Callers & Bands

For bookings contact Steve Chesson at STEVECLLC@gmail.com.

Welcome, Callers & Musicians!

What to call
You can count on a core of experienced dancers to assist new people. If the walk through is not working, the noise level rises, callers should move on to another dance. It helps to encourage newbies not to be shy and for leads to see who has not danced, etc.

Stage announcements
These are made before the last contra of the first half. Get dancers in hands four and announce announcements. We have a dancer-supplied snack table and the break is just long enough for everyone to get food and finish eating.

Logistics
You can enter the hall an hour and a half before the dance, no earlier, please, as we are charged by occupancy. Dance ends exactly as advertised and we are all completely out of the hall in half an hour. Sometimes there is an after-party at a local dancer's house. We recommend parking in the small lot adjacent to/behind the building. The sound vehicle will be seen backed up to the rear entrance. There is also a parking lot across the street in front, if the rear lot is full. It is primarily a residential neighborhood.

Sound Check Schedule
We have three overlapping activities before our contra dances: Sound check, waltz lessons, and beginners lessons. All are important. To preserve all three, only during the periods 0-15m after the hall opens and 30-15m before the dance can sound checks be conducted through the main speakers. At all other times, sound checks only through the monitor speakers will be allowed. Sound techs: Please plan to set up your speakers and mixer to separately activate the mains and monitors.

Pre-dance schedule:

  1. 1h:15m to 30m pre-dance: Waltz and waltz lessons. Live acoustic musicians often perform for this.
  2. 30m to 15m pre-dance: Sound check conducted, with mains active.
  3. 15m-0m pre-dance: Mains cannot be used UNLESS coordinated with the caller/beginners-teacher. At least 15 min (and preferably 30 min) is required to teach beginners, since we want to encourage repeated attendance (and thus monetary support for hiring our talent) by beginning dancers.
  4. Monitors can be used without the mains at any time. We believe that the sound through monitors will not be too loud for waltz or beginners lessons.

Are dogs allowed in the Boltin Center?
No, the City of Gainesville does not allow dogs (with the exception of seeing eye dogs) in the Thelma Boltin Center. Please contact the City of Gainesville Parks Recreation & Cultural Affairs if you have further questions about this issue.

GODS PAY SCHEDULE
• Callers and Band Members

.....Effective Mar 1, 2015, our pay for caller and band talent was increased:

-Local (defined as less than 1 hour drive)
..........$60 per person (increased from $50)

-Regional, in-state (drove at least 1 hour)
..........$80 per person (increased from $65)

-Out-of-state (in the past, this has also included 'deep-south' Florida)
..........$120 per person (increased from $100)

-Maximum number of band members paid: 5
.....Examples:
..........If all band members are local, max pay = $300
..........If all band members are regional, in-state, max pay = $400
..........If all band members are out-of-state, max pay = $600

..........If there is a mix of local & regional band members, then the maximum pay is adjusted accordingly.

-Other:
• Sound Tech Service
..........$ 60 if provided by band member
..........$100 if provided by non-band member

• Child Care
..........$20 base pay + $5 per child with no maximum.
..........Our child-care provider is expected to be present ½ hour prior to the start of the main dance. The child-care provider is allowed to leave at the intermission of the dance if there are no children to care for at that time.
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GODS contra dance calendar at a glance:
Jan 2016 - May 2018

