BC Festival 2019 Colours
Royal Blue, White & Navy Blue
In the August 2018 issue of the BC Festival 2019 newsletter, we announced that the BC Boys would be at the festival.
We regret to say that the complete group could not be available for your dancing pleasure. As we all know, there are times when something unavoidable changes our best laid plans. Brent and Steve are unable to attend as they have had unplanned family events come up. We will sincerely miss them and send them and their families our very best wishes!
Below you will find a list of the talented callers and cuers who will be attending the festival. We hope that you look forward to dancing with them as much as we do!
Rick & Kathy Utter
Club cuer for the Penticton Squares, Penticton BC and Westsyde Squares, West Kelowna BC
Regine has been involved in some form of dance since she was in grade one. In her junior high school years, she learned square dancing and danced with the teen square dance club in Comox BC.
Regine came back to Square Dancing in 1978, where she met her “angel” Ron. They took round dance lessons in 1979 and started teaching in 1986. They taught new dancers through easy Phase 3 until Ron’s death in 1995. Later that year Regine started learning to cue so she could continue teaching two round dance clubs, the Peachland Connectors and the R&R Rounders.
Regine has cued at BC Festivals, Canadian National Conventions, Washington State Festivals and the US National Square Dance Convention in Portland OR 2005.
Regine is a member of the Canadian Western Dance Instructors Association and 27 years of Roundalab.
In her free time, Regine likes to sew, do cross stitch and read.
Regine is also the proud grandmother of three wonderful children and godmother to a great kid.
Clogging Instructor for Okanagan Cloggin’ in Kelowna and West Kelowna,
Barbara instructs Clogging, levels beginner, easy, intermediate.
Caitlyn has been involved in square dancing her whole life. She joined the Wesburn Wranglers Teen Square Dance Club at five years old, and has been dancing ever since!
Caitlyn has attended the Pacific Northwest Teen Square Dance Festival where she has competed as a caller, cuer, square and round dancer. She currently dances at the C1 level and round dances Phase IV.
Caitlyn attends Capilano University where she is studying Early Childhood Education and plans on becoming a kindergarten teacher. She enjoys traveling with her family and loves square dancing of course!
Nicholas Brendzy has completed his third year at Simon Fraser University, where he is studying history and archaeology, and is planning on becoming a teacher. He is actively involved in student government and works part time as a lifeguard.
Nicholas has been square dancing his whole life and called his first solo singing call at three years of age! He is a caller and a cuer, square dances at the C1 level, and round dances up to Phase IV.
Nicholas enjoys getting on stage and harmonizing with his father and sister and has called and cued at many conventions.
Ray has been part of the square dance activity for over 50 years. Ray currently calls for five clubs in the Vancouver area, and mentors young callers in his youth club. He has traveled extensively throughout North America, Europe and Asia. He calls up to the C3 level, and he and his wife Christine greatly enjoy square and round dancing.
Ray has recently joined LouMac Recordings and is proud of his newest release, “Lonely Drum”. Ray is recently retired after working for the Vancouver School Board for thirty-six years.
Bill began learning to call Mainstream square dance just over three year ago under the mentorship of Nick Turner in Williams Lake.
Bill and his wife, Jan, dance with the Stampede Whirlaways in Williams Lake.
Under the tutelage of Susan Woods, Lynda started clogging in the early 1990’s in Victoria, BC. About three months after Lynda learned her first steps, a group of people from the Cobble Hill area (north of Victoria) asked Susan to teach them all to clog. Lynda accompanied Susan to these classes to be of assistance in case something happened during the drive there and back.
Shortly after those classes were started, Susan and her husband decided to move. This would leave these keen people without an instructor. Although she had only been dancing six months, Lynda took over for Susan, and now, 20+ years later, that group is still clogging on.
In 2011, Lynda wrote her Instructor’s exam and did the practical portion of the test in Grapevine, Texas. She passed with flying colours. Since then, she taught in Langley BC for two years and is now back in Kelowna.
