There are a number of opportunities for mainstream or plus level square dancing in Central Ohio in the coming 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.
Friday, July 24 – Bucks & Does Pie Night at Gahanna Community Congregational Church,470 Havens Corners Rd, Gahanna, from 8 to 10:30 PM. (Early rounds at7:30 PM). Caller: Eddie Powell. Cuer: Mark Johnson.
Saturday, July 25 – Grove City Western Squares at the Evans Senior Center, 4330 Dudley Ave, Grove City, from 7:30 to 10:30PM. Caller: Bob Jones. Cuer: Mark Johnson.
Sunday, July 26 – Maple Leaf Squares at New Hope Lutheran Church (formerly Pilgrim Lutheran Church), 309 W Broadway, Granville, from 4:30 to 7 PM. Caller: Danny Beck.
Wednesday, July 29 – Daylight Dancers at the Gillie Senior Center, 2100 Morse Centre, Columbus, OH 43229 from 3 to 4:45 PM. Caller and Cuer: Mark Johnson. (Location change for this date & also next week due to the State Fair.)
Wednesday, July 29 – Hi-Timers Grillin’ & Chillin’ Dance at Gahanna Community Congregational Church, 470 Havens Corners Rd, Gahanna. They will start the grill around 6:30 PM and plan to eat at 7:00 PM. The club provides the burgers and hotdogs. Please bring a covered dish to share. Dancing is from 7:30 to 10:00 PM. Callers: Mark Clausing & Cindy Whitaker. Cuer: Chuck Berry.
Saturday, August 1 – Convention Fundraising Dance at Gahanna Community Congregational Church, 470 Havens Corners Rd, Gahanna, from 7:30 to 10:30PM. Caller: Dick Mackey. Cuer: Chuck Berry. There will be ice cream Sundaes. Some newly donated square dance clothing will be available for sale.
Sunday, August 2 – HASHING IT UPWORKSHOP from 2 to 4:30 PM. at the Clinton Heights Lutheran Church, 15 Clinton Heights Ave, Columbus. Please come and support the newer callers - which may include Ramona Willis, Larry Lim, Dave Van Dyk, and others, along with Velma Doyle - as they work to improve their calling skills. (Bob Daye will be there too.) FREE.
Sunday, August 2 – Friendly Ties at Pickerington Senior Center, 150 Hereford Dr, Pickerington, from 7:00 to 9:30 PM. Caller: Gary Kincade. Cuer: Mark Johnson.
On a dare, Tim started calling in November of 1973. The club he was dancing with conducted an amateur night, and members persuaded him to sign up for a slot. After that evening he was hooked; records couldn't be made quick enough for him to learn. He started conducting "Dance Parties" for local organizations, and soon thereafter acquired his first club, another step into the world of square dance calling.
In October of 1987, Tim decided to devote all his energies toward square dance calling on a full time basis, touring extensively across the United States and into Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, England, Finland, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Norway, and Sweden. He is on the staff of various resorts and currently records for ESP Records. Even with his busy travel schedule Tim still maintains a strong home program at Sun City Hilton Head [?] in Bluffton, SC. He conducts new dancer sessions, various workshops, Mainstream and Plus Program dances establishing Sun City Squares as one of the largest square dance clubs in SC.
There's more to it than just calling dances; a lot of professional training and education is needed to maintain his calling abilities, which range from Basics through Challenge 1. Currently Tim is a member of the Metrolina Callers and Cuers Association, a dedicated group of leaders with a goal of promoting Square, Round, and Line Dancing within the region. Tim is also an Accredited Member of CALLERLAB, the International Association of Square Dance Callers. He serves on the Board of Governors, is part of the Executive Committee, and is a Past Chairman for the organization. Tim is also an Accredited Caller Coach for CALLERLAB working several full curriculum schools across the country. Tim and his wife Donna reside in Rock Hill, SC where they enjoy their solitude amongst nature in their home on the edge of the woods. When they aren't traveling they are usually in the yard enjoying the outdoor retreat. Moss doesn't grow on rolling stones but it does on brick walkways through wooded gardens.
Tim Marriner is not just a caller; he is an entertainer. Having performed in several jazz choirs in college, he has trained and developed many twists to his singing routines. His enthusiasm is overflowing! Tim has called at a number of past Single Square Dancers USA Dance-A-Rama festivals and will be one of the seven callers at this year’s Dance-A-Rama festival on Labor Day weekend (Sept 4-6, 2015) in Grand Rapids, MI.
COMING SOON: Ken Burke (Michigan) will be our featured caller in August. 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.