There are a number of opportunities for mainstream or plus level square dancing in Central Ohio in the coming weeks. 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.
Friday, August 28 – Bucks & Does Hawaiian Luau Dance at Gahanna Community Congregational Church, 470 Havens Corners Rd, Gahanna, from 8 to 10:30 PM. (Early rounds at 7:30 PM). Caller: Mark Clausing. Cuer: Mark Johnson.
Saturday, August 29 – Grove City Western Squares End of Summer Picnic Dance at the Evans Senior Center, 4330 Dudley Ave, Grove City, from 7:30 to 10:30 PM. (Two Halls. Shelter House Picnic 5 - 6 PM. Advance: 7 - 9 PM. Early Rounds 7 - 7:30 PM.) Callers: Jack Pladdys & Mark Patterson. Cuer: Chuck Berry.
Wednesday, September 2 – Daylight Dancers at the Martin Janis 50+ Center, 600 E 11th Ave, from 3 to 4:45 PM. Caller and cuer: Mark Johnson.
Wednesday, September 2 – 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.
Friday, September 4 – Orbiting Squares, from 8:00 to 10:30 PM at Gahanna Community Congregational Church, 470 Havens Corners Rd, Gahanna. (Early rounds at 7:30PM). Caller: Nathaniel Arnett. Cuer: Mark Johnson. (Note the time change: Orbiting Squares now has early rounds starting at 7:30 PM.)
Wednesday, September 9 – Daylight Dancers at the Martin Janis 50+ Center, 600 E 11th Ave, from 3 to 4:45 PM. Caller and cuer: Mark Johnson.
Friday, September 11 – 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: Tom Strickland. Cuer: Linda Bishop.
Friday, September 11 – Dixie Squares at 117 Columbus Rd, Fredericktown, from 8 to 10:30M (Early rounds at 7:30 PM). Caller: Bob Daye. Cuer: Phyllis Burdette.
Saturday, September 12 – Grove City Western Squares at the Evans Senior Center, 4330 Dudley Ave, Grove City, from 7:30 to 10:30PM. Caller: Gary Kincade. Cuer: Phyllis Burdette.
Saturday, September 12 – Westerville Promenaders at Westerville Senior Center, 310 West Main St, Westerville, from 7 to 9:45 PM. Caller: Bob Daye. Cuer. Mark Johnson.
Sunday, September 13 – Harmony Plus+DBD at Harmony Hall, 165 Worth Drive, Buckeye Lake, from 2 to 5 PM. Caller: Eddie Powell.
The first hint of autumn is in the air and the square dance community of Central Ohio is gearing up to start another round of fall classes. If you are at all interested in Modern Western Square Dancing, now is the time to take action. Square and Round Dance classes normally start in September and run through the Spring. In that time, you'll learn all the moves required to dance at the Plus level (the most popular dance level in square dancing) anywhere in the world. As you learn, you'll be invited to participate in Hi/Low dances with our local clubs, where alternating tips are called at a level appropriate to where the classes are at that point on the learning curve. So, why not check out the offerings on our Workshops & Classes page and get personally involved in this fun and invigorating pastime.
As you'll soon find out when you dance with Ken, this is not your "Daddy's" square dance.
Ken Burke notes that his profession is not "square dance caller", but rather "entertainer." Square dancing is simply the medium by which he accomplishes this.
Ken is a real entertainer who combines smooth and innovative choreography with his vocal talents. Those that dance with him have a great time. Ken's widespread appeal can be attributed to his distinctive styling as well as his offbeat sense of humor.
Ken has been featured at many festivals, weekends, and conventions across the country.
He also reaches out to the public in exhibitions and in teaching lessons. Ken maintains that one of his biggest thrills is from conducting "one night stands," introducing our great activity to people of all ages.
Ken calls through the A-2 level and is currently on staff at Chaparral Records. He has also recorded on the Four-Bar-B/Quadrille label. Some of his hits include: Old Dogs, Children and Watermelon Wine, Small, Small World, Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain, Back in the Saddle Again, Streets of Bakersfield, and Livingston Saturday Night.
[ Our thanks to Dance-A-Rama for allowing us to use this writeup. ]
DANCE-A-RAMA COMING SOON: Our featured caller for August is Ken Burke (Michigan). Ken is among the seven callers who will call at the Single Square Dancers USA Dance-A-Rama festival on Labor Day weekend (September 4-6, 2015) in Grand Rapids, MI. The others include Tim Marriner, Tim Tyl, Ray Wiles, Don and Doug Sprosty, and Jimmy Robison.