Lynda’s personal life includes two beautiful Shelties whom she has trained and trialed in agility. She also plays pickleball, knits, crochets and enjoys visits from her grandson and works full time.
Currently Darlene holds all her dance classes in her own home studio and they dance to a lot of Darlene’s own choreography.
Since 2000, Darlene has taught at Canadian & Washington State Square Dance Festivals, and North West Clogging Association annual workshops.
Darlene also learned and enjoyed many styles of partner dancing with her husband, Grant and still remains on the dance scene since his passing in Sept 2011.
Darlene is recently working hard on mastering the lead in several styles of which her favorite is country two step.
Mary started clogging 38 yrs. ago and teaching 30.
Mary teaches for the Tanglefoot Cloggers in Lacey, WA. She has taught at many festival throughout the northwest and has been on the NWca board and just loves dancing.
Garry started calling before he started dancing – while living in Cold Lake, AB. In the fall of 1965, he learned to dance with the Polar Teens, and called his first ‘official’ tip in December of 1965.
In 1968, he moved to Victoria to attend the University of Victoria and continued to dance with the Swinging Singles as well as working on calling.
Pat started square dancing in January of 1974 in Nelson, BC, with a high school club known as the L.V. Teens. In September of 1974, she moved to Victoria to attend the University of Victoria and joined the Tanglefoot Twisters, an on-campus club whose caller was … Garry Dodds!
In 2000, Garry and Pat become partners on the dance floor and on the stage. In the fall of 2000, Pat started cuing for Garry at the Star Twirlers. Currently, they still call and cue for the Star Twirlers and the Frontier Twirlers .
In 2013, Garry and Pat were one of the co-Chair Couples for BC Festival 2013 – a mini-Festival featuring Plus and Advanced that was held in Parksville, BC.
They represent Region 1 as delegates to the British Columbia Square & Round Dance Federation, and Pat has been Treasurer for the Federation since 2012. Garry and Pat are the BC representatives to the Canadian Square & Round Dance Society.
Glen and Audrey Eliasson teach and cue beginners to Phase IV for their round dance club, the Kensington Strollers.
Glen presently calls mainstream for the St. Peter 2×4’s, the Bon Accord Kick-a-Boo Kids, and the annual Camrose Rose City Swingers Campout.
Alan Ellis comes from Spruce Grove Alberta.
Alan is the Edmonton area’s newest caller. He picked up the mike for the first time in 2013.
As a student caller, Alan has attended two USA National conventions, one USA West convention, three Yuma Festivals, and five Alberta Conventions. In 2017 he called at BC Festival. He has guest called at numerous clubs and campouts.
Living in West Kelowna, Brian has been introducing today’s style of square dancing to elementary students in the Central Okanagan for many years.
Most engagements involve teaching all the students at a given school over six days. He’s used to setting up in the gymnasium while students in the different class blocks march in and out throughout the school day.
Whether a class is at the kindergarten level or grade 6’ers, he’s entertained the children while being amazed at their great capacity to learn to dance. Teachers are often impressed to see their children moving to music successfully while having fun. Brian says that kid-oriented music is key to retaining their attention and the hands-down favourite tune, particularly for the primary grades, is Gummy Bear.
The school square dance sessions are usually enhanced by two professional-style disco lights and, more recently, a fog machine. Props such as hats or clown wigs are sometimes added to show the students that it’s meant to be a fun dance form.
Brian’s square and round dance involvement began in grade 1 when his elementary teacher held her class in the gym several times to teach some calls. In grade 5 he joined a regular Friday night youth square dance group then danced later with the Wesburn Wranglers youth club of Burnaby.
Combining his younger dance years with those dancing as an adult, Brian has been on the square and round dance floor about 53 years.
It was on the square and round dance floor in Penticton that Brian met his wife, Rosalyn Garnett, and they’ve now been married 38 years.
