Notice!

Registration for the Florida Snow Ball 2015, our 20th, is open as of Saturday, September 13, 2014

The registration forms are available on the website. Any registration forms received or mailed prior to September 13 will be counted as having been received or mailed on the official opening date. If necessary, a drawing will be held if any of the categories fill up by the official opening date. Otherwise, registrations will be accepted by the date submitted.

Registration forms available -- linked HERE.

The Florida Snow Ball currently has waiting lists in all categories. However, we are still accepting registrations from those who feel they might get lucky.

January 23-25, 2015 in Gulfport, Florida

This year we ll have two great bands, Stringrays and the Clayfoot Strutters, with two fantastic callers, Lisa Greenleaf and Seth Tepfer.

The Stringrays bring together Rodney Miller on fiddle, Max Newman on guitar, Stuart Kenney on bass and banjo, with the addition of, Sam Bartlett, on mandolin; and Mark Hellenberg, on percussion. They are known for their sometimes playful, sometimes sublime, often raucous and funky dance music.

The Clayfoot Strutters are a self-styled New England-based Contradance Jam Band which specializes in fusing the modes and melodies of traditional American immigrant music, the progressive pop and modal jazz harmonies, with hot dance-floor grooves from the Latin, Swing, Afro-pop and Zydeco/Cajun worlds. They are Pete Sutherland, on fiddle; Jeremiah McLane, on accordion and keyboard; Lee Blackwell, on guitar; Peter Davis, on clarinet and sax; Harry Aceto, on bass; and Mark Roberts on flute and banjo. This time they ll bring with them, the up and coming, Oliver Scanlon on fiddle.

Lisa Greenleaf, from the Boston area is known for her exuberant calling and effective teaching. Lisa has called for dances across the country and in Canada, Denmark and England. She calls zesty contras and has a knack for making them all seem easy.

Seth Tepfer, is a masterful caller from Georgia who brings his soul to every one of his dances. He teaches with great clarity and with an enthusiasm that is totally contagious.

Sound will be handled by Jamie Platt, "The Sound Guy".

This is a contra dance weekend not to be missed. It will be held at the Gulfport Casino, a beautiful beach-front ballroom with a large white maple floor.

Presented by Tampa Friends of Old-Time Dance.

Schedule

Friday Night

Saturday

Saturday Night

Sunday

Registration

The Florida Snow Ball is a gender-balanced event. All registrations must be received in advance of the weekend. No walk-ins will be admitted to any of the sessions.

Lodging and Meals

Here is this year's list of nearby lodging places.

Childcare

No childcare will be provided. Parents are responsible for their children.

Food

Bring your favorite dish to the potluck dinner Friday evening. On Saturday and Sunday mornings, continental breakfast will be provided. Refreshments will also be provided during the dances. (A list of local restaurants will be available at the dance.)

Directions to Gulfport Casino

Gulfport Casino is at 5500 Shore Blvd. South, in Gulfport, Florida. (MapQuest)

Take I-275 to the 22nd Avenue S. exit and head west. Turn left onto Beach Blvd. (55th Street will be on the right.) Head south until the street ends at the Gulfport Casino, which is located directly on the water.

Information

For further information, please contact Stan or Linda Prince at 727-823-2725, or E-mail us at tfootd@tampabaycontra.com.

Watch for Florida Snow Ball updates on this website (www.FloridaSnowBall.com).

Pictures from recent Snow Balls

Snow Ball 2012 Snow Ball 2011 Snow Ball 2010 Snow Ball 2008 Snow Ball 2007 Snow Ball 2006 Snow Ball 2005 Snow Ball 2004