Diane Silver
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Schedule - 2019

Many thanks to all the dancers who have asked me, "when are you calling next?"
Please scroll down for my current schedule, with links to the dances, when available, so you can get driving directions.

And here are links to my calling history -- past local dances, tours, dance weekends, workshops, and other events where I've called and taught:

Overview of Dance Weekends and Festivals,
workshops and other supporting events


Full Schedules:
2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

If you're just dying to know the details for dances from 1999, when I started calling, to Fall 2003, when this website was launched, feel free to e-mail your inquiry.

Current Schedule - 2019

Special Events are in GREEN.
Date 2019
Time
Event
Band
Location
Sunday, January 13, 2019
3:15 - 5:00-ish
Family Dance
Open Band, lead by Pearl Shirley
(musicians, come on out and play!)
Harvest House Recreation Center,
Asheville, NC
Sunday, January 13, 2019
7:00-9:00 p.m.
(couples' dancing warm-up: 6:45)
Roots Contra Dance
Laura Lengnick & Karen Gaughan
Harvest House Recreation Center,
Asheville, NC
Saturday, February 9, 2019
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Church Retreat
recorded music
Private Event
Sunday, February 10, 2019
3:15-5:00-ish

7:00-9:00 p.m.
(couples' dancing warm-up: 6:45)
Family Dance
+
Roots Contra
Family Dance:
Open Band, lead by Pearl Shirley
(musicians, come on out and play!)

Roots Contra:
Laura Lengnick & Karen Gaughan
Harvest House Recreation Center,
Asheville, NC
Friday, March 1, 2019
Lesson 7:30
Dance 8:00-11:00 pm
Contra Dance -
Tampa Friends of Old-Time Dance
Jenny and the Stray Dogs
Pinellas Park Auditorium, Tampa, FL
Saturday, March 2, 2019
Lesson 7:00
Dance 7:30
Cocoa Beach Contra
Palma Sola
Cocoa Beach Recreation Center
Sunday, March 3, 2019
Lesson 3:45
Dance 4:00-7:00 pm
Contra Dance -
Gainesville Old-Time Dance Society (GODS)
Wind That Shakes the Barley
Thelma A. Boltin Center,
516 NE 2nd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601
Sunday, March 10, 2019
3:15-5:00-ish

7:00-9:00 p.m.
(couples' dancing warm-up: 6:45)
Family Dance
+
Roots Contra
Family Dance:
Open Band, lead by Pearl Shirley
(musicians, come on out and play!)

Roots Contra:
Laura Lengnick & Karen Gaughan
Harvest House Recreation Center,
Asheville, NC
Friday, March 22, 2019
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
School Dance
Private Event
Thursday, March 28, 2019
7:30 Lesson;
Dance 8:00 - 11:00
Contra Dance
Old Farmer's Ball
Atlantic Crossing
Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC
Friday-Sunday, April 5-7, 2019
See schedule
Bug Stomp
Contra Dance Weekend
Wake Up Robin
(a blend of Great Bear and Free Raisins) &
Toss the Possum,
with Will Mentor also calling
Charleston, SC
Sunday, April 14, 2019
3:15-5:00-ish

7:00-9:00 p.m.
(couples' dancing warm-up: 6:45)
Family Dance
+
Roots Contra
Family Dance:
Open Band, lead by Pearl Shirley
(musicians, come on out and play!)

Roots Contra:
Laura Lengnick & Karen Gaughan
Harvest House Recreation Center,
Asheville, NC
Friday-Sunday, April 26-28, 2019
See schedule
Chesapeake
Dance Weekend
Stomp Rocket
(Dave Langford, Glen Loper, Bethany Waickman)
plus Jesse Milnes and Friends,
with Tom Hinds also calling
YMCA Camp Letts in Edgewater, Maryland
(20 minutes from Annapolis and
less than an hour from DC and Baltimore).
Sunday, April 28, 2019
Lesson: 7:00
Dance 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Contra Dance - Folklore Society of Greater Washington
Stomp Rocket (Dave Langford, Glen Loper, Bethany Waickman)
Glen Echo Park, MD
Sunday, May 12, 2019
3:15-5:00-ish

7:00-9:00 p.m.
(couples' dancing warm-up: 6:45)
Family Dance
+
Roots Contra
Family Dance:
Open Band, lead by Pearl Shirley
(musicians, come on out and play!)

