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Representing the Round and Square Dance clubs of Columbus and Central Ohio.

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This Week in Central Ohio Square Dancing

Dear Dancers,

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.

Wednesday, April 27 – Daylight Dancers at the Martin Janis 50+ Center, 600 E 11th Ave from 2:30 to 4:30 PM. Caller and cuer: Mark Johnson. New Dancers Welcome.

Friday, April 29 – Little Brown Jug at Eagles Lodge # 376, 127 E William St, Delaware, from 7:30 to 10:15 PM. Caller: Bob Daye. Cuer: Mark Johnson. New Dancers Welcome.

Saturday, April 30 – Grove City Western Squares Two Hall Dance at the Evans Senior Center, 4330 Dudley Ave, Grove City, from 7:00 to 10:30 PM. Callers: Jack Pladdys & Travis Cook. Cuer: Chuck Berry. Hall 2, Advance: 7:00-9:00. Main Hall, Early Rounds: 7-7:30. Main Hall, Plus & Rounds: 7:30-10:30.

Sunday, May 1 – HASHING IT UP WORKSHOP from 2 to 4:30 PM at the Clinton Heights Lutheran Church, 15 Clinton Heights Ave, Columbus.  Western square-dancers of all abilities are invited to a workshop for amateur and experienced callers to practice. Thanks to Bob Daye for his help. Callers may include Ramona Willis, Larry Lim, Dave Van Dyk, and Velma Doyle.  FREE.  New Dancers Welcome!

Sunday, May 1 – Friendly Ties Cinco de Mayo Buffet Dinner Dance at Pickerington Senior Center, 150 Hereford Dr, Pickerington. Callers: Jason Raleigh & Pam Courts. Cuer: Chuck Berry. Doors open at 4 PM. Buffet Dinner 4:30 to 5:30 PM; Hi-Lo Squares with Rounds 5:30 to 9:00 PM. Taco Bar provided by club. Bring dish to share (does not have to be Mexican).

Wednesday, May 4 – Daylight Dancers at the Martin Janis 50+ Center, 600 E 11th Ave, from 2:30 to 4:30 PM.  Caller and cuer: Mark Johnson.  New Dancers Welcome.

Wednesday, May 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. 

Thursday, May 5 – Trail End Dance to the 56th Ohio Dance Convention, Crowne Plaza Columbus North, 6500 Doubletree Avenue, Columbus, from 7:30 to 10:30 PM.  Callers:  Jack Pladdys & Tom Strickland.  Cuer:  Phyllis Burdette.  $7.00 per person.

Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7 – The 56th Ohio Dance Convention, Crowne Plaza Columbus North, 6500 Doubletree Avenue, Columbus.  If you haven’t registered yet, you can do so at the door!  There will be many callers, cuers, and dance leaders, and all levels of dancing, plus opportunities for shopping.  There will be much more than just dancing!  Don't miss the FUN at the Mardi Gras parade; the Columbus City Garden Tour; the Singles Meet, Greet, and Dance; the Talent Show After Party; and the (Matt Snow as) Frank Sinatra Dinner Show. There also will be dancer and caller educational seminars.  There will even be clogging and a Youth Hall.  For more information, go to

Keep on dancing!


Congrats to our 2016 COCDC Honoree
Lynn LeMaster
(Bucks & Does Singles)

Honoree Pic Lynn LeMaster

The COCDC is pleased to announce that Lynn is our Honoree this year
from Central Ohio. Lynn has served the square dancing community well
since she began dancing in 2005. Please visit our Honoree's Page
for Lynn's full story.

Our Featured Cuer of the Month:
Ives Pruett

Carol and Ives Pruett

Hello, we are Ives & Carol Pruett. We live in Bedford, IN, which is about 80 miles south of Indianapolis. We were married in 2001. Together, we have 5 children, 10 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren. We have a house full when we all get together. Ives is a native of Southern Indiana, Daviess County area and Carol lived in Troy, Ohio before moving to Indiana about 35 years ago. Ives is retired from the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane, Indiana, after 32 years as a Quality Assurance Supervisor and a Project Manager in the Fleet Ballistic Missile Program. Carol is retired from Indiana University as a Departmental Secretary.

Ives had heart by-pass surgery in March of 1989 and later decided he needed an exercise program. A friend recommended Square Dancing. So, he took square dance lessons that fall and the next summer, he took round dance lessons. A couple of years later, Stone City Squares' club cuer passed away and we were unable to replace her. Having several members wanting round dance lessons, Ives and another member decided to try teaching rounds. After a couple of lessons, it was decided one of us had to learn to cue. So, I attended a cuer training session in Tennessee with Charlie Proctor as the instructor.

Square dancing has been our "hobby" for several years. We were Presidents of the Stone City Squares & Rounds of Bedford for the past 13 years. Ives was President for 5 years prior to 2000. We are Past Presidents for 4 years of the Indiana Dancers Association. We have worked on the board of the Indiana State Convention for 6 years. Ives is a 3 year Past Chairman of the Southeast/Southwest Rebel Area of the Indiana Dancers Association and currently holds that position.

We are members of the Indiana Dancers Association, the Indiana Dance Leaders Association and Ives has been a member of the Kentuckiana Square Dance Association for the past 20 years and Carol for the past 15 years. Ives has attended 15 National Square Dance Conventions and Carol has attended 7.

Ives is also a Past President of the Indiana Moose Association and a holder of the Pilgrim Degree.

When not working for the betterment of the square and round dance community, Ives enjoys sports, mostly basketball and football. Carol spends her time sewing, knitting, keeping a neat/clean home and cooking.

We are also round dance cuers/instructors, BMI/ASCAP licensed through Round-A-Lab and have had classes or workshops over the past several years. Carol is also a Line Dance Leader. At our previous home, we converted our 24 X 40 garage into an area for round dance classes/workshops, etc.

We felt it a great honor when asked by Ron & Cindy Schoen, General Chairman, to be the Social & Special Events Chairman on the board for the 59th National Square Dance Convention that was held in Louisville, KY in 2010. We were very fortunate in acquiring capable members for our committee, which totaled around 90 dancers from Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. It is a huge endeavor to host a national convention, but while preparing for this event, we met a world of wonderful people.

Ives is scheduled as the cuer at Grove City Western Squares at their dance on April 9th. This is his first time cueing in our area. You won't want to miss coming to hear him cue the rounds that evening!

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