March 17-18: Steamshovel & Alexandra Deis-Lauby

Steamshovel & Alexandra Deis-Lauby

Come on down to Gainesville this Saturday-Sunday, March 17-18, 2018 for another of our special 2-Day Mini-Weekend Events!

* 9 hours of premium music & dancing
* 3 three-hour Contra Dance sessions

Our out-of-state talent this weekend will be:
* Caller: Alexandra Deis-Lauby
* Band: Steamshovel

Sounds of strings will draw contra dancers to Gainesville's vintage era dance hall the Thelma Boltin Center this March 17-18 weekend where contra enthusiasts can dance to nine hours of premium dance music called by up-and-coming contra caller Alexandra Deis-Lauby, all for one affordable package price.

Playing the music will be the band Steamshovel, which includes David White and Roger Gold. They play their instruments with the gusto and energy of early steam shovels of the mid-1800s.

Both musicians have been playing for contra dances and with several other groups for years. They also compose music and sometimes add vocals to their repertoire. Their dance tunes include selections from the old-time repertoire tinged with Celtic influences and beautiful waltzes.

Gold’s proficiency on the guitar is extensive, ranging from Celtic and jazz styles to intricate melodic playing. He accentuates the sounds with the foot drum. He plays with the popular band The Elftones.

White plays fiddle and banjo in the Appalachian old-time style. He lends his groovy, driving and “flowy” fiddling to Gainesville's two-day contra weekend.

NYC-based caller, dancer and organizer Alexandra Deis-Lauby began contra dancing in 2011 while at school in Chicago. After catching the contra bug, she began calling in 2014.

Alex's smooth voice, clear teaching style and engaging dance selections delight dancers from coast to coast. When she's not calling, you can find her on the dance floor twirling away!

Saturday March 17th 2018
05:30 p....................Boltin Center opens
05:45 p - 06:30 pm....Waltz
06:30 p - 07:00 pm....Beginner Contra Lesson
07:00 p - 10:00 pm....Standard Contra dance
10:30 p....................Boltin Center closes

Sunday March 18th 2018
11:00a - 02:00 pm Contra Dance #2 [advanced]
02:00p - 03:00 pm Break
03:00p - 03:45 pm Waltz
04:00p - 07:00 pm Contra Dance #3 [advanced]

[Age 26+] $15 ea contra dance/$40 all 3
[Age 16-25] $10 ea/$25 all 3

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Snacks at the break are provided by dancers.
If you snack, bring one to share & a water bottle to help our planet.

Child care is provided during the contra dance for this Saturday only.
See our website FAQ for details:
Gainesville Old-Time Dance Society/FAQ.

Parking is in the lot across the street
& in marked spaces on adjacent streets.

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Hosted by the GODS [Gainesville Old-time Dance Society]

Saturday, March 17, 2018