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Jerry Helt
 Square Dance Caller, Round Dance Cuer
 
ID: 175
Jerry Helt

Jerry L. Helt is considered by folk dancers throughout the fifty United States and Canada as the most popular caller and teacher of American square dances, contras, and round dances. He is known for his humorous, fun teaching style, for his specialty, "Exploding Squares," and for his very popular creations "Sweep a Quarter" and the round dance "Jiffy Mixer."

Jerry began his square dance activities in the early 1940s and has been a full-time caller since 1953. As a professional caller and instructor, he conducts callers' clinics and workshops, and serves on the teaching faculty of numerous universities, institutes, and camps throughout the United States and many foreign countries. Jerry is not only a member of Callerlab (the international association of square dance callers), he served on its founding Board of Governors. He conducts a full program of classes and clubs in Cincinnati, Ohio, and surrounding areas that includes squares, rounds, quadrilles, and contras. He has served on the program of the National Square Dance Convention since 1953 and served as a member of the Blue Ribbon Committee for the American Square Dance Society. He is fully licensed by A.S.C.A.P. and B.M.I.

Jerry is a recording artist on Blue Star, MacGregor, Scope, Sets in Order, Hollywood, Kentucky, and Gateway Records. He also has performed and recorded with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra on the Telarc label. His numerous albums and singles are heard around the world. He has produced "Jerry Helt's Dance Party KDF-003," a video and audio cassette for non-dancers, people of all ages, square dancers, school groups, square dance callers, and collectors (available from Kentucky Dance Foundation).

Jerry has been featured as a caller and choreographer on stage and in television shows and choreographed square dance scenes for the Cincinnati Opera's "Elixer of Love." He has conducted exhibition groups and has taught dancing to mentally retarded, wheelchair groups, and children. He has performed and called square dances throughout the fifty United Sates and has been featured in articles in the national square dance magazine Square Dancing as well as other magazines and publications.

Jerry attended engineering school at the University of Cincinnati. He enjoys many hobbies, such as sculpture and antique collecting, with his wife Kathy and three daughters in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The American Square Dance Society inducted Jerry into their Hall of Fame in 1979. The Jerry Helt Fan Club and its national membership contribute and support the American Cancer Society to help wipe out this dreaded disease.

Dances Jerry has taught include Blue Stars and Stripes Mixer, Blue Stars and Stripes Quadrille, Buffalo Gap Contra, Cielito Lindo Mixer, Cincinnati Waltz Quadrille, Circle and Star Contra, Circle Waltz Mixer, Dipsy, Elementary Mixer, Flaming Mamie Mixer, Flutter Wheel Quadrille, Grand Square Quadrille, Happy Heart Square, Heel and Toe Quadrille, Hey Hey Contra, Honey Quadrille, Hula Blues Mixer, Jiffy Mixer, Jubilee Mixer, Lead to the Right, Linear Cycle, Little Red Wagon, Love for Pennies Square, Peel To the Right, Pretty Baby Quadrille, Queens Quadrille, Rock'n In Rosalie's Boat, 'Round the Corner Quadrille, Should I Mixer, Square Rotation 1/4 Right, Squeeze Play Contra, Sweep a Quarter, Swing Mixer, Three Quarter Quadrille, Travel On, and Two Stars in the Night (Venus and Mars).

If you have any additional pertinent information about this artist, please contact Debbie.

Recordings by Jerry Helt:
                       
 
Baby Won't You Please Come Home  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Blue Star 1823
 
Banjo Contra  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Contra, Blue Star 1994
 
Blue Birds Singing  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Blue Star 1974
 
Blue Stars And Stripes  (comments) (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Mixer, Blue Star 1917
 
Blue Stars And Stripes  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Mixer, E-Z School Rhythm 714
 
Celito Lindo  (comments) (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Blue Star 2121
 
Celito Lindo Mixer  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Mixer, E-Z School Rhythm 724
 
Cowboy's Sweetheart  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Blue Star 1802
 
Four Leaf Clover  (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Blue Star 2444
 
Get It Right  (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Blue Star 1979
 
Gone / Seeing Nellie Home  Singing Call (two vocals), MacGregor 8625
 
Goofuz / Mamie's Mixer  Round (two-sided) -- with co-artist Manny & Jackie Amor, Blue Star 1788
 
Grand Square  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Patter, E-Z School Rhythm 717
 
Happy Birthday (Song & Dance)  (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Blue Star 2411
 
Happy Heart  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Blue Star 1919
 
Hello, Hello, Hello  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, MacGregor 923
 
Helt's Hash  (sample clip)  Patter, MacGregor 8815
 
Hey, Good Looking  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, MacGregor 919
 
Hi Neighbor  (comments) (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Blue Star 2360
 
Hi Neighbor  (comments) (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, MacGregor 1099
 
Hi Neighbor / Lacy  (comments) (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call (instrumental) + Patter, Dance Ranch 1045
 
Humble Hoedown  Patter, MacGregor 905
 
It's A Long Way To Houston  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Blue Star 1938
 
It's You I Love / Hash Happy  (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call (vocal) + Patter, MacGregor 8343
 
Jerry's Jumble  (sample clip)  Patter, MacGregor 902
 
Little Bu Bu  (comments) (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Blue Star 1818
 
Little Red Wagon  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Blue Star 2081
 
Love For Pennies  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Blue Star 2014
 
Marked Cards  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Patter, MacGregor 8845
 
Oldies  (sample clip)  Patter, MacGregor 8935
 
Patriotic Medley  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Blue Star 2025
 
Pretty Baby  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Blue Star 2067
 
Queen's Quadrille  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Patter, E-Z School Rhythm 719
 
Sigh 'N' Cry  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, MacGregor 8755
 
Smile In Your Style  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, MacGregor 933
 
Sprechen Sie Deutsch  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Blue Star 2366
 
Square Dance Music In My Soul  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Blue Star 1943
 
Standing Room Only  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Blue Star 1909
 
Susie  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, MacGregor 911
 
The Grande Colonel  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Old Timer 202
 
Tied Down  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, MacGregor 2010
 
Too Old To Cut The Mustard  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, MacGregor 908
 
Travel On  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Blue Star 2363
 
Warm Up  (sample clip)  Patter, MacGregor 8785
 
What Is To Be  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Blue Star 1928
 
Wildflower  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Scope 512
 
You Are  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Blue Star 1955

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