May 31: John Rogers calls advanced contra with Kumquats at Large

Following the Folk Festival with more homegrown delights, Kumquats at Large promises to turn a languid Sunday afternoon into a Hoppin' John of a dance occasion. Advanced dancing in air-conditioned comfort!

Our caller, John Rogers, savored the sweetness of "finding a dance form that hollered out instructions while you were doing it. It was like having on-board navigation." Any comments on his dance navigation are welcome!

Kumquats at Large is: Rich Crew (fiddle and recorder), Sarah Mitchell (penny whistle, flute, drum, foot percussion and hammered dulcimer) and Bill Dudley, guitar.

This is an advanced contra dance for experienced dancers willing to be challenged and to enhance their dance skills. In brief, 'experienced' means that you know contra moves without being taught. You know how to recover from a lapse, assist your partner and execute flourishes safely and on time.

Advanced dances are 5th Sundays from 4-7 pm. Doors open at 2:45 for social Waltzing. This dance has a suggested donation of $5 for those 25 and under and $10 otherwise. Admission includes Waltzing and Contra.

The dance is at the Thelma Boltin Center, 516 NE 2nd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601. 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. Parking is in the lot across the street and in marked spaces on adjacent streets.

John Rogers misspent his youth and much of his adulthood avoiding dance situations because they felt like a foreign subject. How sweet it was to find a dance form that hollered out instructions while you were doing it. It was like having on-board navigation.

"I dance more than I call but while on the floor I am imagining what I need to hear as a dancer and when I need to hear it. And I'm always on the lookout for great dances that do well in a mixed crowd. Your feedback is always welcome."

John Rogers

Sunday, May 31, 2015