This Week in Central Ohio Square Dancing
There are a number of opportunities for mainstream or plus level square dancing in Central Ohio this 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.
Sunday, July 24 – Harmony Plus+DBD at Harmony Hall, 165 Worth Drive, Buckeye Lake, from 2 to 5 PM. Caller: Eddie Powell.
Wednesday, July 27 – Daylight Dancers at the Gillie 50+ Center, 2100 Morse Centre, Columbus, from 2:30 to 4:30 PM. Caller and cuer: Mark Johnson. The location change is through Aug 10. Dancing will be back at the Martin Janis Center starting on Aug 27.
Saturday, July 30 – Grove City Western Squares at the Evans Senior Center, 4330 Dudley Ave, Grove City, from 7:30 to 10:30 PM. Caller: Ken Burke. Cuer: Phyllis Burdette.
It would be good to mark your calendars now for two special dances:
Sunday, August 21 – Appreciation Dance (as a thank you to dancers for all of the support at the 2016 State Square Dance Convention). Location: Gahanna Community Congregational Church, 470 Havens Corners Rd, Gahanna. Potluck at 4:30 PM followed by dancing until 8:30 PM. Callers: Dan Austen & Gary Kincade. Cuers: Phyllis Burdette & Linda Bishop. Admission: FREE, but please bring a potluck item to share. Fried chicken & table service provided.
Sunday, October 9 – Dance to Support the 2017 National Convention at the Gahanna Community Congregational Church, 470 Havens Corners Rd, Gahanna, from 2:00 to 6:00 PM. Callers: Dan Austin, Bob Daye, Mark Johnson, Gary Kincade, Ed Laudenschlager, and Eddie Powell. Cuers: Chuck Berry, Phyllis Burdette, Mark Johnson and Sue Powell. $6.00 per person. Please bring finger food.
Keep on dancing!
HELP NEEDED FOR JIM CORDER’S BEGINNER SQUARE DANCE CLASS. New dancers and angels are needed on Mondays, starting July 25, 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Jim Corder (member of Orbiting Squares and Bucks & Does) is learning to call and is starting a beginner square dance class at his church, First Baptist Church of Gahanna, 520 Havens Corners Rd, Gahanna. For more information, contact Jim at 866-521-1776 or his church at 614-471-3352. This class will be FREE.
Introductions are always the hardest part of just about anything, and with me it proves out. Someone once said “A journey of a thousand miles starts with the first step” and so it is with Western Square Dancing...
I am called “Tom” but my real name is George Thomas Alexander. I have always gone by a short version of my middle name. However, if it was correct it should be “Thom”. I have been involved in many forms of dancing from my teenage years forward. In the “70’s” if you acted like you grabbed hold of an electric cattle fence and made the same gyrations, it was called dancing.
I had studied six forms of martial arts and the practice portions are called “forms” or “kata” which translates to “dance”. I did not pursue this farther than my military career and after retiring from the US Army, I retired it also.
During my military career, I had to march soldiers from point A to point B and timing and movement where essential to completing the task. I spent several years in Central America and decided to learn how to dance the “Meringue” so I took formal ballroom dancing lessons.
In the year 2005, my sister wanted me to learn “Western Square Dancing”. I took a few lessons and gave up, not because of instructor issues — Joe Chiles was a great instructor — but because I needed a partner, I didn’t have one, and it seemed to me that I was burdening the club with getting me one.
In 2007, I married Holly and my sister asked us to learn “Western Square Dancing”. We attended a dance in Lima, Ohio, at the “Sues and Ques” Club where Sam Dunn was calling that night. We began our lessons in the fall of 2008 with the “High Point See-Saws”. It took a lot of practice, attending dances that allowed beginners, and a lot of patience, but in 2009 we graduated. During one of the dances, a Caller by the name “Ed Laudenschlager” and his wife “Faye” invited us to their club, the “Bucks & Does Singles”. Their club hadn’t finished their lessons, so we decided to take more lessons from them.
While at the 2012 Ohio State Convention I saw novice callers. I thought if they had the courage to try to be a caller, so would I. I sought the advice of several callers on how to begin; I entered an Amateur Night for Callers dance and attended “Hash’em Up” Workshops. I was soon offered opportunities to do demos, call guest tips, and soon clubs began taking a chance and having me call their dances.
Due to my ever changing work schedule, I have not been able to attend Caller Schools, but the future looks promising to that end and I am always seeking to improve myself. I have joined the Central Ohio Callers Association, and currently am serving as their Treasurer. I also am a member of the American Caller’s Association and have BMI/ASCAP licensing to perform copyrighted music.
You can have fun and meet some of the world’s best people at a “Western Square Dance”. It is not a form of dancing where you can “grab the electric fence” and take off; It takes patience and time to learn. But for your efforts you will be rewarded with a great time. I hope to c-u-n-a square. Tom.
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