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.
Wednesday, March 4 – Daylight Dancers at the Martin Janis 50+ Center, 600 E 11th Ave, from 3 to 4:45 PM. Caller and cuer: Mark Johnson. Hi-Lo.
Wednesday, March 4 – 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. New Dancer Pizza Party Dance.
Friday, March 6 – Orbiting Squares from 7:30 to 10:30 PM at Gahanna Community Congregational Church, 470 Havens Corners Rd, Gahanna. Caller: Nathaniel Arnett. Cuer: Chuck Berry. Hi-Lo.
Saturday, March 7 – 2 Ed's Are Better Than One at Grandview Parks & Recreation Center, 1515 West Goodale (the corner of Grandview & Goodale), from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Callers: Ed Laudenschlager & Eddie Powell.
Sunday, March 8 - Daylight Savings Time begins, set your clocks ahead!
Sunday, March 8 – COCDC Honoree Dance from 1:30 to 4:30 PM at Eastpointe Christian Church, 745 N Waggoner Rd, Blacklick, Ohio 43004. Caller: Homer Magnet. Cuer: Phyllis Burdette. Be sure to come out and support all of our Club Honorees! There will be a bake sale to help raise money for the 56th Ohio Dance Convention which will be in Columbus in 2016, so we hope you will bring baked goods for the sale and/or money to purchase them. Also, there will be 2016 Convention shirts available for you to see, try on for size and order.
Jimmy called his first dance on April 1, 1989 (April Fool's Day) wondering whom the bigger fool was, him for trying to call or the dancers who attended that dance. Jimmy calls through the Plus DBD program. He started a caller run club in 1990. Annually Jimmy calls throughout Illinois, Ohio, Michigan and Indiana for over 30 different clubs, conventions, festivals and campouts, traveling over 10,000 miles by car. He is an Accredited Member of Callerlab and enjoys teaching new dancers every chance he gets.
Jimmy started singing in church and gives credit for any special talents to God and the encouragement he received at church growing up. He started his calling career believing that it was not up to him but up to the dancers if he was to be a successful caller.
It is a pleasure to hear Jimmy sing. He has recorded square dance singing calls under the Grand label: His first recording was I’m Going Back to Indiana (Grand 201). He also recorded Grand Ol’ Square Dance Time (with co-artists Grand Staff, Tim Carman and Kevin Robinson, Grand 401) and Ring Around Your Neck (Grand 202).
Jimmy's non-dancing job is as an engineer with Raytheon Systems Company in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He has been married to his wife, Jan for 40 years and lives in Larwill, Indiana, a small farming community.
Jimmy will be the featured caller at the Bucks & Does Singles dance on March 13, 2015 from 8:00 to 10:30 PM at the Gahanna Community Congregational Church, 470 Havens Corners Rd, Gahanna. (Early rounds are at 7:30 PM). Cuer: Linda Bishop. He also will be calling at the Grove City Western Squares dance on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at the Evans Senior Center, 4330 Dudley Ave, Grove City from 7:30 to 10:30 PM. Cuer: Linda Bishop. Jimmy also will be one of the seven callers at the Single Square Dancers USA Dance-A-Rama festival on Labor Day weekend (Sept 4-6, 2015) in Grand Rapids, MI.