Feb 20: Susie Rudder with The Dementors

Susie Rudder & Road Skolars

Susie Rudder works her magic with the Dementors this Saturday night, jinxing the Dark Arts and conjuring contra dance enchantment!

Under Susie's spell, the Dementors – Garrett, Frank, Karan, Pat, Chuck and Tim – weave a musical spell that will beguile the crowd. Even the Muggles will be delighted.

• Susie Rudder - Caller
• Garrett Alvar - Banjo
• Frank Lorenz - Fiddle
• Karan Newman - Mandolin
• Pat Stevens - Guitar
• Chuck Spitzner - Bass
• Tim Stevens - Man of Mystery

Feb 7th: Contra dance to Palma Sola & JoLaine Jones-Pokorney

GODS contra dance

CALLER: JoLaine Jones-Pokorney
BAND: Palma Sola
• Bill Dudley on guitar
• Sherry Lowe on fiddle
• Sarah Mitchell on flute, hammered dulcimer & various noisy objects (feet, whistle, drum)
No partner or experience is necessary.
Snacks at the break are provided by dancers. If you snack, bring one to share and a water bottle to help our planet.
Child care is provided. See our website FAQ for details: Gainesville Old-Time Dance Society/FAQ at www.godsdance.org/?q=node%2F8

Jan 30-31, 2016: Mid-Winter Frolic dance weekend

Elftones and Gaye Fifer

GODS Mid-Winter Dance Frolic
Advanced Contra, Waltz, and English Country Dance
January 30-31, 2016
Music by The Elftones
Caller - Gaye Fifer of Pittsburgh

YouTube video of Gaye Fifer calling contra to the music of The Elftones at Glen Echo, MD: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muEM2hI0Nqk

Jan 16th: Frances & Friends with caller Rona Wiener

Rona Wiener & Frances Pisacane

Come contra dance this Saturday, January 16th at the Thelma Boltin Center, 516 NE 2nd Ave, Gainesville, FL

CALLER: Rona Wiener

Blending dance gypsy experience with contra joy, Rona Wiener calls an engaging program for all levels of dancers. Rona's enthusiasm for the dance embraces teaching workshops for a thriving contra community.

BAND: *Frances And Friends*
• Frances Pisacane on fiddle
• Sarah Mitchell on flute, feet, whistle, drum
• Bill Dudley on guitar

Jan 3: Angela DeCarlis & Maivish

Jan 3: Angela DeCarlis & Maivish

O Canada! Home to the coolest prime minister and the hottest contra duo – MAIVISH.

The prime minister won’t be coming to Gainesville, but Maivish will arrive on January 3 to grace our stage with a sound that is “mercurial, enchanting, powerful and uplifting.” The duo of American fiddler Jaige Trudel and British born guitarist Adam Brome has been performing together for over a decade – making music with roots in the British Isles, Ireland and America.

Dec 19: Smoky Hollow String Band & Vicki Morrison

Smoky Hollow String Band & Vicki Morrison

The Smoky Hollow String String Band is droppin' in from Tallahassee. Inspired by the the mountains, hollers and flat-lands of bygone days, three veteran musicians bring you hard drivin', no holds barred traditional music for an evening of joyous and sprightly dancing.

Vicki Morrison, a contra dancer for eight years, and caller for five, aims for a joyful dance experience for both new and experienced dancers. She calls dances that flow well and are fun for everyone.

December 6: Andy Kane calling with Quincy Qutups

G.O.D.S. banner

A holiday season extravaganza of a couple of Grammy-nominated musicians, a champion old-time fiddler sprinkled with a few multi-instrumentalists graces our Dec. 6 dance. The Quincy Qutups lays claim to over a hundred musician-years of entertaining pleasure.

Andy Kane is known for his easy instructional walk-throughs and sharing the groove with southern tunes. He has been a featured dance caller at Gamblefest, Pinewoods Music and Dance Camp, and the Florida Folk Festival.

Nov 29th Advanced Contra: Category Five + Joey Norton

Category Five is: • Sarah Mitchell on flute, hammered dulcimer, and percussion; • Kathie Aagaard on fiddle; • John McEwen on Irish banjo, tenor guitar, percussion; and • David Massey on keyboard.

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 - just in time to dance off a day of feasting.

Anchoring the tempest is our caller, Joey Norton.

Category Five is:
• Sarah Mitchell on flute, hammered dulcimer, and percussion;
• Kathie Aagaard on fiddle;
• John McEwen on Irish banjo, tenor guitar, percussion; and
• David Massey on keyboard.

Nov 21: Jonathan King and Wind That Shakes The Barley

Jonathan King and Wind That Shakes The Barley

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.

Tempering the blustering winds, calling our dances will be Jonathan King, Gainesville's own high energy dance caller.

Nov. 1: Piper & Kurt's Irish contra dance wedding

Kurt Seaburg and Piper Call in 2009

Dear all contra and Irish dancers! Kurt Seaburg and Piper Call will be tying the knot on Sunday, November 1st at the GODS contra dance (during the break at ~5:30 pm) in a brief ceremony conducted by JoLaine Jones-Pokorney.

You are all most welcome to come and enjoy the contra dance and see Kurt and Piper get officially hitched! The dance runs from 4-7 pm and takes place at the Thelma Boltin Center in Gainesville, 516 NE 2nd Avenue and cost for the dance is $10.

Don't miss this event!