New Year 2017: Anadama & Angela DeCarlis

New Year 2017: Anadama & Angela DeCarlis

GODS Contra Dancing
New Year's Eve / New Year's Day
Saturday, December 31, 2016 / Sunday, January 1, 2017

Band: Anadama
Caller: Angela DeCarlis

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W e e k e n d --- S c h e d u l e:

4:00 - 7:00p...Contra Dance - ADVANCED*
[Optional dress up - New Year's Eve theme]

Dec 17: Wind That Shakes The Barley & Rona Wiener

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' will enchant dancers this December dance.

'Wind That Shakes the Barley' is:
• Sarah Mitchell - penny whistle, flute, drum, foot percussion, hammered dulcimer;
• Kathie Aagaard - fiddle;
• Bill Dudley - guitar; and
• John McEwen - percussion, Irish banjo, tenor guitar

Dec 4: Yazoo Kickstarts & Gary Arthur

Dec 4: Yazoo Kickstarts & Gary Arthur

The Yazoo Kickstarts are back for a return engagement with caller Gary Arthur! So get ready to kick up your heels this Sunday 4-7 pm--and don't forget that this dance is at the Martin Luther King Center (a.k.a. MLK Rec Center).

The Yazoo Kickstarts are:
• Mike Stapleton on fiddle;
• Bill Paine - mandolin & guitar;
• Marietta Massey - banjo; and
• David Massey - fiddle & piano.
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Nov 19: The Stepping Stones & Vicki Morrison

Stepping Stones, a husband-and-wife team, are coming up from Melbourne to play their own distinctive contra melodies for our dancing pleasure.

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

The Stepping Stones are:
* Robin Osgood on fiddle; and
* Norman Rodham on guitar.

Nov 6th: The MacRowdies & John Rogers

MacRowdies & John Rogers

John Rogers will be calling the contra dances to the music of North Carolina-based The MacRowdies on Sunday.

The MacRowdies are:
• Mara Shea on fiddle
• Pete Campbell on keyboard

Oct 29-30th: ContraForce & Emily Abel

ContraForce & Emily Abel

Halloween Contra Mini-Weekend October 29-30, 2016
3 Contra Dances!

Music: ContraForce are:
* Andrae Raffield, fiddle
* Jimi Periano, guitar
* Joey Dorwart, percussion, saxophone

Caller: Emily Abel (of North Carolina)

ContraForce, one of the hottest, most dynamic contra dance bands in the country! Contraforce pushes the envelope of traditional contra music and lifts dancers’ feet into the ozone, satisfying their taste in epic Millennium Trance Dance tune-age. Calling will be the energetic and charismatic Emily Abel!

Oct 15: Frances & Friends and Stan Prince

Frances Pisacane

Come contra dance this Saturday, October 15th at the Thelma Boltin Center, 516 NE 2nd Ave, Gainesville, FL

CALLER: Stan Prince

Calling for Frances And Friends is Stan Prince, whose believes that "dancers are there to dance to the music and not to listen to the caller once they’ve learned the dance". He has been calling for ten years and dancing a whole lot longer.

BAND: *Frances And Friends*
• Frances Pisacane on fiddle
• Sarah Mitchell on flute, feet, whistle, drum
• Bill Dudley on guitar

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

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

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


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.