Contra weekend for experienced dancers. January 13-15, 2017 @ Daytona Beach, Fla.
Contra weekend for experienced dancers.January 13-15, 2017 @ Daytona Beach, Fla.

About the Orange Blossom Ball

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: 

  • Cajun dance sessions -- NEW in 2017!
  • song swap -- NEW in 2017!
  • yoga workshop
  • waltz karaoke
  • grid squares
  • plus daily contra medleys

Where and when

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

 

  • January 13-15, 2017, 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: Lisa Greenleaf, Diane Silver, Bob Isaacs

The bands: Agnostic Fiddle Insurgency, Nor'Easter

Accommodations

Bargain Housing Available: 30-minute drive from the dance offered by the kind generosity of The Chapel of Divine Mercy, Deland, FL. Separate female and male sleeping areas, shower areas, restaurants nearby. (Sorry, no coed.)
Cost: $30 includes both Friday and Saturday, paid by check or money order through OBB. Call or email for details. Contact David at orangeblossomball@yahoo.com or 954-918-5884. (If you can't attend OBB V after registering, the $30 for this housing is non-refundable. Consider it a contribution.)

 

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: $105 between Nov. 1, 2016, and Jan. 4, 2017.

 

Saturday lunch with drink: $9.

Sunday lunch (pizza): $8

Limited to 250 dancers.

Contact us

Housing requests other than hotel can be directed to Suanne Kimmel.

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