......DATE...................................CALLER.................................................BAND..........................................................
01/03/2016........................Angela DeCarlis...........................Maivish
01/16/2016........................Rona Wiener................................Frances And Friends
01/30-31/2016...................Gaye Fifer...................................Elftones
02/07/2016........................JoLaine Jones-Pokorney.............Palma Sola
02/20/2016........................Susie Rudder...............................Dementors
02/26-28/2016...................Will Mentor & Angela DeCarlis.....Nightwatch & Notorious
03/06/2016........................Gary Arthur.................................Wind That Shakes The Barley
03/19/2016........................Brooke Friendly...........................Yazoo Kickstarts (contra), Hoggetowne Fancy (ECD)
04/03/2016........................Jonathan King..............................Smokey Hollow String Band
04/16/2016........................George Marshall..........................Wild Asparagus
05/01/2016........................Vicki Morrison..............................Palma Sola
05/21/2016........................JoLaine Jones-Pokorney.............Potluck Poachers
06/05/2016........................Jonathan King..............................Possum Trot
06/18/2016........................Rona Wiener................................Kumquats At Large
07/03/2016........................John Rogers................................The Gadabouts
07/16/2016........................Vicki Morrison..............................Comes When Called
07/31/2016........................JoLaine Jones-Pokorney.............Possum Trot
08/07/2016........................Susie Rudder...............................Flying Turtles
08/20/2016........................Rona Wiener...............................The Gadabouts
09/04/2016........................Andy Kane..................................Rochelle Ramblers
09/17/2016........................Jane Ewing (Alabama caller)......Deux Francois
10/02/2016........................JoLaine Jones-Pokorney.............Flying Turtles
10/15/2016........................Stan Prince..................................Frances and Friends
10/29-30/2016...................Emily Abel....................................ContraForce
11/06/2016........................John Rogers................................MacRowdies (NC)
11/19/2016........................Vicki Morrison..............................Stepping Stones
12/04/2016........................JoLaine Jones-Pokorney.............Yazoo Kickstarts
12/17/2016........................Rona Wiener................................Wind That Shakes The Barley
12/31/2016-01/01/2017.....Angela DeCarlis..........................Anadama
01/21/2017........................JoLaine Jones-Pokorney.............Florida Mountaineers
01/29/2017........................Jonathan King.............................Possum Trot
02/05/2017........................Donna Hunt.................................The Old Town Band
02/18/2017........................Alice Raibourn.............................The Dunehoppers
02/24-26/2017...................Gaye Fifer & Angela DeCarlis.....STEAM! & Buddy System
03/05/2017........................Jonathan King..............................Category 5
03/18-19/2017...................Beth Molaro.................................Steamshovel
04/02/2017........................Vicki Morrison..............................The Kumquats
04/15/2017.........................Stan Prince.................................Comes When Called
04/21-23/2017....................George Marshall.........................Wild Asparagus
04/30/2017.........................Rona Wiener...............................The Kumquats
05/07/2017.........................Susie Rudder..............................Terra Ceia Twisters
05/20/2017.........................Vicki Morrison.............................Yazoo Kickstarts
06/04/2017.........................John Rogers...............................Wind That Shakes the Barley
06/17/2017.........................Joey Norton................................Rochelle Ramblers
07/02/2017.........................Andy Kane..................................Yazoo Kickstarts (+ open band)
07/15/2017.........................JoLaine Jones-Pokorney............The Gadabouts
07/30/2017.........................Jonathan King.............................Category Five
08/06/2017.........................Vicki Morrison.............................Comes When Called
08/19/2017.........................Tom Greene................................Possum Trot
09/03/2017.........................Doug Singleton...........................Palma Sola
09/16/2017.........................Angela DeCarlis..........................Sam & Eden (Eden MacAdam-Somer & Sam Bartlett)
09/30-10/01/2017...............Andrea Nettleton (Atlanta).........Turnip the Beet (Nashville)
10/21/2017.........................Joey Norton................................Florida Mountaineers
10/29/2017.........................Alice Raibourn............................Terra Ceia Twisters
11/05/2017.........................John Rogers...............................The MacRowdies (NC)
11/18/2017.........................JoLaine Jones-Pokorney............Stepping Stones
12/03/2017.........................Susie Rudder..............................Yazoo Kickstarts
12/16/2017.........................Kristin Farrier (Canada)..............Frances and Friends
12/30-31/2017...................Angela DeCarlis...........................Kumquats
01/07/2018........................Emily Abel....................................The Stuff
01/20-21/2018...................Rona Wiener................................Potent Brew
02/04/2018........................Ken Gall (Indiana).........................The McKenzies (Woody & Marcia)
02/17/2018........................Jonathan King...............................The Dunehoppers
02/23-25/2018...................Janine Smith & Adina Gordon......The Moving Violations & The Figments (Registration is open)
03/04/2018.........................JoLaine Jones-Pokorney.............TBA
03/17-18/2018...................Alexandra Deis-Lauby.................Steamshovel
04/01/2018.........................Vicki Morrison.............................TBA
04/20-22/2018...................George Marshall..........................Wild Asparagus Weekend (at The Dancing Fish in Melrose)
04/29/2018.........................John Rogers...............................TBA
05/06/2018.........................Vicki Morrison.............................Notorious
05/19/2018.........................Susie Rudder..............................TBA
06/03/2018.........................TBA.............................................TBA
06/16/2018.........................Joey Norton.................................Florida Mountaineers
07/01/2018.........................TBA.............................................TBA
07/21/2018.........................TBA.............................................TBA
07/29/2018.........................JoLaine Jones-Pokorney.............TBA