Saturday Dec 20: 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.

October 18: 'Wind that Shakes the Barley' with caller Hilton Baxter

Hilton Baxter

Autumn winds a-blowin thru the fields unleash rhythm with melodies that follow in natural harmony. Echoing, amplifying and multiplying nature's cadence, Wind that Shakes the Barley, with the unique melody of hammered dulcimer will enchant dancers this October dance.

Our caller, Hilton Baxter, having called for touring bands such as Great Bear Trio brings his easy-going style to Gainesville. A long-time caller from upstate NY, he "will get everyone moving to the music quickly and with confidence".

Oct. 5 Potluck Poachers with Eric Harris

Potluck Poachers

There's Magic in the Music with a whistling author, a multi-instrumentalist and the rest of the banjo-pickin, pot-licken, bass thumpin crew from the Sunny Melrose Contra. Bringing their old-time, country tunes with a touch of zest and spirit, the Potluck Poachers are cooking up a dance to remember.

Calling and devotedly carrying the contra flame, Eric Harris expects to be as happy calling for us as we are to see him in the caller's spot.

7 pm Sept 20: 'Comes When Called' with Susie Rudder

Comes When Called

Contra-Fusion is coming our way with "percussion toys" and "wild and crazy recorder improv". Layered with African rhythm and big-band strings, 'Comes When Called' promises to "delight dance floor denizens" with their Celtic, modern and old-time tunes.

Our caller, on a whistle stop in Gainesville from her world travels and budding ukulele career is Susie Rudder. Susie is also the house caller for the Melrose dance on 2nd Fridays.

September 7: Contra Yazoo Kickstarts - John Rogers calling

Yazoo Kickstarts

Git your Yazoo out and Kickstart some fine Fall dancing and great music. Yup, music-ing fer us, are the Yazoo Kickstarts with Mike Stapleton on fiddle, Bill Paine - mandolin & guitar, Marietta Massey - banjo, David Massey - fiddle & piano.

Our caller, John Rogers, usually booking talent in Cocoa and Melbourne, steps out in front of the spotlight this Sunday. John is an "almost FL native who mis-spent his youth not dancing...until he came upon a group that called out instructions." A rousing Gainesville welcome to John.

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