Now retired, Brian earned a diploma in Broadcast Communications from B.C.I.T. in Burnaby then worked for a commercial television station in Kelowna for 40 years. He’s been chairing the SQUAREUP B.C. marketing initiative for the B.C. Square & Round Dance Federation since 1991.
Murray has been calling for 54 years based in Edmonton. He has called throughout Alberta, with trips to BC. Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario & Nova Scotia, Yukon & NWT. He is a member of Edmonton’s EDCIA,, Alberta’s ASRDIA and Callerlab.
Murray was the Square Dance Program Chairman for the 1st and 10th Canadian National Square Dance Conventions in Edmonton in 1978 and 1996. He has also called for the Klondike Mounted Square Dance Exhibition group in Edmonton and does many “one night events” for horse/rider groups & people. Current programs, Class, Mainstream, and Plus.
Oren started singing with his parents as they traveled in their Model A. He was a wedding singer at age 6 and was a soloist and a choir member in church. Oren started square dancing in 1994 and his wife, Lew, started dancing in 1996.
Oren went to Cascade Callers College and has been Calling and teaching ever since. He calls for party nights and is a member of Mt Baker Teachers, Callers & Cuers. He has called on the evening program and has been an MC at Penticton.
Oren has been a Caller and an MC at WA State Festivals and have Called dances for Clubs in Mt Baker Council.
Barb has been clogging as long as she has been teaching! She first saw clogging in 1981 when a fellow square dancer showed her a “new” form of dancing after having attended a square dance national convention. Together they decided to try teaching the teen square dancers to clog. The teens weren’t interested but the adults were so they ended up teaching the adults!
When Barb’s friend got married & moved to Victoria, Barb took over the group & kept one step ahead of the class, heading home after the class to learn another new step for the following week! She learned most of her teaching at that time from a book titled “Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Teaching Clogging But Were Afraid to Ask”.
Since those early days, Barb has attended all but one Northwest Clogging Association workshops(missed the first one because she didn’t know it even existed!). She was on the Board of Directors for NWCA for 18 years feeling that the Canadians needed representation. She also is on the Board of Directors & Executive Committee for the National Clogging Association. Those positions she has held for 19 years.
Barb attained her Certified Clogging Instructor (CCI) designation in 1998 & since then as been on the steering committee for the National Clogging Convention teaching other instructors who also want to earn their designation.
She has taught at 19 National Conventions, 2 Canadian National Square Dance Convention, 6 BC Festivals (and co-ordinated 4 of the clogging programs), several Washington State Festivals & many regional workshops.
Together with her husband Larry & at one time with their large group of cloggers, they sponsor the annual Sealion Stomp workshop in Nanaimo. This past November was their 28th year for the workshop. Several well-known instructors have been featured at their workshop. Dancers come from all over the Pacific Northwest to attend.
Barb’s group of cloggers were invited to represent Canada at the Austrian Alps Performing Arts Festival in 2000.
Barb has been married to Larry for 50 years as of Feb 2019. They have 3 daughters & 7 grandchildren.
When not clogging, Barb enjoys travel, wine, sewing, hiking & family.
Barb was awarded the Val Mackey award from NWCA in 2004.
Janet was first introduced to clogging in 1999 by her mom, who had just started taking clogging lessons. After a weekend of clogging in her Mom’s kitchen, Janet knew it was something she had to get more of!
Janet started lessons in January 2000 and has loved every minute of it since. She wishes she had discovered clogging when she was younger – all those wasted years!!
Janet’s passion for clogging prompted her to start teaching in 2007 and in 2011, she received her CCI designation at the U.S. National Convention in Grapevine, Texas.
Janet currently teaches clogging in Calgary and Claresholm, Alberta with the Fancy Double “C” Cloggers.
Wendie started cueing about 6 years ago and has been teaching the beginning square dance classes for the Travelling Squares for three years.
Wendie attended the Cascade Callers school last summer.
Elizabeth began calling in 2009 to fill a void in her life after her husband passed.
