Jon Southard
Contra Dance Caller

Batten down the hatches, fasten 'em tight,
and let's get ready to dance all night!

I'm a contra dance caller based in Santa Barbara, California.   I appear at public contra dances in many locations and also do weddings, private parties, and school dances.   I would love to talk with you about your upcoming event.

For a sneak peek of me calling -- or if you are wondering what exactly contra dance is --  here's a video from a Santa Barbara dance.   

Northern California Road Trip, September 30-October 1, 2017
I am delighted to announce that I will be returning to Palo Alto on September 30, 2017, and calling at Petaluma the following night. To the dancers of the Bay Area and the North Bay I promise two evenings of great, high energy fun. It will be an honor to call for you and to work with two outstanding bands. I hope to see you then. Click here for more info about me.

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Images on this website were taken at dances I've called.   Like contra dance itself, they are 'live,' with no retakes and no studio lighting, and sometimes a little rough around the edges!  I am very grateful to all the individuals who took these photographs.

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