There are a number of upcoming opportunities for mainstream and plus level square dancing in Central Ohio this week:
Sunday, Mar 9 – COCDC Honoree Dance from 1:30 to 4:30 PM at Eastpointe Christian Church, 745 N Waggoner Rd, Blacklick, Ohio 43004. Caller: Kevin Lowe. Cuer: Chuck Berry. Be sure to come out and support all of our Club Honorees!
Tuesday, Mar 11 – Bucks & Does Mainstream Dance at St Luke’s Methodist Church, 1150 W 5th Ave, Grandview, from 6:45 to 8:45 PM. Caller: Tom Alexander. No Rounds. Dance tickets every other tip.
Wednesday, Mar 12 – Daylight Dancers at the Martin Janis Senior Center, 600 E 11th Ave, from 3 to 4:45 PM. Caller and cuer: Mark Johnson.
Friday, Mar 14 – 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: Gary Kincade. Cuer: Bob Shover. Hi-Lo.
Friday, Mar 14 – Dixie Squares at 117 Columbus Rd, Fredericktown, from 8 to 10:30M (Early rounds at 7:30 PM). Caller: Tom Strickland. Cuer: Phyllis Burdette.
Saturday, Mar 15 – Hicks & Chicks at 103 W High Street (Route 95), Edison, from 8 to 10:30 PM. (Early rounds at 7:30 PM). Caller: Jack Pladdys. Cuer: Chuck Berry. Hi-Lo.
Sunday, Mar 16 – Friendly Ties at PickeringtonSenior Center, 150 Hereford Dr, Pickerington, from 7:00 to 9:30 PM. Callers: Ed Laudenschlager & Jaye Fitch. Cuer: Chuck Berry. Hi-Lo.
We hope to see you somewhere at a dance!
Imagine being 10 years old, driving down the road with your parents and hearing your mother saying to your father that the family should get into square dancing. Even though they had met and married through Hoedown square dancing, Dad was against getting involved...Until... from the back seat, you, the oldest child that had zero interest in square dancing said, “If you go, I’ll go.” Immediately, the stage was set and off the family went to learn square dancing that fall.
Back then, lessons were only 20 weeks. By midway through the lessons Eddie was inviting the same lesson class over to his basement to review all that had been taught each week by that professional caller, Bill Burnside. Bill even encouraged Eddie by loaning him records and steering him to Sam Rader, who was selling an old Newcome turntable and amplifier. Taking a small loan from his parents, which he promptly paid back from future square dance gigs, Eddie was on the road as a caller with mom and dad driving him to the dances.
Harry Koppenhaver, Hal Posey, Bill Spangler, Jim Wilber, Hugh Johnson, and many others provided mike time and encouragement. Bill Thurman took Eddie under his wing to mentor him and really shaped his calling style. Cecil Albery and Sam Rader sponsored Eddie into the Central Ohio Caller’s Association where he served as Vice President, Chairman of the Snowball at Beightler Armory, and a scheduled caller at the Greenlawn Summer Dances. Jerry Story, Jerry Hagg, Jerry Helt, Dick Baer, Deuce Williams, Marshall Flippo, Keith Rippeto, Chuck Meyers, Ed Laudenschlager, Fred Endsley, Joe Chiles, and others teamed with Eddie throughout their careers.
Eddie founded Reynoldsburg Promenaders, Roundtown Square-A-Rounds of Circleville with rounds cuer Velma Bertner, and The Expressers advanced club of Dayton. He served as Club Caller for Lake Choctaw Twirlers of London, Whirlaways of Toledo, and taught lessons for all of these clubs for many years along with traveling nationally. He has called Specials, Festivals, Weekends, Weeks, Fairs, Festivals, and other events including such highlights as Canada, Andy’s Trout Farm/Square Dance Resort, National Square Dance Conventions, Ohio and surrounding states’ conventions, even Advanced and Challenge Weekends.
Eddie has always focused on marketing the square dance activity. He wrote a feature column for The Columbus Dispatch called Around Square Dancing. He created and hosted The Eddie Powell Square Dance Show for radio. He even taught square dancing to future physical education teachers at OSU and brought square dancing into the homes of many Central Ohioans via programs on Warner-CUBE. Demo’s and activities including street fairs, AmeriFlora, the Ohio State Fair, and many festivals throughout Ohio featured Eddie’s calling.
