 16: The Gadabouts with caller Stan Prince

The Gadabouts

The Gadabouts are dropping in for an evening of "percussive, foot-tappin', yes ma'am, shake your booty good time" Contra Dancing! Get your fix of old time music gone amok interspersed with zesty and beautiful cajun waltzes.

Calling for the gadabouts is Stan Prince, whose believes that "dancers are there to dance to the music and not to listen to the caller once they’ve learned the dance". He has been calling for ten years and dancing a whole lot longer.

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.

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