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.   

Bay Area Road Trip, January 23-24, 2015
I am delighted to announce that I will be calling for the dancers of the Bay Area Country Dance Society (BACDS) in San Francisco and Palo Alto on January 23 and 24, 2015. To the dancers of the Bay Area I promise two evenings of great, high energy fun. It is an honor to call for you and to work with two outstanding Bay Area 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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