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, August 1 – Convention Fundraising Dance at Gahanna Community Congregational Church, 470 Havens Corners Rd, Gahanna, from 7:30 to 10:30PM. Caller Change: Tom Strickland. Cuer: Chuck Berry. There will be ice cream Sundaes. Some newly donated square dance clothing will be available for sale.
Sunday, August 2 – HASHING IT UPWORKSHOP 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, Dave Van Dyk, and others, along with Velma Doyle - as they work to improve their calling skills. (Bob Daye will be there too.) FREE.
Sunday, August 2 – Friendly Ties at Pickerington Senior Center, 150 Hereford Dr, Pickerington, from 7:00 to 9:30 PM. Caller: Gary Kincade. Cuer: Mark Johnson.
Wednesday, August 5 – Daylight Dancers at the Gillie Senior Center, 2100 Morse Centre, Columbus, from 3 to 4:45 PM. Caller and Cuer: MarkJohnson. (Location change due to the State Fair.)
Wednesday, August 5 – 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, August 7 – Orbiting Squares from 7:30 to 10:30 PM at Gahanna Community Congregational Church, 470 Havens Corners Rd, Gahanna. Caller: Ed Pabst. Cuer: Chuck Berry. Pie Night.
Saturday, August 8 – Grove City Western Squares at the Evans Senior Center, 4330 Dudley Ave, Grove City, from 7:30 to 10:30PM. Caller: Eddie Powell. Cuer: Chuck Berry.
As you'll soon find out when you dance with Ken, this is not your "Daddy's" square dance.
Ken Burke notes that his profession is not "square dance caller", but rather "entertainer." Square dancing is simply the medium by which he accomplishes this.
Ken is a real entertainer who combines smooth and innovative choreography with his vocal talents. Those that dance with him have a great time. Ken's widespread appeal can be attributed to his distinctive styling as well as his offbeat sense of humor.
Ken has been featured at many festivals, weekends, and conventions across the country.
He also reaches out to the public in exhibitions and in teaching lessons. Ken maintains that one of his biggest thrills is from conducting "one night stands," introducing our great activity to people of all ages.
Ken calls through the A-2 level and is currently on staff at Chaparral Records. He has also recorded on the Four-Bar-B/Quadrille label. Some of his hits include: Old Dogs, Children and Watermelon Wine, Small, Small World, Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain, Back in the Saddle Again, Streets of Bakersfield, and Livingston Saturday Night.
[ Our thanks to Dance-A-Rama for allowing us to use this writeup. ]
DANCE-A-RAMA COMING SOON: Our featured caller for August is 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.