This Week in Central Ohio Square Dancing
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, June 29 – 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, June 29 – Hi-Timers Grillin' & Chillin' Dance 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. Eat at 6:45 PM. Club providing burgers and hot dogs; please bring a covered dish to share.
Please note that there will NOT be an Orbiting Squares Plus Workshop on Thursday, June 23, due to the 65th National Square Dance Convention in Des Moines, IA, June 23 to 25.
Friday, July 1 – Orbiting Squares Red, White, and Blue Dance at Gahanna Community Congregational Church, 470 Havens Corners Rd, Gahanna, from 8:00 to 10:30 PM. (Early rounds at 7:30 PM). Caller: John Ramsey. Cuer: Chuck Berry. Sloppy Joes will be provided by the club.
Sunday, July 3 – 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. Callers may include Ramona Willis, Larry Lim, Dave Van Dyk, Velma Doyle & others. FREE.
Wednesday, July 6 – 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, July 6 – 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, July 8 – Bucks & Does Independence Day Dance at Gahanna Community Congregational Church, 470 Havens Corners Rd, Gahanna, from 8 to 10:30 PM. (Early rounds at 7:30 PM.) Caller: Kristy Williams. Cuer: Chuck Berry.
Sunday, July 10 – Happy Square Benefit Dance at Eastpointe Christian Church, 745 N Waggoner Rd, Blacklick, from 1:30 to 4:30 PM. Caller: Ed Laudenschlager. Cuer: Chuck Berry. Donations accepted. All proceeds will assist dancers with transportation and participation expenses to attend the Handicapable Square Dance Convention in St. Petersburg, FL.
Sunday, July 10 – Harmony Plus+DBD at Harmony Hall, 165 Worth Drive, Buckeye Lake, from 2 to 5 PM. Caller: Eddie Powell.
Keep on dancing!
Hello everyone, this is Rich Johnson. Since my high school years I’ve always been interested in dancing. The problem was no one could tell me how to dance, where to put your feet, etc. They would just say “go out there and just move around”. Well that wasn’t good enough for me. Over the years of seeking out classes, learning from anyone with the patience to show me steps, I am now teaching others to dance and cueing Rounds.
Eventually I ended up taking Square dance and Round lessons at the same time from Jerry and Bobbi Hadsell in 1988. In 1995 Jerry passed away and I assisted Glenna Coleman in teaching Rounds. With the assistance of Marianne and Jim Senecal on Roundalab dancing technics I became a member of Roundalab and started cueing. Most of my rounds are Phase II and III with a few Phase IVs. Occasionally I will do a line dance when cueing.
My son and daughter took square dance lessons at ages 9 and 10. They were very good and could dance circles around anyone both high and low level squares. We all joined up with the Wyandot Squares in Upper Sandusky and had a blast at all of the dances. I was Treasurer for several years and eventually President of the club for many years until the club folded.
My home town is Bucyrus, Ohio and, because I am working a regular job in Delaware, Ohio, it is difficult to get around to some of the dance clubs in Ohio. I generally take contracts for the North Central Ohio area. A few of the clubs have been Tiffin T-Squares, Delaware Little Brown Jugs, Marion (now Mt. Gilead) Hicks and Chicks, Shelby Cloverleafs, Mansfield Johnny Appleseeds, Upper Sandusky Wyandot Squares, Norwalk Fads, Westerville Promenaders, and the Canton Swing-A-Lings.
Looking forward to seeing you ‘round-a-square, be safe, and may God bless.
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