Elizabeth spent the 2010-2011 dance season being tutored by her father (Mike Groenendyk) in the art of calling squares while at the same time being tutored by her mother (Lena Groenendyk) to learn the fine art of cueing rounds. She officially became the caller-cuer of the Circle Eights Club in Qualicum Beach on May 13, 2011.
Elizabeth took a year off between 2013-2014 for dental surgery and started next year doing guest calling, eventually becoming Caller-Cuer for the Promenaders in 2015, and remaining there to this day.
Larry calls for the Parkland Bells & Beaux in Blackfalds AB, as well as the Golden Circle in Red Deer, AB. He is in his second year of teaching at the Red Deer Square Dance Club, where he teaches two classes per year.
Larry is the president of the Central Alberta Callers Association.
Janice has been teaching clogging since 1985.
She teaches in Yuma, Arizona during the winter months, offering classes from Beginners through Advanced. In the summer, she teaches several workshops in Alberta, Canada.
She has taught at the C.L.O.G. National Clogging Convention, the Reno International Clogfest, several workshops at the state and local levels, as well as at Canadian National Square Dance Conventions and U.S. National Square Dance Conventions. In 2009, she was the featured instructor at the Australian National Clogging Convention in Perth, Australia.
She is a member of the Board of Directors of C.L.O.G. (the National Clogging Leaders Organization). She is licensed with BMI, ASCAP, and SOCAN.
Janice enjoys dancing and likes to share that enjoyment with others.
Jerry Jestin, originally from Red Deer, Alberta, Canada is based out of College Station, Texas but runs a winter program in Yuma, Arizona. Jerry called his first dance in 1967, and since then has been on staff of callers’ schools, seminars, conventions and festivals all over the world.
Jerry has been calling full-time for over 50 years. He has done over 600 sessions a year including lessons for beginners. Jerry is also a very proficient round dance cuer and instructor. This gives him an extra insight into the harmony and cooperation of the two activities. Jerry has recorded over 30 square dance records on seven labels and has choreographed at many round dances.
In December of 2010 Jerry graduated from Texas
A & M University with a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies majoring in ESL (English As a Second Language).
Jerry had been a member of the Board of Governors of CALLERLAB for 21 year . Just recently, Jerry became the 38th CALLERLAB member to become an Accredited Caller Coach. Jerry tries very hard to understand the square dance picture from the local perspective as well as from a professional perspective. He cares deeply about the preservation of our activity for future generations, but realizes that there must be changes to keep up with an ever changing world.
Jerry is now doing his last world tour as he will be retiring at the end of 2019
Don started square dancing, as a teenager, in Edmonton (Namao) in 1960. Within a year, he began calling under the guidance of callers Alec Bowles, Ray Bowden, and Bill Coulter.
Don started dating his future wife, Marlene, in 1962. By the time they were married in 1966 Don was calling five nights a week.
Don has called throughout Alberta and British Columbia. He has been an active member of various caller and cuer associations throughout the years. Square and round dancing have been an integral part of the Krebs’ lives over the past 58 years.
Wendy lives in Abbotsford, where she started square and round dancing in 2002. She started calling in 2011 and calls for Guys’n’Gals of Aldergrove and Chilliwack Rhythm Reelers. She also teaches square dancing in community centres and public schools and teaches basic round dance lessons. She calls Basic, Mainstream, and Plus.
Wendy is now retired from her public school teaching career and wants to travel to call dances everywhere.
Claudia started cueing rounds in 2008, at the same time that her husband, Dave, started calling. Together they call/cue for a Mainstream club in Strathmore, and teach new dancers for a club in Calgary, Alberta. Claudia teaches 1/2 hour of rounds prior to the start of each square dance evening to anyone who wants to learn basic two-step or waltz steps.
