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.
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".
Matthew Morse will be calling the dances to the twin-fiddle antics of "Just Twistin' Hay, 8pm Saturday August 17 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!
On March 30th 2014 Eric Harris called the GODS quarterly Advanced Contra Dance with music by the Hot Potatoes (Tom & Elle Hogan, and Sharon Hartmann). Visit the GODS FaceBook photo album for images of this event.
JoLaine Jones-Pokorney will be calling the dances to the music of "Wind That Shakes the Barley", 4pm, September 1 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!
Nationally acclaimed contradance band Wild Asparagus plays Gainesville Saturday April 12 from 8-11 with an introductory lesson at 7:30.
With George Marshall calling, Wild Asparagus has "rocked" dance floors across the US and Canada with their original, high-energy music based on traditional tunes from the British Isles and New England. They are one of the most popular contra dance bands in the country.
It's time once again for the UF Techno Contra Dance! On September 14th, the Rion Ballroom will be filled with blacklights, lasers, and a whole batch of techno music provided by DJ "Big Daddy". Also, we have Matthew Morse of St. Augustine coming to call the dance!
If you've never contra danced before, don't worry! There will be numerous dancers willing to assist you. Additionally, there will be a beginner's dance lesson at 7:30 PM (followed by the actual dance starting at 8:00PM).
Coracree is a contemporary contra dance band that melds a mixture of traditional Celtic, Old Time, European and Original music played with an improvisational twist. Featuring the always lively and playful fiddling of Jane Rothfield, the driving swing of Bill Quern on tenor banjo, mandolin & melodeon, Sarah Gowan’s inventive guitar stylings and the melodic and rhythmic stand-up bass playing of Allan Carr. These guys rock!
Sweet and tangy kumquats, fragrant on the breeze, only hint at the tasty tunes of another Florida homegrown, Kumquats at Large. Returning from a lauded performance, Bill Dudley and Sarah Mitchell are joined by the ever popular Rich Crew in enchanting a dancer's evening.
Our own ever-popular JoLaine Jones-Pokorney, a caller at Catapult in 2013, collaborates to call fun and tangy dances.