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.

April 3: Smokey Hollow String Band & Jonathan King

Smokey Hollow String Band & Jonathan King

The Smoky Hollow String Band is droppin' in from Tallahassee. Inspired by the mountains, hollers and flat-lands of bygone days, three veteran musicians bring you hard drivin', no holds barred traditional music for a special evening of air conditioned dancing.

Gainesville’s own inscrutable Jonathan King will amaze and entertain you with energetic dance patterns that will leave you breathless and hollering for more.

March 19: Brooke Friendly calling ECD + Contra

Brooke Friendly & Yazoo Kickstarts

The Gainesville Old-Time Dance Society presents a special Spring Dance event featuring caller Brooke Friendly on Saturday 19 March 2016 from 2pm until 10 pm.

An energetic double-dip afternoon of English country dances & evening of contra dancing with caller Brooke Friendly from Ashland, Oregon calling to music by Hoggetowne Fancy and the Yazoo Kickstarts

March 6: 'Wind That Shakes The Barley' with Gary Arthur

Wind That Shakes The Barley

Gary Arthur will be calling contra dances to the music of 'The Wind That Shakes The Barley' on March 6th from 4-7 pm at the Thelma Boltin Center. Introductory workshop for beginning dancers starts at 3:30pm and is highly recommended! Experienced dancers, be there early to partner with those newcomers and help them have the time of their lives!