Biography

I've been calling Modern Western Squares since 1989, and Contras since 2007. I have over 26 years experience in teaching and leading social dance. I love everything from teaching beginners to satisfying seasoned dancers.

In recent years I've mostly been calling contra dances around Northern California, including Santa Cruz, Monterey, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Oakland, Hayward, and Berkeley, as well as some while traveling. I call both traditional and "gender role free" contra dances. 

I am a member of the Country Dance and Song Society, MCDC, TDSC, BACDS, SFBQCD, and LCFD and call contra dances regularly in those communities. I've called for contra dance weekends in Gainesville and Orlando, a dance camp in Woodstock, CT, and at Catapult Showcase 2017!

My Modern Western Square Dance (MWSD) calling skills are less in use these days, but I call about once a month for the Sage Stompers in Seaside, CA and once a month for the Outlaws in San Jose, CA. I am a member of CALLERLAB, a past president of the Gay Callers Association, and was a member of the Santa Clara Valley Callers Association. I am BMI & ASCAP licensed. I call everything from fun nights through C1. 

I have been a staff caller at 6 annual conventions of the International Association of Gay Square Dance Clubs (IAGSDC), and called at 7 National Square Dance Conventions. For many years, I was club caller for El Camino Reelers in Palo Alto and taught Basic/Mainstream classes for Foggy City Dancers in San Francisco where I also did some calling/teaching for Midnight Squares. I've called in 25 US States, the District of Columbia, and in Vancouver and Toronto Canada. In 1993 I traveled with a group of Gay & Lesbian square dancers to Russia and Latvia & got to teach and call with a simultaneous translator! In 1996 I went with another group to Australia (where less translation was needed). 

I am also a caller coach, working with both new and experienced callers. I've been on the staff of the GCA Caller School, Rhythm Records Caller School, the Northeast Caller School, and the Alguire Memorial Callers School.

In 2002, Betsy Gotta presented the Golden Boot Award to me at the 19th annual IAGSDC convention. I awarded it to Rick Hawes at the 20th convention in 2003.

Also see my page in the IAGSDC history wiki.

I serve on the board of Lavender Country and Folk Dancers and Traditional Dancers of Santa Cruz, and was a member of the board of trustees of St. Mark's School of Texas in Dallas, TX from 2007-2010.

A partial list of past events I have called.

Some headshots for promotional use.