She is a long time dancer and is actively involved in promoting square and round dancing. She is the editor of the “Alberta Chatter” newsletter, which provides promotion and marketing ideas, shines a light on people in the dance community, and provides history and general information about our much loved activity. Past issues can be found at: http://www.strathmoresquaredance.com/newsletter.html
Dave and Claudia started dancing in 1994, and Dave took an active interest in calling in 2005. In 2008 he became Strathmore’s club caller. In addition, Dave teaches new dancers for a club in Calgary and calls/teaches part-time for a club in Rocky Mountain House. He uses Dale Bennett’s innovative new dancer program called “The Nest” – a program that offers weekly entry points and accommodates dancer absences and different learning paces.
Dave has called at, and served as program chair, for several provincial conventions.
He recently retired as a sales rep for an international food import company.
Their family of four children and five grandchildren keep Dave and Claudia busy, too.
Darby Love has danced for 4 years and called for 2 years. She calls mainstream and plus. Darby can be found calling for the Nanaimo Wheel Arounds Square Dancers.
Her dancing and calling are seriously curtailed by her work as a public librarian, but she likes her job anyway and tries not to complain too much.
Patricia has been involved in square and round dancing since the early 90’s, and has cued rounds since that time in both Canada and the United States at various regional and national conventions and week-end events. Of late, she cues in Calgary and Edmonton as a regularly scheduled guest cuer.
She has co-taught dances from the Showcase of Rounds at Conventions on several occasions. She had a round dance club for several years, which was mostly dancing.
Patricia lives in Calgary.
In 2018, Lynette celebrated 50 years of Square & Round Dancing.
Lynette started dancing in 1962 in Bella Coola, with which she danced for two years. She took a seven year break after after moving to Bella Coola, took up dancing again with the Haymakers Club until it folded in 2008.
Lynette developed an interest in clogging which she took up in 1988. She cued and instructed clogging from 1994 to 2009.
Lynette took up cueing round dancing in 2000 and is still at it.
Lynette has 2 children, 3 grandsons and 1 granddaughter.
She lives in Parksville with her husband of 17 years, Ron Ervin. Ron has been dancing for 19 years.
Lynette participated as a dancer in BC Festival ‘99 and looks forward to returning to Salmon Arm in 2019.
Merv started dancing in 1982 at Abbotsford BC Swinging Hubs. He did some calling at goofer’s nights from 1986 to 1989 and again in 1997 & 1998. He started his own club “Chase Square Dancers” in January 1999. By the year 2000 Merv was calling 4 times per week and doing some cueing of round dances.
Merv teaches Round dancing phase 2 to 3+, as well as Square dance Mainstream & Plus. Now, at the age of 76 Merv is still calling & cueing 3 times per week as well as at some party nights, Festivals, and Conventions. Merv has been the club caller for 4 different clubs and he currently calls for the Thompson Valley stars in Kamloops BC.
In 2014, Merv & Sandy received the BC Square & Round Dance Federation’s Sillery Award which recognizes outstanding service to square, round, contra, clogging or line dancing extending well beyond club level endeavours.
Sandy Meyer has been square & round dancing for 19 years, and cueing for 11 years. She has cued at various Festivals and at ‘party nights’ throughout BC for the past 10 years. She was one of the 2 featured cuers for the ‘Chase The Fun’ Jamboree in Chase, BC for 4 years. Most recently she cued at the 2018 National Convention in London, ON. Sandy does some ‘yodel’ singing calls, and plays percussion in the ‘World Famous Kamloops Rube Band’.
Sandy & husband Merv teach 6 different rhythms of round dancing, and passionately promote square & round dancing. They both choreograph many of their own round dances. They presently call, cue, & teach Round & Square Dancing in Kamloops for the ‘Thompson Valley Stars’.
In 2014, Sandy & Merv received the BC Square & Round Dance Federation’s Sillery Award which recognizes outstanding service to square, round, contra, clogging or line dancing extending well beyond club level endeavours.
Ron and Mary started square dancing in 1995 and dance the advance level.
They started round dancing in 1997 and dance up to phase 4.
