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.
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.
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.
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.