Al Rogers Memorial Dance this Sunday tops off another great contra dance weekend

Look what’s happening this weekend at The Dancing Fish and in nearby Gainesville!

  • Friday May 3 at The Dancing Fish
  • Saturday May 4 at The Dancing Fish
    • 12-3 pm: Alexandra Deis-Lauby & River Road
    • 3-5 pm: Open Waltz & cross-step waltz workshop with Patrick
    • 6-9 pm: Alexandra Deis-Lauby & River Road
  • Sunday May 5 at the Matheson Museum in Gainesville
Al Rogers, dance angel
Al Rogers, dance angel

Al Rogers (June 9, 1948 – March 1, 2023) was a prominent member of several dance communities (English Country, Contra, Scottish, and Irish dance) in Gainesville, Florida. He regularly traveled throughout north and central Florida to support other dance communities.

Even from the grave, Al continues to support old-time dancing through his generosity to others, including the NextGen Dance Grant program. Join us on Sunday 5 May 2-5 pm when we celebrate Al’s love of old-time dance with three hours of contra & English country dances called by JoLaine, Randy Thorp and Annette Merritt to the music of Coral Riff: Sarah Mitchell, Sherry Mattos and Kathie Aagaard.

This dance will be a fundraiser so that Al’s gift grows and continues for years to come. The suggested donation for this special dance event is $20, though, as always, no one will be turned away. You can pre-pay your donation for the event and not have to bring cash or check. Note that there is a checkbox to Make this a monthly donation. Become one of “Al’s Angels” and support the GODS every month. You’ll never need to bring cash to any of our dances!

Friday-Saturday at The Dancing Fish: Alexandra Deis-Lauby & River Road

A NYC-based folk dancer, caller, teacher, and organizer, Alexandra Deis-Lauby is a contra dance caller whose clear teaching, smooth voice, and fun dance selection delight dancers from coast to coast.

River Road is:
Jesse Ball – guitar, mandolin, foot percussion
Sarah-Hadley Yakir – fiddle
Kristin Planeaux – keyboard

River Road is:

  • Jesse Ball – guitar, mandolin, foot percussion
  • Sarah-Hadley Yakir – fiddle
  • Kristin Planeaux – keyboard

New Dancing Fish events calendar released

River Road & Alexandra Deis-Lauby + Al Rogers Memorial Dance

Patrick Harrigan

An avid contra dancer, Patrick Harrigan is also a photographer, editor, and website publisher.