Aug15: Waltz Escape Stay-cation Workshop

Dear Dancers,

Wish you were here! Join us for a breezy waltz workshop!

What: Waltz Escape Stay-cation Workshop—dress optional in your favorite island getaway getup. Admission to waltz workshop includes a souvenir.

Who: Toss the Possum band with Laura & Rob Zisette (expect some steamy Blues dance flair). Beyond the Basics workshop 5:00-6:00. Waltz to live music by Toss the Possum band 6:00-6:30.

Where: Boltin Center—516 NE 2nd Ave., Gainesville FL 32601

When: Sat., Aug. 15, 2015 at 5:00—6:30 pm.

August 2: Category 5 and Eric Harris

Category 5 and Eric Harris

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 - a force to be reckoned with in air conditioned comfort.

Stirring up a storm in the caller's corner is Eric Harris, taking a turn from his other gig at Sea Life Orlando - spreading cheer and enthusiasm across the state.

July 18: Possum Trot and Rona Wiener

Possum Trot

Brace yourself for a "contra dance wall of sound" of French Canadian, New England and Southern music. Possum Trot, an inter-generational band, "blends the new and the old" into a musical melange. Dance and enthrall in air-conditioned comfort!

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 .

July 5: Rode Skollars pickup band + JoLaine Jones-Pokorney

Rode Skollars

Our entertainment on Sunday shares the surprise of a fireworks finale. The Rode Skollars Pickup! band, while not promising pyrotechnics, will fill the stage with both new and familiar faces. Whether on the stage or on the floor, all comers are welcome!*

Our caller, JoLaine Jones-Pokorney may have some of her own surprises to cast out to the dance floor.

The Rode Skollars is: Marion Lasley on guitar, Lloyd Baldwin on fiddle and banjo, Mike Stapleton on fiddle and banjo, and Bill Paine on mandolin.

June 7: Contra with The Gadabouts and Stan Prince

The Gadabouts

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.

Calling for the Gadabouts is Stan Prince, who believes that dancers wish to hear only music once they’ve learned the dance. Next week, Stan hosts the June Bug Bash in Tampa featuring the New England band Party of Three.

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!

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.

May 16: Frances and Friends with Alice Milmoe

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.

May 3: Yazoo Kickstarts and JoLaine Jones-Pokorney

Yazoo Kickstartso

This Spring Sunday forecasts balmy breezes, delightful dance partners and the tasty tunes of The Yazoo Kickstarts. Lose yourself to a dance delight for a splendid spring afternoon.

Fresh from calling at the New England Folk Festival, JoLaine Jones-Pokorney, will have you dancing with and on the spring breezes.

The Yazoo Kickstarts are: Mike Stapleton on fiddle, Bill Paine - mandolin & guitar, Marietta Massey - banjo, David Massey - fiddle & piano.

Saturday April 25: Wild Asparagus Band in Melrose

Wild Asparagus

This Saturday, April 25, from 3 - 5 pm, Possum Trot will play to the calling of Andy Kane. (This is the dance before Wild Asparagus.)

SATURDAY
3 -5 Andy Kane with Possum Trot
5 - 6 Bring some food.
6 - 9 Wild Asparagus

SUNDAY
April 26, 11 am - 2 pm, Wild Asparagus

All at the DANCING FISH, 6228 Dogwood Lane, Melrose by Lake Santa Fe

Rain location:
Saturday, same times, 301 S.R. 26, Melrose Dream Center (formerly MACC)
Sunday, later time, 3 - 6 pm, 301 S.R. 26, Melrose Dream Center

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