Roots Contra:
Laura Lengnick & Karen Gaughan
Harvest House Recreation Center,
Asheville, NC
Thursday, May 23, 2019
Lesson 7:00
Dance 7:30 - 10:30
Lake City Contra Dance
TBA
Seattle, WA
Friday-Monday, May 24-27, 2019
See schedule
NW Folklife Festival
Contra Sutra
plus many other bands and callers
Seattle, WA
Friday-Sunday, June 7-9, 2019
See schedule
Dance Trance
Contra Dance Weekend
Buddy System,
with Kathy Anderson also calling
Lexington, KY
Sunday, June 9, 2019
3:15-5:00-ish

7:00-9:00 p.m.
(couples' dancing warm-up: 6:45)
Family Dance
+
Roots Contra
Family Dance:
Open Band, lead by Pearl Shirley
(musicians, come on out and play!)

Roots Contra:
Laura Lengnick & Karen Gaughan
Guest Caller TBA
Harvest House Recreation Center,
Asheville, NC
Sunday-Saturday,
June 16-22, 2019
Caller's workshop 9:00-5:00 daily;
evening dances 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Caller's Week at the
John C. Campbell Folk School
Steve Hickman & John Devine
John C. Campbell Folk School
Brasstown, NC
Tuesday,June 25, 2019
7:30-9:30 p.m.
Contralab Energizer Dance
(pre-dance for the National Square Dance Convention
TBA
Kennesaw Ballroom
in the Renaissance Waverly Hotel
at the Cobb Galleria in Atlanta.
Saturday,
June 29, 2019
Lesson 7:00
Dance 7:30 - 10:00 p.m.
Contra Dance
The Darlin' Honeys
Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center,
Franklin, NC
Friday-Sunday, July 4-7, 2019
See schedule
Roanoke Railroader
Contra Dance Weekend
TBA
Roanoke, VA
Sunday, July 14, 2019
3:15-5:00-ish

7:00-9:00 p.m.
(couples' dancing warm-up: 6:45)
Family Dance
+
Roots Contra
Family Dance:
Open Band, lead by Pearl Shirley
(musicians, come on out and play!)

Roots Contra:
Laura Lengnick & Karen Gaughan
Harvest House Recreation Center,
Asheville, NC
Friday-Friday, August 2-9, 2019
See schedule
Sidmouth
Folk Festival

"A week-long seaside celebration of music, dance and song, since 1955."
See Schedule
Sidmouth, UK
Sunday, August 11, 2019
3:15-5:00-ish

7:00-9:00 p.m.
(couples' dancing warm-up: 6:45)
Family Dance
+
Roots Contra
Family Dance:
Open Band, lead by Pearl Shirley
(musicians, come on out and play!)

Roots Contra:
Laura Lengnick & Karen Gaughan
Guest Caller TBA
Harvest House Recreation Center,
Asheville, NC
Saturday-Friday, August 17-23, 2019
See schedule
Whitby
Folk Week
See Schedule
Whitby, UK
Friday-Monday, August 23-26, 2019
See schedule
Towersey
Festival
See Schedule
Thame, Oxfordshire, UK
Saturday, August 31, 2019
Private Event
Private Event
Private Event
Sunday, September 8, 2019
3:15-5:00-ish

7:00-9:00 p.m.
(couples' dancing warm-up: 6:45)
Family Dance
+
Roots Contra
Family Dance:
Open Band, lead by Pearl Shirley
(musicians, come on out and play!)

Roots Contra:
Laura Lengnick & Karen Gaughan
Harvest House Recreation Center,
Asheville, NC
Sunday, October 13, 2019
3:15-5:00-ish

7:00-9:00 p.m.
(couples' dancing warm-up: 6:45)
Family Dance
+
Roots Contra
Family Dance:
Open Band, lead by Pearl Shirley
(musicians, come on out and play!)

Roots Contra:
Laura Lengnick & Karen Gaughan
Harvest House Recreation Center,
Asheville, NC
Sunday, November 10, 2019
3:15-5:00-ish

7:00-9:00 p.m.
(couples' dancing warm-up: 6:45)
Family Dance
+
Roots Contra
Family Dance:
Open Band, lead by Pearl Shirley
(musicians, come on out and play!)

Roots Contra:
Laura Lengnick & Karen Gaughan
Harvest House Recreation Center,
Asheville, NC
Sunday, December 8, 2019
3:15-5:00-ish

7:00-9:00 p.m.
(couples' dancing warm-up: 6:45)
Family Dance
+
Roots Contra
Family Dance:
Open Band, lead by Pearl Shirley
(musicians, come on out and play!)

Roots Contra:
Laura Lengnick & Karen Gaughan
Harvest House Recreation Center,
Asheville, NC

Coming up in 2020!
Not posted yet; please check back around September.