Contra Dance

Contra Saturday! Frances and Friends with Alice Milmoe May 16

Frances, Sarah and Bill, with their "lilting tunes and spirited arrangements" will play dance tunes to tell your friends about. These "well-seasoned" musicians are "sure to add spice to your dance experience!"

Alice Milmoe, an old friend to contra calling, adds Southern sugar to the mix for a full flavored dance experience.

Frances and Friends are Frances Pisacane on fiddle, Sarah Mitchell, flute, feet, whistle, drum, and Bill Dudley, guitar.

Red Mountain White Trash Plays Tally and G'ville Jan 31- Feb 2

Red Mountain White Trash

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.

January 5 - Emily Ann Thompson Band and Angela DeCarlis

Angela DeCarlis

Start the year off with a rip-roaring contra dance to the tunes of Emily Ann Thompson Band from Indiana and caller Angela DeCarlis.

December 29 Advanced Dance with "The Gadabouts" and Stan Prince

The Gadabouts

Comes celebrate the New Year a couple of days early with "The Gadabouts" and caller Stan Prince. The Advanced Dance is for those dancers who have attended at least three contra dances in the past and feel comfortable with the most common contra dance figures. While a new dancer will not be turned away, this dance does not accommodate them as do our regular dances. There will be no introductory workshop and the evening may not necessarily begin with easy dances and build up in complexity. If you want to introduce a newbie to contra, please bring her/him to one of the regular dances.

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.

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".

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!

October 6 - Eric Harris and the Briarpickers

Eric Harris will be calling the dances to the music of "the Briarpickers", 4pm, October 6 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!

Sept 29 - ADVANCED Dance

Ron Buchanan

Every fifth Sunday, the GODS holds an Advanced Dance. What does that mean? There will be no introductory workshop and the dances will not cater to beginning dancers. If you have been to at least three regular dances, you are welcome to join us at the Advanced Dance! This is a great way to increase your dance skills! This Sunday, September 29, Ron Buchanan from Pittsburgh will be our caller. Ron is a much sought-after caller across the country so don't miss out. Playing the tunes will be "Hot Potatoes." Suggested donation is $8/$5 for students and under 21.

Sept 21 - "Bashful Ramblers" and Gary Arthur

Gary Arthur will be calling the dances to the music of "Bashful Ramblers", 8pm, September 21 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!

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