There are several opportunities for mainstream and plus level square dancing in Central Ohio this weekend:
Friday, August 1 – Orbiting Squares from 7:30 to 10:30 PM at Gahanna Community Congregational Church, 470 Havens Corners Rd, Gahanna. Caller: Homer Magnet. Cuer: Bob Shover.
Saturday, August 2 – Two Ed’s Are Better Than One, from 7:00 to 10:00 PM at Little People’s Day Care Center, 3880 Clime Rd, Columbus. Callers: Ed Laudenschlager & Eddie Powell. (Squares, Lines, Easy Rounds, & Advanced Star Tips).
Sunday, August 3 – HASHING IT UP WORKSHOP, from 2 to 4:30 PM. at the Clinton Heights Lutheran Church, 15 Clinton Heights Ave, Columbus. Please come and support the newer callers – which may include Ramona Willis, Larry Lim, and Dave Van Dyk, along withVelma Doyle – as they work to improve their calling skills. (Bob Daye will be there too.) FREE.
Sunday, August 3 – Friendly Ties at Pickerington Senior Center, 150 Hereford Dr, Pickerington, from 7:00 to 9:30 PM. Caller: Gary Kincade. Cuer: Mark Johnson.
Danny Beck took square dance lessons from Harry Gordon in 1966 and joined the Firelands Area Dance Squares (FADS), where he remains a member to this day. Danny received his Western Square Dance Callers diploma from Stan Burdick May 15, 1969. He began calling that same year. Danny also attended callers school in Fort Wayne Indiana under the direction of Bob Cone.
Danny started teaching classes in 1979. He became the club caller for the FADS in 1979 after Harry Gordon retired. Danny became club caller for Tiffin T-Squares in 1984, and club caller for Solo Squares in Berera in 1986. He presently is instructing for four clubs — the Norwalk FADS, Tiffin T-Squares, Mansfield Johnny Appleseeds, and Shelby Cloverleafs. Danny has taught Basic through A-2. He has also taught clogging and round dance classes.
Danny has been a member of the Toledo Area Western Dance Leaders Association since 1984. He has served as president of the organization for several years. Danny joined Callerlab in 1990 and has been a member of the American Callers Association since 1993.
Danny has called at various events, such as the Toledo Promenade Jamboree, the State Convention in Cleveland in May, 1986, and since that time numerous State Conventions. He called his first New Year Eve dance in 1977 and has called every New Year Eve since.
Danny served as the Chairman of the 43rd Buckeye State Convention in Toledo in 2003.
Danny and his wife Coletta ("Teddi") were married June 6, 1959. They have three children, Cindy, Shelly, and Scott. They are blessed with six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Danny is employed as a farm equipment salesman at Wellington Implement and farms 750 acres with his son and grandson.