March 1 Rode Skollars and Stan Prince

Budding trees and fresh breezes harken seasonal change. Change in contra bands is more subtle - The Rode Skollers, formerly known as the Road Scholars - will do their best to live up to their new image this Sunday.

Anchoring us in this sea of change, is our caller Stan Prince. Fresh from co-hosting the 20th annual Snow Ball, Stan brings us his longtime love of the dance, some old favorites and perhaps a new gem.

Feb. 1: Whistling Anchovy Brothers and Jonathan King

Jonathan and Ruth King

An award winning fiddler and a local banjo plucker join another talented duo to enchant your dance muse. Hailing from Gainesville, Tampa and St. Augustine the New! and Improved! Whistling Anchovy Brothers will surely surprise and delight us all.

The Whistling Anchovy Brothers are Bill Paine (mandolin), Mike Stapleton (Banjo), David Massey (piano) and Allen Hood (fiddle).

Our caller, Jonathan King, also known to be full of surprises, is well known to our dance community - and beyond!

Potluck Poachers and Richard Hopkins 7-10 pm Sat. Jan. 17

Potluck Poachers

Mixing a pair of former Mainiacs and a trio of Dementors creates some mid-winter mischief to heat up our next dance. Starting contra-musician life at the University of Maine, Pete and Eleta join three of the Dementors members to do some Potluck Poaching and down-home contra music playing for our next dance.

Our caller was so hooked on dancing in grammar school that he had the Virginia Reel and some squares at his wedding. Richard Hopkins, a "mostly-retired" epidemiologist, will be sharing his lifelong love of Contra and Squares in the caller's spot.

Jan 4: Emily Ann Thompson Band and Angela DeCarlis

Emily Ann Thompson Band called by Angele DeCarlis

A Florida tour favorite, spilling over with upbeat, high-energy dance tunes, the Emily Ann Thompson Band returns to Gainesville. A national touring artist with three albums and another in the works, the contra-thrall has electrified the air in past performances.

"Super-stoked" to work with Emily Ann again, is Angela DeCarlis, a "local gal returning from the Big City". The combination has packed the hall in previous tours. Angela's recent adventures include calling dances in the Boston area and beyond.

Saturday Dec 20: Kumquats at Large & Sam Rotenberg

Kumquats-At-Large & Sam Rotenberg

Closing out the contra year, our ever-popular "old acquaintances", Kumquats at Large will play a dance not likely to be forgotten! Let's join together in dancing out 2014.

Our caller, Sam Rotenberg, is taking a break from calling In Philly and various other frozen locales to warm up a dance for us. Having also called at NEFFA and Pinewoods and being an English Country dancer, an interesting dance is sure to be afoot.

Sunday Dec 7, 4-7 pm: Contraforce Tour with Emily Abel - Rocking Contra

Contraforce Tour with Emily Abel

Rocking Contra into the 22nd Century and beyond, Contraforce merges music we know and love with psychedelia, surf rock, and metal to expand your mind and stretch your dance mojo. Embrace the future, throw open your perceptions and dare yourself to swim in the constancy of change.

Keeping faith at the mike, Emily Abel, a bicyclist and avid volunteer from Winston-Salem, NC, "is very excited to call a dance for YOU!"

Nov 30 Advanced contra dance: The Briar Pickers with Vicki Morrison

The Briar Pickers

Advanced Dance off the Turkey and Stuffing Sunday Nov. 30, 4-7 PM

Tumbling in with humor and old-time style, the award-winning Briar Pickers aim to stick to your dance fancy. Musical influences including Swing, Classical and Civil War era music showcase a flair for variety sure to please and entertain discerning dancers.

Our caller, Vicki Morrison, newly retired, aims for world peace through contra dancing. She brings her vision to Gainesville this weekend. Don't miss it!

Nov 15: Goosebumps with Alice Milmoe -- 7 pm at MLK Ctr.

Alice Milmoe

Different band, time and place!

From historic St. Augustine, Goosebumps, a Morse family labor of love, play their roots-inspired tunes to warm a cool November evening. Mom and the boys are a-tunin the strings for a night to remember.

Alice Milmoe, hopes to present dance figures with a difference. Or different figures. She'll keep you movin' too.

The Goosebumps are Matthew Morse, fiddle; Aaron Morse, fiddle and mandolin; Seth Morse, guitar; Dawn Morse, bass.

Nov. 2: Kumquats at Large with JoLaine Jones-Pokorney

Kumquats at Large & JoLaine Jones-Pokorney

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.

Kumquats at Large are:

GODS Contra Weekend 2015

GODS Contra Weekend 2014

DANCING WITH THE GODS


2015 Contra Dance Weekend

February 20-21-22, 2015

Music by the Great Bear Trio and the Rafter Ringers

Callers Beth Molaro and Sarah VanNorstrand.

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