Notice!

Registration for Florida Snow Ball 2014 will officially open on September 14, 2013.

The registration forms will be available on this website by the middle of August. Any registration forms received or mailed prior to that date will be counted as having been received or mailed on the official opening date.

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 24-26, 2014 in Gulfport, Florida

This year we'll have the synergy of Elixir and the Great Bear Trio with the calling of Nils Fredland and George Marshall to send us to contra dance ecstasy.

Elixir, consisting of Nils Fredland, calling/trombone/vocals; Ethan Hazzard-Watkins, fiddle; Jesse Hazzard-Watkins, trumpet/flugelhorne; Anna Patton, clarinet/vocals; and Owen Morrison, guitar/foot percussion, blends driving fiddle and guitar with the rich texture and rhythmic excitement of a full horn section deftly weaving brassy riffs with daring solos in and out of traditional Irish, French-Canadian and New England tunes.

The Great Bear Trio, consisting of Andrew Van Nortrand, guitar; Noah Van Norstrand, fiddle; and Kim Yerton, keyboard; push the boundaries and set the standard for modern contra dance music. Their driving rhythm, epic dynamics and unique rocking style have given them a loyal following of all ages.

George Marshall is known for his clear and concise calling of traditional and modern contra dances.

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