October 3-4: Two Days of Contra, Waltz & English Country Dance

Yazoo Kickstarts and Barbara Groh

• 12 hours of dance events Saturday-Sunday October 3-4
• English country dances for all levels
• Beyond the Basics waltz workshop
• Two-day Package: only $30 ($20 for age 25 & under)
• Contra—Yazoo Kickstarts, preeminent FL contra band
• Barbara Groh, Asheville NC contra caller
• English country dance - Hoggetowne Fancy & caller Randy Thorp
• Waltz – to live music by 'Stay Tuned'
SATURDAY, October 3rd Schedule:

September 19: Possum Trot & Gary Arthur

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" in a swashbuckling sensation.

When not helping first graders learn gardening, Gary Arthur is soliciting tips himself. About gardening that is. Warmed up from a recent Melrose engagement, he will strut his stuff for us.

Possum Trot is Anthony Pilla on fiddle, Laura Price on fiddle, Benny McDowell on piano, Pete Sucsy on banjo & guitar, Eleta Sucsy on penny whistle, Kai Sucsy on percussion.

Sept 6: Mourning Glories and Andy Kane

Mourning Glories and Andy Kane

With influences from Romani, Balkan and old-time Irish music to sea shanties, the Mourning Glories share their passion for traditional music and dance. Chelsea, the mandolin player, shares her passion with young woman in "Girls Rock Camp", to promote self-esteem and community. Give a listen here: https://mourningglories.bandcamp.com/releases

Andy Kane returns to the caller's spot with the familiar and perhaps the new.

Aug 30 Advanced Dance: Comes When Called & JoLaine Jones-Pokorney

Comes When Called & JoLaine Jones-Pokorney

Advanced 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.

Calling advanced delights, JoLaine Jones-Pokorney will show us the way through the contra-fusion and pulsating rhythms.

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.

Aug 15: Toss the Possum & Vicki Morrison

Toss the Possum & Vicki Morrison

Waltzing in with a Kickstarter-funded CD is the Zizette family - Toss The Possum. Laura, a classically trained pianist and Rob, a fiddling physics major, weave "lyrical, driving and energetic" dance tunes. Charlie, "Papa Possum", is behind the sound board and the wheel of the van. Tunes here: www.tossthepossum.net

Driving in from Tallahassee, Vicki Morrison, on a whistle stop of her world tour, may be practicing New Zealand contra calls for her upcoming trip. Stay tuned.

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.