There are a number of opportunities for mainstream or plus level square dancing in Central Ohio in the coming weeks. 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.
Wednesday, September 2 – Daylight Dancers at the Martin Janis 50+ Center, 600 E 11th Ave, from 3 to 4:45 PM. Caller and cuer: Mark Johnson.
Wednesday, September 2 – Hi-Timers at Gahanna Community Congregational Church, 470 Havens Corners Rd, Gahanna, from 7:30 to 10:00 PM. (Early rounds at 7 PM.) Callers: Mark Clausing & Cindy Whitaker. Cuer: Chuck Berry.
Friday, September 4 – Orbiting Squares, from 8:00 to 10:30 PM at Gahanna Community Congregational Church, 470 Havens Corners Rd, Gahanna. (Early rounds at 7:30PM). Caller: Nathaniel Arnett. Cuer: Mark Johnson. (Note the time change: Orbiting Squares now has early rounds starting at 7:30 PM.)
Wednesday, September 9 – Daylight Dancers at the Martin Janis 50+ Center, 600 E 11th Ave, from 3 to 4:45 PM. Caller and cuer: Mark Johnson.
Friday, September 11 – 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: Tom Strickland. Cuer: Linda Bishop.
Friday, September 11 – Dixie Squares at 117 Columbus Rd, Fredericktown, from 8 to 10:30M (Early rounds at 7:30 PM). Caller: Bob Daye. Cuer: Phyllis Burdette.
Saturday, September 12 – Grove City Western Squares at the Evans Senior Center, 4330 Dudley Ave, Grove City, from 7:30 to 10:30PM. Caller: Gary Kincade. Cuer: Phyllis Burdette.
Saturday, September 12 – Westerville Promenaders at Westerville Senior Center, 310 West Main St, Westerville, from 7 to 9:45 PM. Caller: Bob Daye. Cuer. Mark Johnson.
Sunday, September 13 – Harmony Plus+DBD at Harmony Hall, 165 Worth Drive, Buckeye Lake, from 2 to 5 PM. Caller: Eddie Powell.
The first hint of autumn is in the air and the square dance community of Central Ohio is gearing up to start another round of fall classes. If you are at all interested in Modern Western Square Dancing, now is the time to take action. Square and Round Dance classes normally start in September and run through the Spring. In that time, you'll learn all the moves required to dance at the Plus level (the most popular dance level in square dancing) anywhere in the world. As you learn, you'll be invited to participate in Hi/Low dances with our local clubs, where alternating tips are called at a level appropriate to where the classes are at that point on the learning curve. So, why not check out the offerings on our Workshops & Classes page and get personally involved in this fun and invigorating pastime.
Cathy and Fred Fisher began square dancing together in 1985. Cathy was finally able to drag Fred (kicking and screaming "NO!") into round dance lessons in 1987. They have been teaching rounds since 1998 and in their hometown of Conway Arkansas have formed the Conway Rounders as their home club. They cue and teach phases I through IV. In 2013, they choreographed their first dance, Arkansas Traveler, for the 62nd National Square Dance Convention® (NSDC®) in Oklahoma City to promote the 63rd NSDC® in Little Rock in 2014.
They are members of ROUNDALAB and have attended six ROUNDALAB conventions and one Mini-Lab. They are presently members of the ROUNDALAB Phase III Round of the Quarter (ROQ) Committee and past members of the Phase II ROQ Committee.
They have attended eight NSDCs® and have showcased, taught, and cued at the NSDC. Fred served at Program Chairman for the 2014 NSDC in Little Rock. At the same time, Cathy served a Program Chairman of the Round Dance Committee. The fishers have been Round Dance Chairman for the Arkansas State Square Dance Federation since 2006. They are also the editor for the Arkansas State Square Dance Federation's Modern Square. They are members of the Louisiana Round Dance Association. They have been on staff for many conventions and festivals, including Arkansas and Louisiana state functions and two National Singles Dance-A-Rama events.
Cathy is the Parts Department Manager for a Hyundai car dealership and is presently serving as a Master Sergeant in the Arkansas Air National Guard. Fred is retired from 35 years of retail store management. He states that retirement is the hardest job he has ever had and he is not succeeding at it.
[ Our thanks to Dance-A-Rama for allowing us to use this writeup. ]
DANCE-A-RAMA COMING SOON: Our featured caller for August was Ken Burke (Michigan). Ken is 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 others include Tim Marriner, Tim Tyl, Ray Wiles, Don and Doug Sprosty, and Jimmy Robison.