I began square dancing in 1980, started calling the next year, and went full time six years later. I regularly lead over 300 dances a year.
How did a boy from New York City become a Square Dance Caller?
Very unexpectedly! Growing up in Brooklyn and The Bronx, the only thing I knew about square dancing was that it wasn't to be done! But my wife is from rural Michigan and has been square dancing all her life. She asked me to go just once, and said if I didn't like it she wouldn't ask again. I was hooked in the first ten minutes. I've always loved music and dancing, but when I saw how unique and multi-dimensional square dancing was I fell in love with it. A few months later, in beginners class, when I learned the move All 8 Circulate, I realized that the elegant choreography of the modern square dance was similar to chess, a life-long passion of mine, and at that point I decided to be a caller and threw myself into the activity.
PARTY DANCES FOR BEGINNERSare one of my specialties and passions! Square dancing is ideal for non-dancers and comes from a tradition of dances for people who didn't have a lot of time practice dancing, so the dances are user-friendly. I feature the Virginia Reel, line dances, traditional and modern squares, circle mixers, novelty dances and more, all done to a wide variety of of music. Here's a fun line dance I frequently open with.
CUPID SHUFFLE - My easiest line dance, and a great warmer-upper for a dance. These lively ladies are photographers from the Firefly Institute, at their camp in Glen Ellen.
SINGING CALL - Here are three squares of my club dancers from Santa Rosa dancing to my rendition of 'Walk Right In,' using some of the club level movements.
I also have an extensive and very wide-ranging music library, so I can provide DJ services for your group, if you'd like.
BASIC LEVEL PATTER CALL - These are my Circle 'n Squares club dancers dancing to Basic Level movements, the kind I would use - along with the Virginia Reel and other traditional dances - at parties for beginners.
MY HOME PROGRAM consists of five weekly club nights, three in Sebastopol, one in Santa Rosa and one in Novato. I have called hoedowns and festivals all over California and in Hawaii. I am a member and former committe chairman of Callerlab, The International Association of Square Dance Callers. I call Basics through C-1, cue Phase II Round Dances, lead line dances, and regularly teach beginners classes.
A square dance is ideal for
weddings and wedding rehearsals. The families and friends of the bride and groom may not know each other, and may span several generations. The hands-on interactions of a square dance is a great ice-breaker! Read more....
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