learned to square dance in 1987 with the Bloomington Swirlers in Bloomington, MN. Wayne Tauer was the caller. I first tried calling in 1991 and it took me until 2007 to call again. In 2009 I got serious about calling so with the help of Mike Driscoll I began the process. I made my professional debut as a caller in September 2009 when I called at the TTT square dance club. In October of 2009 I began teaching my first class of beginners for the Ar-Dales square dance club. Also in October of 2009 I attended and completed the Pride Callers Collage which is held in North Carolina and is taught by Jerry Story, Tony Oxendine, Jon Jones and Deborah Carroll-Jones. In 2010, I called at my first conventions by calling at the Iowa State Convention, the Minnesota State Convention and the NSDC in Louisville, KY. I also attended and completed the GSI Caller’s School in Louisville, KY and in 2013 I attended the North Star Callers school that was held in Mankato, MN and my instructors were Ken Ritucci, Scot Byers and Bear Miller. In 2015 I attended the North Star Callers school with Ken Ritucci and Randy Dougherty. I do try to attend callers schools as often as I can. I am a member of CallerLab, The Minnesota State Square Dance Callers Association (MSDCA), the Iowa State Callers, Cuers and Instructors Association (ISSCIA) and I am a member of Swingmasters which is the Central District Callers Association. My home club is the Sunday Squares and I call for them on the 4th Sunday of the month.
I am on the staff of both Cheyenne Records and Gold Wing Records and I have recorded music for both labels.
I will travel to call square dances. Please contact me about calling for your club or event. I call beginners through the Plus level.
I am the 2017-2019 Vice President of the Square Dance Federation of Minnesota as well as their Webmaster. I am also the 2017-2018 President of Swingmasters.
I hope to see you in a square sometime.