Eddie attended Caller’s School with Jack Lasery, Al Brundage, and Earl Johnson at the age of 13. Later, he taught his own Caller’s Schools – some with Ron Shaw, wrote the caller training manual So You Want To Be A Caller, created choreography which is included in Burleson’s Square Dance Encyclopedia, recorded on his own label – Cherokee Records, wrote many articles for American Square Dance, Sets In Order, and many other publications which were republished internationally, then operated Cues & Tips – Central Ohio’s Square Dance Magazine founded by Dewey Hart, operated by Paul & Ellie DeBald, then Eddie & Denise Powell, and now in the hands of Mark & Jody Johnson.
Eddie belonged to Callerlab for many years then became one of the earliest members of American Caller’s Association, of which he is still a proud licensed member. He believes it is vital to the activity to encourage and train new caller’s and has helped many caller’s better themselves. Some actually got their start or got introduced to Central Ohio at the Summer Dance Fests held for a dozen years at Tree Haven Campground in Westerville. In fact, both Edward and Sarah Powell, Eddie and Denise’s two children, have been Amateur Caller’s at the summer dances.
Eddie called and served on training committees, sound, and other steering committees for national conventions, state conventions, and more. Ask him about the 6 hours he and several callers & dancers spent stuck in the elevator in Detroit..wow.. or the 40,000+ dancers at the National in California in 1976. He and Denise served as General Chairman with Cecil and Dottie Albery as Co-Chairman of the 1997 Ohio Square Dance Convention earned over $60,000 profit for COCDC, a feat that was unexpected by many.
Eddie’s Square Dance Radio Show lead him into a successful radio career as an on-air personality with WWWJ Johnstown, WLGN Logan, WMNI / WMNI-FM, WMGG, Columbus. From backstage at the Grand Ole Opry with Ricky Skaggs, Bill Anderson, Jim Ed Brown, The White’s, Roy Acuff, and many others to promotions for Dolly Parton, concerts with Kenny Rogers, the Oak Ridge Boys, Reba McEntire, Dwight Yoakum, Eddie Rabbit, T.G. Sheppard, Janie Frickie, Louise & Barbara Mandrell, Mel Tillis, Jim Stafford, Tony Orlando, Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash, Waylon Jennings, Tiny Wellman, McGuffey Lane, and more. Followed by General Manager of Radio Sound Network – Satellite Radio, syndication from Branson, MO The Radio Café with The Radio Café Hour, a national award winning ad agency and RadioWriters Copywriting Service, Group X Marketing, and Shared Resource Network, Inc. This parlayed into a ten year host of Shared Resource Network Television and hosting Planet Business Radio.
Eddie also lent his talents to teaching K-12, Adult Education at Career Centers, then as a College Professor, teaching business, marketing, computers, career development, business training, and more. His success in workforce and business development earned him honors as the U.S. Small Business Administration 2007 Journalist of the Year, Region V (Entire Midwest – Highest Possible Award), a U.S. Congressional Order of Merit, and a U.S. Presidential Commendation. He is included in Who’s Who In Entertainment, Who’s Who In Colleges and Universities, Who’s Who In Finance and Industry, Who’s Who in America, andWho’s Who In The World. He holds an MBA-Marketing and a Doctor of Divinity.
Eddie had taken a hiatus from square dancing due to Denise’s passing after 30 years of marriage. He is now delighted to be calling again, creating a new email newsletter for New Dancers available by subscription; developing The Complete Square Dance Marketing System© which he is licensing to clubs, councils, and callers focused on gaining new members and growing the square dance activity; putting together an email list of dancers, callers, and sponsors that want to share in multiple ways of enhancing the square dance activity’s engagement with the public; and, taking some time to introduce Shirley Evans, a professional photographer, to Square Dancing: The Original Social Network©.
Contact Eddie: Eddie@EddiePowell.com PO Box 65, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068-0065 614-772-7377 and connect at: www.LinkedIn.com/in/EddiePowell. Be sure to join Eddie Powell and Ed Laudenschlager on the first Saturday each month at the Little People’s Day Care Building, 3880 Clime Road, Columbus for: 2 Ed’s Are Better Than One Dances that are focused on goodtimes and fun!
Remember Eddie’s motto: Together, we can do great things!