Ron and Mary have programmed the rounds for several Alberta Conventions including the 2018 50th Anniversary held in Lacombe.
Their Merry Go Rounds club in Calgary is currently teaching phase 2.
Allan Peterson is Caller & Cuer Coordinator for BC Festival 2019!
Allan has been dancing for 34 years and has been a caller and cuer for 22 years. He currently calls and cues approximately 75 dances a year. Allan has appeared at festivals and conventions in both Canada and the USA and was the caller coordinator for BC Festival 2009 in Vernon.
Calling, cuing or teaching three nights a week, Allan calls for four clubs. The Enderby River Dancers are more than happy that he has been their club caller for 22 years. He teaches and cues for the Star Country Squares in Vernon. Allan alternates weeks between the Salmon Arm Squares and the Ta’Lana Twirlers in Blind Bay as their caller and teacher.
Cuer for Enderby River Dancers and the Ta’Lana Twirlers in Blind Bay.
Laura has been dancing for 22 years and cueing for 21 years.
Laura also cues special events and on occasion, will team up with Allan for a party night. In 2019 they are the featured cuers for Chase the Fun on the Father’s Day Weekend.
Caller for Nelson’s Tuesday Plus and the Star Country Squares in Vernon, BC
In 1986, Nelson started teaching himself to call by practicing in his basement. He started calling and teaching for the Sun Country Squares in 1989 and has been caller for Vernon’s Star Country Squares and Kelowna’s Wagon Wheelers. In 2000, Nelson & Kadie formed their own caller run club, Nelson’s Tuesday Plus, which is still active today.
Nelson called on the BC Square Dance Jamboree Program from 1995 to 2003, at which time this jamboree became known as the Penticton Peachfest Square Dance Festival. Nelson has been on the program every year and has had the honor of being an MC five times.
Nelson has been on the dance program at events such as the Southern Hemisphere Square Dance Festival in Christchurch, New Zealand and BC Festivals as well as numerous conventions, jamborees and specials events in BC and Alberta.
The caller’s partner is an important part of a caller’s career. Their tasks are many and can sometimes be challenging or frustrating. Kadie has been there with Nelson through the good nights and, once in a while, the not so good night. Nelson appreciates all that she does to help make his career a success.
Heather has been Calling and Cueing since 1997.
She is the Full Time Caller/Cuer for the Abbotsford Grand Squares and enjoys performing all over Region 2.
In 2016, the FVSRDA and VDCTA awarded her the Scroll of Honour in recognition of her going above and beyond as an ambassador for square dancing within the Region.
As a member of Callerlab, she loves sharing her passion for Square and Round Dancing as a traveling Caller/Cuer throughout the Province of BC.
Heather and her Husband, Luke live in New Westminster.
Connie started dancing in Anchorage Alaska in 1981, took round dancing and plus in 1982, followed by A1 in 1983. In 1985, she moved back to her hometown, Victoria, BC. Connie started clogging in 1986.
In 1990, Connie taught her first class. A second class followed the next year and in January 1992 she, along with the guidance of Pat Zeeman, started the Rainbow Rounders, a Phase II + club. The Rainbow Rounders have held classes most years since. In the last 8 years, they have added some other Phase III rhythm to programs.
Connie is currently Round Dance Coordinator for the BC Square & Round Dance Federation and has, along with her late husband, represented the Victoria & District Callers Teachers Association, as delegates to the Federation since 2003.
Connie has enjoyed choreographing dances. Three of these have been chosen by the BC Federation as Rounds of the Month. She is always pleased to see other areas enjoying her choreography as well.
Michael started dancing with his wife, Rose Lynn, 18 years ago in Chilliwack. Their caller got him interested in learning to call. The caller worked with Michael and let him call a tip most nights.
Michael attended the cascade callers school a number of years ago and then also attended a callers school in Alberta.
Michael enjoys working with the new dancers and tries to make the dancing fun for all.
Debra and Raymond Schmidt live in Parksville, BC.
