October 2: JoLaine and The Flying Turtles

JoLaine and The Flying Turtles

JoLaine Jones-Pokorney will be calling the contra dances to the music of the Flying Turtles String Band on Sunday.

Flying Turtles String Band are:
• Elle Hogan on fiddle
• Tom Hogan on guitar

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Date: Sunday, October 2, 2016

Location:
Thelma Boltin Center
516 NE 2nd Ave, Gainesville, FL

Schedule:
02:45 - 03:30pm --- ​waltz lesson (no partner necessary) or open waltz
to live music with Stay Tuned waltz band

Sept 17: Deux Francois & Jane Ewing

Jane Ewing

ONCE HAPPN’D, TIS A THING. TWICE HAPPN’D, TIS A TRADITION!

SeptembARRRRR 17th be the day n’ th’ hour to come to th’ dance dressed like a scurvy pirate! We gunna kick up our heels ’n make merry like the swashbucklers we be! ’Tis a tradition!

International Talk Like A Pirate Day is September 19. Dressing like a scurvy pirate at the dance is optional.

Jane Ewing from Alabama will be calling the contra dances to the music of Deux Francois on Saturday.

Sept 4: Rochelle Ramblers & Andy Kane

Andy Kane

Sunday Sept 4th 2016: The Rochelle Ramblers with caller Andy Kane. Together, the Ramblers bring a variety of tunes old and new to get your feet moving. They look forward to playing in Gainesville again.

The Rochelle Ramblers are:

Bill Paine has been playing Oldtime music on his mandolin and guitar for almost 40 years and has been entertaining dancers for more than 30 years, at dances from Florida to Boston to California (and many points in between). To Bill, playing for dancers is one of the finest ways to make music he has yet found.

Aug 20: Contra Dance! The Gadabouts & Rona Wiener

Rona Wiener & the Gadabouts

The Gadabouts are coming to town! Get your fix of old time music gone amok interspersed with zesty and beautiful cajun waltzes.

Our caller, Rona Wiener will test your mettle as a contra dancer with surprising moves and patterns.

The Gadabouts are:
• David Massey - piano, fiddle, vocals;
• John McEwen - percussion, bass, tenor guitar;
• Marietta Massey - banjo, percussion;
• Bill Paine - guitar, tenor guitar, mandolin; and
• Kathie Aagaard - fiddle.

Aug 7: Flying Turtles String Band & Susie Rudder

Flying Turtles String Band & Susie Rudder

The Flying Turtles String Band plays high energy music and roots blues. With fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo, bass, and tight harmonies, this band is a favorite at folk festivals, intimate clubs, and every contra dance in Florida.

Flying Turtles will be playing for this 1st Sunday Contra Dance at Thelma Boltin Center. The dance be wonderful, with Susie Rudder calling,

Flying Turtles String Band is:
* Tom Hogan on guitar and
* Ellen Hogan on fiddle.

July 31: Possum Trot & JoLaine Jones-Pokorney

Possum Trot & JoLaine Jones-Pokorney

Brace yourself for a "contra dance wall of sound" of French Canadian, New England and Southern music. Gainesville's own JoLaine Jones-Pokorney will be calling the dances to the music of Possum Trot, an inter-generational band that "blends the new and the old" in a swashbuckling sensation.

Possum Trot is:
* Pete Sucsy, banjo and guitar;
* Laura Price, fiddle;
* Benny McDowell, piano;
* Eleta Sucsy, penny whistle; and
* Kai Sucsy, percussion.

July 16: Vicki Morrison & Comes When Called

Vicki Morrison & Comes When Called

'Comes When Called' promises to "delight dance floor denizens" with their Celtic, modern and old-time tunes.

With a lot of spring in her step, Vicki Morrison calls for us in her continued work for World Peace through contra dance.

Comes When Called is:
• Kathie Aagaard – fiddle;
• Rich Crew – recorder, fiddle;
• Susan Marynowski – keyboard, percussion, foot percussion; and
• John McEwen – percussion, Irish banjo, tenor guitar, mandolin.

July 3rd: The Gadabouts with John Rogers

The Gadabouts with John Rogers

The Gadabouts are dropping in for an evening of "percussive, foot-tappin', yes ma'am, shake your booty good time" Contra Dancing! Get your fix of old time music gone amok interspersed with zesty and beautiful cajun waltzes.

Our caller, John Rogers misspent his youth and much of his adulthood avoiding dance situations because they felt foreign. How "sweet it was to find a dance form that hollered out instructions while you were doing it". John will be hollerin' fer us.

June 18: Kumquats At Large & Rona Wiener

Kumquats At Large & Rona Wiener

Of the many kumquat varieties, those At Large are one of the tastiest. Five years in the making, the Kumquats At Large serve up Rich Crew (fiddle and recorder), Sarah Mitchell (penny whistle, flute, drum, foot percussion and hammered dulcimer) and Bill Dudley, guitar.

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.

May 1: Palma Sola & Vickie Morrison

Vickie Morrison

CALLER: Vickie Morrison
BAND: Palma Sola

Palma Sola is:
• Bill Dudley on guitar
• Sherry Lowe on fiddle
• Sarah Mitchell on flute, hammered dulcimer & various noisy objects (feet, whistle, drum)

New dancers, and those wishing to review their dance moves or help others to do so, please attend the beginner's contra lesson from 3:40-4pm. Prior is our open waltz from 2:45-3:30 pm. All for one low admission. Dancers from ages 16-25 pay only $5 / $10 otherwise. Dancers age 15 & under get in free when accompanied by an adult.

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