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.

October 19 - "Whistlin' Thieves" and Richard Hopkins

Richard Hopkins of Tallahassee will be calling the dances to the music of "Whistlin' Thieves", 8pm, October 19 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!

June 29: Yazoo Kickstarts called by Jonathan King

Jonathan & Ruthie King walk dancers through contra Wonderland.

Can mathematicians count and call contra dances at the same time? Come find out Sunday June 29 when Jonathan King guides us down the rabbit hole through choice contra-ptions of contra Wonderland.

Dances and figures from, or beyond, your wildest imagination may appear on the dance floor before you have a chance to cry 'help'! Come, stretch your dancing skills--and your mind--in the company of other daring dancers!

Playing for our dance will be a local favorite The Yazoo Kickstarts with Bill Paine, Mike Stapleton, Marietta Massey and David Massey.

Saturday Dec 20: Kumquats at Large & Sam Rotenberg

Kumquats-At-Large & Sam Rotenberg

Closing out the contra year, our ever-popular "old acquaintances", Kumquats at Large will play a dance not likely to be forgotten! Let's join together in dancing out 2014.

Our caller, Sam Rotenberg, is taking a break from calling In Philly and various other frozen locales to warm up a dance for us. Having also called at NEFFA and Pinewoods and being an English Country dancer, an interesting dance is sure to be afoot.

November 3 - "Kumquats at Large" and JoLaine Jones-Pokorney

Gainesville's own JoLaine Jones-Pokorney will be calling the dances to the music of "Kumquats at Large", 4pm, November 3 at the Thelma Boltin Center, 516 NE 2nd Ave. Introductory workshop for beginning dancers starts at 3:30pm and is highly recommended! Experienced dancers, be there early to partner with those newcomers and help them have the time of their lives!

GODS Dance Sunday July 6 - Barnstorm & Alice Milmoe

 GODS Dance Sunday July 6 - Barnstorm Quartet & Alice Milmoe

Declare your independence from another barbeque - come out and DANCE! Rock out this Sunday July 6, when Florida's own Barnstorm raises the rafters and blows down the hall, with an assist from Alice Milmoe calling the tunes.

With Sharon Hartmann, Lee Simpson, and Chris Campbell, Barnstorm has been known to move the floor with their undefinable mix of genres.

Alice Milmoe, a third generation caller will keep you moving with figures to delight your fancy.

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.

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