There are several opportunities for mainstream and plus level square dancing in Central Ohio in the coming week:
Wednesday, October 1 – Daylight Dancers at the Martin Janis 50+ Center, 600 E 11th Ave, from 3 to 4:45 PM. Caller and cuer: Mark Johnson.
Wednesday, October 1 – Hi-Timers at 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, October 3 – Orbiting Squares Chuckwagon Dance from 7:30 to 10:30 PM at Gahanna Community Congregational Church, 470 Havens Corners Rd, Gahanna. Caller: Pam Courts & Ed Laudenschlager. Cuer: Phyllis Burdette.
Sunday, October 5 – 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.
Sunday, October 5 – Friendly Ties at Pickerington Senior Center, 150 Hereford Dr, Pickerington, from 7:00 to 9:30 PM. Caller: Gary Kincade. Cuer: Linda Bishop.
Wednesday, October 8 – Daylight Dancers at the Martin Janis 50+ Center, 600 E 11th Ave, from 3 to 4:45 PM. Caller and cuer: Mark Johnson.
Bob and Janice have been married for 48 years and have 3 children and 6 grandchildren. They are both retired and spend most of their time square dancing and calling. Bob will go anywhere, anytime to call a square dance. He travels from southern Michigan to northern Kentucky and from West Virginia to Oklahoma.
In the mid 80’s, a group of seven people graduated from a lesson class taught by Jess Fugate from Sidney, Ohio and ventured out into the square dance world calling themselves the “Magnificent Seven”. They decided the club scene didn’t fit their style of dancing. During this time, the men wore “Stetsun” hats as part of their square dance attire. Their philosophy of fun, laughter, and fellowship soon spread over a 3 state area and influenced them to change their name to the “Stetsun Traveling Squares”. Their group grew rapidly and was widely becoming known for the enthusiasm they generated at the club dances they attended.
In the late 80’s, Bob, became interested in the calling aspect of the square dance activity. With the help from Ron Everhart’s Caller’s School he became a new (rookie) caller. Soon he was calling guest tips at some of the dances he attended. Off and running, he joined CALLERLAB and has attended many CALLERLAB Conventions. He is also a member of Indiana Dance Leaders Association (IDLA) and is BMI-ASCAP Licensed. He will soon be a member of the local Ohio Callers Association. During the early 1990’s, Bob, took lessons from Larry Cole’s Square Stars Callers School in Marion, Indiana. In the 10 week course he was introduced to technical and choreography of calling.
BOB IS VERY PATRIOTIC. For 20 years he has started all his dances with the National Anthem and ends with a patriotic song as well. You will often see him dressed in Red, White and Blue attire along with his trademark, the “Cowboy” hat. His most requested singing calls are “Rocky Top” and “Long Black Train”.
For 15 years, Bob worked with Jolly and Alice Baldwin, of Winchester, Indiana and cuers, Judy and Dave Mouton, of Hartford City, Indiana as part of the staff of The Bearcreek Getaway Weekend at Bearcreek Farms in Bryant, Indiana. Great food, fun and dance was had by all.
For 12 years Bob has been a Board Member of the Indiana Square and Round Dance Convention and currently chairman of the Sound Committee.
Bob has been part of the calling staff on two Cruises. One to the Caribbean and one to the Mexican Riviera. On the first cruise, he met Fred and Pat Trujillo of Andover, Kansas. Bob and Fred have been sponsoring a “Dancin N Branson Weekend” in Branson, Missouri. If you are in the Branson area on July 4th weekend in 2015, look him up.
Bob is currently teaching lesson class at Double H Squares in Huber Heights, Ohio. He loves to teach as much as he loves to call dances. Bob believes in keeping the fun in dancing and does so by entertaining the dancers with skits and jokes and is quite a prankster.