Contra weekend for experienced dancers. January 12-14, 2018 @ Daytona Beach, Fla.
Contra weekend for experienced dancers.January 12-14, 2018 @ Daytona Beach, Fla.

About the Orange Blossom Ball 2018

Orange Blossom Ball contra dance weekend is a zesty, urban-style dance weekend featuring great music and friendly, competent calling. Half the dance sessions will feature “dual callers” with alternating male/female voices to enhance the dancers' experience. There will be no contra teaching, very limited dance walk-throughs, and many no-walk through dances. We're gender balanced, so please try to sign up accordingly.

 

Featuring: 

  • swing dance session  
  • song swap  
  • yoga workshop
  • waltz karaoke
  • grid squares
  • stories for adults <-- new this year!
  • plus daily contra medleys

Where and when

This all happens in sunny South Daytona, Florida, on a SPRUNG DANCE FLOOR.

 

  • January 12-14, 2018, Martin Luther King Jr. weekend.
  • Gold Star Ballroom 3100 S. Ridgewood Ave., South Daytona, Fla. (For GPS: enter 3090 S. Ridgewood Ave, S. Daytona, 32119; this will take you to the corner of South Ridgewood Avenue and Venture Drive.)

The callers: 

 

Seth Tepfer

Donna Hunt

Janine Smith

English sessions with Randy Thorp

 

 

Read more about the callers on the Entertainment page.

The bands: 

 

Lift Ticket

The Morrison Brothers

Sound Traveler Band

Swing session with Seabreeze High School Jazz band

 

Read more about the bands on the Entertainment page.

Accommodations

Nearby motels

(Note: We have not stayed at these places but have called to ask for OBB discounts.)

 

3247 S Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach Shores, 386-761-8450
2 beds, mini fridge & microwave $53.96
2 beds, full kitchen $63.96
Mention OBB, (one vehicle per room) 2.4 miles from dance venue

 
2209 South Atlantic Ave. Daytona Beach, FL 32118 
Hotel Direct: 386-255-0581
Hotel Fax: 386-258-7315
Perry's Ocean Edge has a beautiful landscaped oceanfront lawn, 2 outdoor pools, an indoor heated pool and hot tub, activities program and complimentary homemade donut, juice and coffee every morning.

Oceanfront options:
1. Oceanfront guestroom accommodations with a balcony facing the ocean: 2 queen beds, a table and chair seating area and a kitchenette for $129
2. Non-oceanview accommodations facing the indoor pool: 2 queen beds, a seating area and a full kitchen for $109

 
(formerly Rodeway Inn)
Ocean Front, 1503 South Atlantic Avenue Daytona Beach, FL 386-255-3617
Continental Breakfast 7-10 a.m.
OBB rates: $55 basic (side view, 22 rooms) $65 (Ocean View, 5 rooms), 16 rooms have kitchenette 26 rooms (20 non-smoking). 5.5 miles to dance, on the ocean.
 
A small motel with a colorful past, has basic rooms (no breakfast) about 4 miles from the dance. 5964 S. Ridgewood Ave Port Orange FL 386-308-1901
 
 
Noted for its convenience and cleanliness where you can relax by the pool or sit under the palm trees and watch the waves lap onto our wonderful beach. You may have a cookout in our barbecue area. 
2315 S Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach, FL 32118
(386) 253-8185 ask for Andrew or Dave.

 
Located on the mainland at 1245 S  Ridgewood, 
(386) 255-5540 Ask for Shamila; mention OBB. 5 minutes from dance venue.  Completely remodeled with new furniture. Continental Breakfast, pool. Rate: $69.99 per night.  

 
mainland, 544 S Ridgewood Ave, Daytona Beach, 386-255-4500 $72, includes breakfast. Will discount if multiple rooms are booked by group. 3.6 miles to dance.

 
Rates: From $79.95. Award winning, safe and close.

 

Discount motels

 
Three basic motels on the mainland that might be less if booked in December or January if vacancies are available. (Owners are reluctant to discount this far ahead.) No breakfast or pool, but fridge and microwave in rooms. 
  1. Budget Inn, 640 S Ridgewood Ave, Daytona Beach $59 regular rate. 3.5 miles to dance
  2. Super Inn, mainland, 1515 S Ridgewood Avenue, Daytona Beach FL 386-258-5742  20 rooms, 2 double beds each room. Rate: $60, will discount if multiple rooms are booked. 2.4 miles to dance. 
  3. Sunshine Inn, (not beachside) 1234 S Ridgewood Ave, Daytona Beach, 1234 386-258-6997 $55 2.7 miles to dance

 

Bed-and-breakfasts

 
Charming B&B with 5 rooms, $99 a night including breakfast. They have a piano in the parlor!  Rhonda & Steve will discount more if 4 rooms are booked by the OBB group.  3 rooms have queen beds, one has a queen bed and a roll-away. One room with a full size bed, private porch and bath ($89), is in the Carriage House. 
3.8 miles from dance. Close to Historic Daytona Beach restaurants. 
 
Short walk to the beach.
 
Sunrise view overlooking the Intracoastal Halifax River. 

Register now

Cost:  

Before 10/31/17: $95 Postmarked 11/1/17 to 1/4/18: $105

Saturday lunch with drink: $9

Sunday lunch (pizza): $8

 

Limited to 250 dancers.

Contact us

Roommate coordinator: Suanne Kimmel (sukimsu@gmail.com)

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