About JoLaine


My Story:
I've been contra dancing for more than 20 years, and in that time have danced at hundreds of weekends and week-long festivals all over the country and the globe. This wide exposure has helped me develop a large and varied collection of interesting and fun dances. I've seen many callers and pay close attention to the things they do that work well and that the dancers love.

Gainesville FL is my home and I am a frequent caller in Gainesville, Tampa, Tallahassee, Cocoa Beach/Melbourne, Jacksonville, and Melrose. I'm beginning to call contra dance weekends and festivals, having recently been one of the featured callers at the week-long Contra Dancers Delight 2018 in Mountain City Tennessee, and a session at Roanoke Railroader 2018 in Roanoke Virginia.  I'm looking forward to calling the Adirondack Dance Weekend in 2019 in Lake George NY.

I was one of the "up and coming" callers at Catalpult Showcase in 2013, and one of the callers for the New England Folk Festival (NEFFA) in 2015. I've toured the East Coast with my favorite Florida band, Deux Francois in 2014 and will be touring again in October 2018 to Portland ME, Brooklyn and NYC, NY, and Glen Echo, MD.

After every dance, I write up my notes - the program I called, the band I worked with, what percentage of beginning dancers and at what point they came in, things that went well, things that I could have done better, things I'd do differently next time.  I put a lot of thought and work into getting better with every dance.

I hope others will find my posts on this blog useful. If I mention a specific dance in a post, I will provide the choreography to the dance at the bottom of the post.

So here's my blog.  Please comment, link to it, come back often!

And if you're in the Gainesville Florida area, please come dance with us!  We're the Gainesville Oldtime Dance Society (GODS).  It's not every day you get to dance with a deity.