There are several 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.
The dance at Grove City Western Squares scheduled for January 24 has been cancelled due to their hall not being available.
Sunday, January 25 – Maple Leaf Squares at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 309 W Broadway, Granville, from 4:30 to 7 PM. Caller: Tim Hellinger. Hi-Lo.
Wednesday, January 28 – 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.
Friday, January 30 – Little Brown Jug at Eagles Lodge # 376, 127 E William St, Delaware, from 7:30 to 10:15 PM. Caller: Bob Daye. Cuer: Linda Bishop. Hi-Lo.
Saturday, January 31 – Grove City Western Squares at the Evans Senior Center, 4330 Dudley Ave, Grove City, from 7:30 to 10:30 PM. Caller: Jack Pladdys. Cuer: Phyllis Burdette. Hi-Lo.
Sunday, February 1 – HASHING IT UP WORKSHOP, from 2 to 4:30 PM at the ClintonHeights 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. Hi-Lo.
Our January 2015 COCDC Caller of the Month is Brian Fellows who, along with his family, lives in Shelby, OH. He has been married to his wonderful wife Tammy for 20 years, and he really enjoys their nine year old daughter Bree. Brian works full time as a machinist at Arcelor Mittel Company in Shelby. His hobbies (along with square and round dancing) are Model A Fords and Cushman motor scooters. He owns a Model A, which belonged to his grandfather and has been in the family since 1946, and two Cushman scooters.
Brian and Tammy owe thanks to Dick Reed, their typing teacher in high school, who finally talked them into taking square dance lessons while they were dating. They tried it and liked it. They took their lessons in 1993 from Jerry Hadsel of Crestline. After dancing for a year and even square dancing at their wedding, they had to take a ten year hiatus from dancing. The reason was that Brian took a new job working a 4:00 p.m. to midnight shift. Never giving up, they took lessons again in 2004 with Danny Beck at the Shelby Cloverleafs.
A few years after getting back into dancing, Brian asked himself how hard it would be to call and decided to give it a try. He is thankful to the Shelby Cloverleafs for their help while he has been learning to call. He is especially thankful to Danny Beck who has served as his mentor and has answered his countless calls and questions. In 2006 Brian attended the Allegheny Callers School which provided four days of instruction. After a lot of practice, he started booking dances. Brian is currently in his third year as the class instructor for the Hicks & Chicks. He has called dances for Dixie Squares, Hicks & Chicks, Cloverleaf Squares, Gnat Boxers, Tiffin T-Squares, and Norwalk FADS.
Brian says “Thank you” to everyone who has been helping him to get started as a square dance caller.