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Jack Lasry 
Square Dance Caller
ID: 49

Jack Lasry  

First exposed to square dancing while employed as a recreation director for the city of Miami Beach, Florida in the early 1950s, Jack Lasry was impressed with the recreational values of the activity. Before long he was calling for children and conducting one-night stands.

With time out for obtaining a college education and raising a family, Jack and his wife Carolyn, kept contact with the activity through party nights and one-night stands.

In 1960, Jack was invited to take over the calling for a club in nearby Homestead, Florida. This first real experience with club calling and teaching led to the big step for the Lasrys when they opened their own square dance hall, "Trails End," in Miami.

By 1965, Jack had become a full-time caller appearing at many of the large festivals. With a background in school teaching, it was a natural step for Jack to move into the field of caller training. Conducting a number of callers clinics of his own, he was also featured on the staff of several others.

Prolific in the creation of dance material, he edited a very successful callers note service, and his articles appeared in a number of square dance publications.

A member of the Square Dance Hall of Fame and charter member of Callerlab, Jack served the organization as Chairman of the Board and in many other ways. He was honored with the prestigious Milestone Award in 1980. Jack passed away October 9, 1990, leaving a legacy of devotion to the activity.

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Recordings by Jack Lasry:
Square Tunes   
"A1" Series (1/4 Thru, Chain Reaction, etc)  Patter, Square Tunes 703
"A1" Series (All 8 Swing Thru, 3/4 Thru, etc)  Patter, Square Tunes 709
"A1" Series (Crossover Circulate / Turn & Deal / Step & Slide / Explode The Line)  Singing Call, Square Tunes 701
"A2" Series (Checkmate The Column, etc)  Patter (two vocals), Square Tunes 806
"A2" Series (Hourglass Formation, etc)  Patter (two vocals), Square Tunes 800
"A2" Series (Peel & Trail, etc)  Patter (two vocals), Square Tunes 807
"A2" Series (Review / Good Friends)  (comments)  Patter (two vocals), Square Tunes 805
"A2" Series (Review / You're The Best Break This Old Heart Ever Had)  (comments)  Patter (two vocals), Square Tunes 809
"A2" Series (Scoot Chain Thru, etc)  Patter (two vocals), Square Tunes 804
"A2" Series (Spin The Windmill, etc)  Patter (two vocals), Square Tunes 801
"A2" Series (Swing - Slither, etc)  Patter (two vocals), Square Tunes 808
"A2" Series (Trade Circulate, etc)  Patter (two vocals), Square Tunes 803
Caren  (sample clip)  Patter, Square Tunes 169
Carolyn  (sample clip)  Patter, Square Tunes 163
David  (sample clip)  Patter, Square Tunes 167
Detour  (sample clip)  Patter, Square Tunes 188
Do What You Do Do Well  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Square Tunes 214
Fannye  (sample clip)  Patter, Square Tunes 186
George  (sample clip)  Patter, Square Tunes 182
I Can See The Lovin' In Your Eyes  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Square Tunes 189
Jack's Special  (sample clip)  Patter, Square Tunes 161
Julianne  (sample clip)  Patter, Square Tunes 172
Justin  (sample clip)  Patter, Square Tunes 187
Lisa  (sample clip)  Patter, Square Tunes 176
Lonesome Indian  (sample clip)  Patter, Square Tunes 162
Long Lonesome Highway  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Square Tunes 217
Rose  (sample clip)  Patter, Square Tunes 181
Singing The Blues  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Square Tunes 197
Trail's End  (sample clip)  Patter (two instrumentals), Square Tunes 179
Wiggle Wiggle  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Square Tunes 185

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