I started dancing in 1975 in a teen club where I met my future wife
Debbie. We started dancing advanced level in 1977 (while we were in high
school). A year later we started learning challenge and I developed an interest
in calling. I occasionally walked our tape group through some material that I had written.
Later I tried 'calling' the material accompanied by taped music. After that, I purchased a
Hilton sound system and microphone
and jumped into learning how to call.
I started calling in November 1981 (at the challenge level). I
currently call at levels Basic through C4. I have taught classes at
all levels from Basic through C3B.
I am a self-taught caller and have never attended a caller's school
as a student (whether this is good or bad is debatable).
However, I have taken about six months of weekly voice lessons, and have
learned calling skills from observing other callers and listening
to criticism and comments made by callers and dancers.
I have called in 31 states and 8 countries (other than USA).
I've called at the National Square Dance Convention in
Birmingham (1985), Houston (1987), Anaheim (1988), Anaheim (2001), and Long Beach (2009).