They call and cue for the Sand Dollars, the Circle & Squares Plus club, and the Amalgam-Eighters.
Bob & Dorothy Simpson live in Nanaimo, BC.
They call and cue for Nanaimo’s Wheel Arounds Square Dancers.
Gary calls and teaches Basic, Mainstream, and Plus. He started calling in in 2005 and has called locally for numerous clubs and at Alberta, Canadian and US National Conventions. He has attended caller schools in Alberta, Washington, and Wyoming from accredited caller coaches. He is a member of Caller Lab, Square and Round Dance Instructors Association of Alberta, and Edmonton & District Callers & Instructors Association.
Gary and his wife, Eileen, reside in Whitecourt/Edmonton, Alberta.
He enjoys performing a large variety of music (including more modern music).
He enjoys teaching classes, doing campouts, demos, and perform one night parties for experienced dancers and novices. He also enjoys calling 6 couple rectangles for both mainstream and plus.
Alberta Stamp has been clogging for 28 years and teaching for 27. Like many clogging instructors she began teaching right out of beginner class. However, unlike many clogging teachers, Alberta does not have a dance background (except for one belly dance class she took in college).
She says that it has been her privilege to teach and cue at many workshops. Those include being on staff at the Clog national in 2009 and again in 2016.
Alberta attended CCI classes in 2001 and received her CCI certification in 2007. She also currently helps judge CCI candidates during testing and is a mentor for CCI candidates attempting to earn their certification.
Alberta teaches and cues for the Olympic Mountain Cloggers out of Sequim Washington.
In her spare time from clogging, Alberta works full time as a Nurse Informaticist (which means she teaches and supports hospital computer systems).
Alberta is also a mother of two, and grandmother of two, and is proud to say her daughter has followed her mother (sort of) into the dance world as she is a co-captain of a local Line Dance team. She loves to read, sew and of course listen to music, although she does confess that she always has an ear to see if the music can be used for clogging.
David is the club caller for the Olds Calico Capers, Rockyview Ramblers in Airdrie and Rainbow Country Dancers in Nanton. He also does guest calls at Rocky Mountain House and in Red Deer.
David started dancing when he was seven, after watching his brother dance for two years with the Heel n’ Toe club in Edmonton. He continued dancing with the Heel N’ Toe club until his mid-teens. While living in Edmonton, David also danced with the Nuggateens, Country Kissin Kickers, NAIT Squares and Bandolaro’s in Red Deer.
After living in Calgary for a few years, David decided to get back into square dancing so he joined the Swinging Singles club in 1999. Sam Stead found out that David used to call when he was a teen so he would let him do a tip.
It was at the Swinging Singles club where he met the love of his life, Marlene Demers; they were married the following year on July 1, 2000. Shortly after they were married, they joined the Calgary Callers Association and served as treasurers and the reps for the Square and Round Dance Instructors of Alberta Association (SRDIAA). David was the Assistant Programmer for the Alberta Square & Round Dance Provincial Conventions in High River in 2012 & 2016 and Lacombe in 2013.
In 2015 David & Marlene were awarded the Alberta Rose Award for their contributions to square dancing in Alberta.
Cuers for the Rhythm Rounds, Vernon, BC
Peter and Stella took their first Round Dance Lesson in Oct. 1993. In Feb. 1996, Peter cued his first dance at a Goofer’s Night and started cueing and teaching in September, 1996. Stella was the cuer for Kelowna’s Wagon Wheelers for 10 years.
Peter and Stella have appeared at Canadian and Alberta Conventions. They have cued and given workshops at previous BC Festivals and were the Round Dance Co-ordinators for BC Festival 2009 in Vernon, BC.
Peter and Stella have taught and cued Phase III & IV workshops in West Kelowna. In 2018, they were the Presenters for a 3 day cuer’s workshop.
…AND THEY LOVE EVERY MINUTE OF IT.
