You are warmly welcomed to email or telephone me if you'd like to augment my contra-calling schedule.
At Vernals2012, I'm calling a no-walk-through Three Ceremonies with a flowing tune from Montage.
From Vernals2011, a no walk-through Chainsaw Reel with a high-energy tune from Footloose. (Version on facebook)
Barnstorm is playing a smooth tune, while I call Sweet Music , at UFCC (the Univ. of Florida Contra Club).
The Flying Turtles play while I call The Cure for the Claps [waltz at 2:55] , at O'Leno.
Gigs for 2013 are below. A memorable gig from 2011 was the End of the World dance dance.
For the curious, here is an animation which parodies contra dancers/callers. And the cheerful sequel.
wife, Jane. The folkdancers are standing on the rim of the fountain in front of Gainesville's Performing Arts Center.)
Most Boltin/O'Leno photos on this page are from one of Dave Pokorney's Galleries. (Clicking a photo gives a larger and uncropped version.)
Erin and I have been contra dancing a long time, and both our kids danced in the womb. Further down the page is a photo of our son, Isaac, acting as videographer when I was calling.
Here (on left) is a lovely photo (from the 7 Feb, 2010, Boltin contra dance) of daughter Ruth and wife Erin. On right, Ruth is promenading with our good friend Cydney.
The GODS [Gainesville Oldtime Dance Society] has a dances each month on the: 1st Sunday (4PM to 7PM), and 3rd Saturday (8PM to 11PM), and [for every month with five Sundays] an AdvancedDance (no teaching session, fewer walk-thrus, trickier dances) on the 5th Sunday (4PM to 7PM). These are at the Thelma Boltin Center, 516 NE 2nd Avenue, Gainesville [Tel.: (352) 334-2189]. See the GODS dance calendar for callers, bands, and venue-changes. The Calendar also lists (see below) the Melrose and UF dances. (N.B. The O'Leno dance is no more, due to insect damage to the floor.)
A video of a GODS dance with Diane-Silver and Perpetural e-Motion Feb. 6, 2011:
The Melrose Shake Rag Contra Dance, 2nd Fri. 7:30-10 PM.Ron Buchanon calling at the Melrose Contradance .
Although dances and tunes are listed cryptically, below, my Dances/Composers page has Composers/videos with links to composers' webpages, and links to videos of dances; for many, the steps are listed. There is also a list of Tunes and Contradance Bands.
2013 Feb 16, Sat., 8PM–11PM: Called the GODS Boltin Center dance, with Dunehoppers: Allen Hood, Kathy Zemanek, Bob Parsons, Mac Benford, and Mike Elias.
2013 July 20, Sat., 8PM–11PM: Will call the GODS Boltin Center dance, with ??.
From time to time, prospective dancers have asked me, before plunging in to try contra,
What is the music like?
Some contra bands provide on-line samples of their music. Rather than
list individual websites, below are a few links to music
[which I found via a websearch; I have no connection to the site].
(N.B: The website
Contracopia is one-letter-away
from the band yclept Contratopia.)