August 3, 2014 - Category 5 and Vicki Morrison - Contra Dance

Jul
22
Vicki Morrison

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 - predictions are for few dry dancers on the floor.

Anchoring the tempest is our caller, Vicki Morrison, who advocates contra dancing as the answer to world peace.

Category 5 is: Sarah Mitchell on flute, hammered dulcimer, percussion, Kathie Aagaard (of the Florida Orchestra) on fiddle, John McEwen - Irish banjo, tenor guitar, percussion, David Massey - keyboard.

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July 19 Whistlin' Rufus and Doug Singleton

Jul
08
Whistlin' Rufus

The dance delight continues with Atlanta quartet Whistlin Rufus and their "fast, energetic, interesting dance music". Having played for years around the Southeast and Midwest, this is a return engagement for our dance. Do not miss the opportunity to get your Contra on, in air-conditioned comfort on a sprung dance floor.

Calling for Whistlin Rufus is Doug Singleton, a long time caller and active in the Atlanta Contra community.

Whistlin Rufus is: Ann Whitley on fiddle, Doug Olsen, mandolin, Cindy Olsen, bass and Matt Levine, guitar.

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GODS Dance Sunday July 6 - Barnstorm & Alice Milmoe

Jul
01
 GODS Dance Sunday July 6 - Barnstorm Quartet & Alice Milmoe

Declare your independence from another barbeque - come out and DANCE! Rock out this Sunday July 6, when Florida's own Barnstorm raises the rafters and blows down the hall, with an assist from Alice Milmoe calling the tunes.

With Sharon Hartmann, Lee Simpson, and Chris Campbell, Barnstorm has been known to move the floor with their undefinable mix of genres.

Alice Milmoe, a third generation caller will keep you moving with figures to delight your fancy.

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June 29: Yazoo Kickstarts called by Jonathan King

Jun
24
Jonathan & Ruthie King walk dancers through contra Wonderland.

Can mathematicians count and call contra dances at the same time? Come find out Sunday June 29 when Jonathan King guides us down the rabbit hole through choice contra-ptions of contra Wonderland.

Dances and figures from, or beyond, your wildest imagination may appear on the dance floor before you have a chance to cry 'help'! Come, stretch your dancing skills--and your mind--in the company of other daring dancers!

Playing for our dance will be a local favorite The Yazoo Kickstarts with Bill Paine, Mike Stapleton, Marietta Massey and David Massey.

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June 21, 2014 GODS dance:

May
08
Susie Rudder calls to music by the Roads Scholars

* June 21:. Join us Saturday, June 21 for an appearance of the Road Scholars, a four
person ensemble of musicians that will be both familiar and new. Composed
of musicians from the Gadabouts, who wowed the June 1 dance, Gumbo Limbo
(Cajun spice, maybe? ), the Fishcamp Cutups and the Yazoo Kickstarts, their
tunes will be sure to please.

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May 4th 2014: Just Twistin' Hay with caller Richard Hopkins

May
03
Just Twistin' Hay

This Sunday, May 4, come dance to tunes played by Just Twistin' Hay from
central Florida, and dances called by Richard Hopkins who's driving in from
Tallahassee! The dance begins at 4:00 at the Thelma Boltin Center (516 NE
2nd. Ave.), and there is an introductory workshop for new dancers at 3:30.
Admission is $8, $5 for students. Childcare is provided. Bring a snack to
share and a cup or water bottle to reduce waste. See you there!

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April 6: Coracree with caller JoLaine Pokorney

Apr
08
Coracree

April 6: 1st Sunday dance (4-7 pm)
Band: Coracree
Caller: JoLaine Jones-Pokorney

Coracree is a contemporary contra dance band that melds a mixture of traditional Celtic, Old Time, European and Original music played with an improvisational twist. Featuring the always lively and playful fiddling of Jane Rothfield, the driving swing of Bill Quern on tenor banjo, mandolin & melodeon, Sarah Gowan’s inventive guitar stylings and the melodic and rhythmic stand-up bass playing of Allan Carr. These guys rock!

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April 11-14 Wild Asparagus 5th Annual Florida Tour

Mar
29
Wild Asparagus Florida Tour 2014

Nationally acclaimed contradance band Wild Asparagus plays Gainesville Saturday April 12 from 8-11 with an introductory lesson at 7:30.

With George Marshall calling, Wild Asparagus has "rocked" dance floors across the US and Canada with their original, high-energy music based on traditional tunes from the British Isles and New England. They are one of the most popular contra dance bands in the country.

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March 30 Advanced Contra Dance, music by the Hot Potatoes

Mar
20

On March 30th 2014 Eric Harris called the GODS quarterly Advanced Contra Dance with music by the Hot Potatoes (Tom & Elle Hogan, and Sharon Hartmann). Visit the GODS FaceBook photo album for images of this event.

Location: Thelma Boltin Center 516 NE 2nd Avenue, 32601. Bring a water bottle and a snack to share. See our Facebook page for late breaking news: https://www.facebook.com/groups/godsdance

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