Rick & Kathy started beginner square dance lessons in October 1985. Three short weeks later Rick became fascinated with the idea of calling. With the help of loaned equipment and records,he began practicing and studying the art of calling five to six hours a day.
Previously a singer in a country western band, Kathy was a natural for doing singing calls alone as well as duets with Rick.
One month before graduation from beginner classes they called their first dance and consequently a unique calling team developed. Since then, their calling career has grown in leaps and bounds.
Rick & Kathy have called for as many as four clubs at one time including one in Creston, BC for 25 years and are presently calling and teaching for one club in North Idaho. They are also teaching and calling in quartzsite, arizona during the winter months.
They have traveled and called extensively throughout the Western United States and Canada for club dances, festivals, U.S. and Canadian National Conventions, and State and Provincial Conventions.
Rick’s patter calling, whether it be Mainstream or Plus level is quick and challenging, yet smooth flowing. Rick & Kathy’s singing calls vary from Rick’s 50′ and 60’s Rock N’ Roll to Kathy’s Big Band Era and Contemporary Country Western Music. Their duets are lively and have them interacting with one another. Their unique style provides an entertaining dance and many fond memories.
Kathy has been teaching and cueing rounds since 1991 and cues at the “square dance” level of Phase II+.
Rick & Kathy are members of CALLERLAB, The International Association of Square Dance Callers.
You’ll think that The King has been reincarnated when you see and hear Elvis tribute artist, Tyler Wagner, on stage.
He most certainly does have that white, jewel-encrusted outfit like the one made famous by the real Elvis.
Tyler’s entertainment talent is exceptional. Apart from being an Elvis impersonator, he’s a disc jockey and a square dance caller for several of B.C.’s Lower Mainland dance clubs.
His experience includes conducting parties of all kinds such as for weddings, store openings & anniversaries, corporate events, Christmas & New Years, families and meet & greets.
Jean is the BC Square & Round Dance Federation President and Co-Chairperson for BC Festival 2019. Bill is the President of the Thompson-Shuswap (Region 9) Square & Round Dance Association.
Jean and Bill started square dancing in 2012 as a means to get out of the house and meet new people. Little did they know, what was to come. They have been active at many different levels of the dance community. Jean always says that they wear so many hats that there are times when they’re not sure which fits who on what day.
Jean attempted to start learning to call in 2015 when she saw a need for new callers. Unfortunately, she suffered from extreme “stage fright” and was a little slow to come forward. In 2016, she started gaining more confidence and is willing to take the leap… on occasion! She has appeared on the program at BC Festival 2017, at Peachfest and the Alberta Convention in 2018.
Jean and Bill look forward to seeing and welcoming you all to BC FESTIVAL 2019!
Susan started clogging in the fall of 1988 and a short 6 months later starting teaching her first clogging class – Yup!! she was hooked. Since that time she has enjoyed teaching to all levels and ages of dancers both at her studio in Cranbrook and at festivals and workshops in Canada and the United States.
Susan achieved her CCI designation in 1999. Susan has written and produced 3 full length clogging shows, performed with her group at an exhaustive list of community events and private functions, and had the honour of representing Canada in the Austrian Alps Performing Arts Festival.
Outside of her clogging life, Susan enjoys the great outdoors snowmobiling, quadding, water sports, skeet and trap shooting, hunting, dancing and her newest love – riding her shiny motorcycle across the country exploring.
Susan is a proud grandmother to two wonderful granddaughters and great auntie to 5 great nieces and nephew.
Valerie and Lane live in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan where Valerie calls for Town & Country Squares.
Valerie also calls part time for Whitmore Pioneers plus club and Happy Hearts club in Regina.
Valerie has called promo dances, workshops, Saskatchewan Federation Dance Weekends as well as being a guest caller at other clubs. She also called at the 2016 Canadian National Convention in Regina.
Lane is Valerie’s “Wright” hand man managing sound, hauling and setting up equipment & assisting the dancers.
Lane is president of the Zone 5 Moose Jaw Square and Round Dance Association.