By Courteney Jones
Special to the Democrat
Vicki Morrison is in the business of getting people moving.
By day, she works for the Department of Transportation. On the weekends, she’s a caller for the Tallahassee Community Friends of Oldtime Dance, which hosts contra dances twice a month at the Tallahassee Senior Center Contra is a form of social folk dancing with roots in traditional English country dance, but it’s more fast-paced, said Morrison. “It’s not like country line dancing, either,” said Morrison. “It’s different.”
Though dancers are in line formations for contra, they interact with their neighbors and different partners throughout the dance, unlike country line dancing. As a caller, it’s Morrison’s job to lead the dancers through a series of moves, called figures.
Though she only recently started calling, Morrison has been attending the dances for about 13 years. “It’s so much fun,” she said. “Everybody’s smiling and having a good time; it doesn’t matter if you make mistakes. It’s really a lot looser, free-flowing and not as formal as something like ballroom dancing. It’s just a ton of fun.” The dances are great for single people, too, said Morrison.