There are a number of opportunities for mainstream or plus level square dancing in Central Ohio in the coming week. Other dance information (including information about higher level square dances, round dances, and beginner dance instruction) is available on our monthly calendar and our workshops and classes web pages.
Saturday, April 18 – Hicks & Chicks at 103 W High Street(Route 95), Edison, from 8 to 10:30PM. (Early rounds at 7:30 PM). Caller: Homer Magnet. Cuer: Phyllis Burdette.
Sunday, April 19 – Friendly Ties at Pickerington Senior Center, 150 Hereford Dr, Pickerington, from 7:00 to 9:30 PM. Caller: Homer Magnet. Cuer: Chuck Berry. Hi-Lo.
Wednesday, April 22 – Daylight Dancers at the Martin Janis 50+ Center, 600 E 11th Ave, from 3 to 4:45 PM. Caller and cuer: Mark Johnson. Newdancers welcome.
Friday, April 24 – Bucks & Does at Gahanna Community Congregational Church, 470 Havens Corners Rd, Gahanna, from 8 to 10:30 PM. (Early rounds at 7:30 PM). Caller: Gary Kincade. Cuer: Mark Johnson. Hi-Lo.
Saturday, April 25 – Grove City Western Squares at the Evans Senior Center, 4330 Dudley Ave, Grove City, from 7:30 to 10:30PM. Caller: Dick Mackey. Cuer: Mark Johnson. Hi-Lo.
Saturday, April 25 – Westerville Promenaders at Westerville Senior Center, 310 West Main St, Westerville, from 7 to 9:45 PM. Caller: Mark Clausing. Cuer: Phyllis Burdette. Hi-Lo.
Sunday, April 26 – 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 with Velma Doyle – as they work to improve their calling skills. (Bob Daye will be there too.) FREE. Hi-Lo.
Sunday, April 26 – Maple Leaf Squares at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 309 W Broadway, Granville, from 4:30 to 7 PM. Caller: Tom Rudebock. Cuer: Phyllis Burdette. Hi-Lo.
Congrats to our 2015 COCDC Honorees —
Twin brothers, Doug and Don Sprosty began calling in 1972 at age 12. You could say they have square danced their entire lives as their parents, Leonard (deceased) and Mae, began modern western style square dancing in 1958, the year before Doug and Don were born.
Doug & Don call an average of 3-5 nights per week. They are the club callers and instructors for the Solo Steppers in their home area of Davenport and Bettendorf, IA. Don is also the club instructor for the Grand Squares of Morrison, IL and the Maple Leaf Squares of Geneseo, IL. The twins travel throughout the Midwest calling mostly in Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota as well as many of the surrounding states. Doug also cues the rounds at many of their dances.
Doug & Don have called at every National Convention since 1973. The same is true for the Iowa State Convention. They have called at all but two Wisconsin State Conventions since 1976 in addition to calling at many Illinois State Conventions and other state conventions as well. Doug & Don also have been on the program at two Canadian National Square Dance Conventions.
Over the years, Doug & Don have been the featured callers and/or staff callers for weekends and festivals in Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Arkansas, California, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New York and Pennsylvania. For many years they were active in the square dance camping organizations calling at countless National and State Camporees all over the U.S. and Canada.
In 2001, Don & Doug were inducted into the Iowa State Callers and Cuers Hall of Fame. The twins record on Solid Gold Records of Burlington, IA. Their latest release is titled Blessed Be The Day.
Doug is employed as the Administrative Assistant at their parish, Holy Family Catholic Church in Davenport and lives in Davenport as well. Don and his wife, Natalie, live in Bettendorf. Don works part-time as a bookkeeper at St. John's United Methodist Church in Davenport which allows him to continue to be "Mr. Mom" before and after school for their two sons, Roman (age 11, 6th grade) and Andrey (age 10, 5th grade). Roman and Andrey were adopted by Don and Natalie in 2006 from an orphanage in Siberia.
Known for their smooth interesting danceable choreography, as well as their melodic harmonies, Doug & Don look forward to seeing you on the dance floor.
Natalie Sprosty learned to square dance in 1983 while attending the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. After graduating from college and moving back home to the Chicago area, she quickly found a singles' club to join and discovered round dancing. While dancing with Al and Jane Krol's Carousel Club, Natalie tried cueing, starting with Maria Elena (Phase 5). She cued for many years for various clubs in the Chicago area and taught lessons, both beginners and a Phase 4-5 class.
In 2000, Natalie moved to Bettendorf, IA and started working for John Deere at the World Headquarters in Moline, IL as a CPA. In 2001, Natalie married Don Sprosty.
Natalie continues to cue for various clubs in Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin. She also teaches an occasional accelerated format beginners' class. Natalie has been the featured cuer/instructor at the last eleven Solid Gold Records (IA) Weekends, the Spring and Fall (IA/WI) Hoedowns, the Dairy Barn (IA) Round Dance Retreat, the East Central Iowa Spring Spectacular, the Illinois State Federation May Festival, the Friendship Squares' Watkins Glen (NY) Fall Weekend, the Omaha (NE) Spring Festival and the Kansas State Square Dance Convention. She has been on the staff at the 2009 and 2013 National Singles Dance-A-Ramas. In addition, Natalie has taught and cued at numerous Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin conventions as well as being on the program at many National Conventions.
Natalie's teaching partner is her brother-in-law, Doug. He is a square dance caller and round dance cuer as well.
Don & Doug Sprosty called a dance at Bucks & Does a number of years ago, and Natalie cued the rounds. All three will be performing at the Single Square Dancers USA Dance-A-Rama festival on Labor Day weekend (Sept 4-6, 2015) in Grand Rapids, MI.
COMING SOON: Ray Wiles (Michigan) will be our featured caller in May (for a sneak-peek, click here), followed by Tim Tyl (Texas) in June, Tim Marriner (South Carolina) in July, and Ken Burke (Michigan) in August. These great callers are among the seven callers who will call at the Single Square Dancers USA Dance-A-Rama festival on Labor Day weekend (September 4-6, 2015) in Grand Rapids, MI. The other three callers have already been featured: Don and Doug Sprosty (this month) and Jimmy Robison last month. Two of the cuers at the DAR have also been featured previously: Phyllis & Doug Burdette (in April 2012) and Natalie Sprosty (this month). To see the past biographies and photos of these and many other callers and cuers who perform locally, click on the Our Caller's Stories tab, either here or at the top of the page.