I started dancing in the early 70's
when his parents started a class and
his little sister didn't have a partner. I went to thefirst
lesson - somewhat dragged - but was hooked almost immediately, and
couldn't wait for the next week's lessons.
dancing in a teen club (Krazy 8's) in San Francisco under the late Dave
Stevens,I got to opportunity to try my hand at singing calls and
was soon hooked on this part of the activty. The first
caller school I attended was with the late Bill Peters in 1975 and
called for a few
years before taking an extended "hiatus".
to dancing in 2012 and calling in 2013, I call beginners through
Plus level . I have had a regular Thursday workshop, which will
likely transition to a new dancer class in the Fall and is a guest
clubs in Arizona. I also do one night party dances when
available. (Check out profies on both The Bash and GigSalad
I am an advocate of "fun" being the mainstay of square dancing
to bring that to any dance event he calls. As schedule
is availble in the greater Phoenix area, and possibly beyond...
I am a member of CALLERLAB, and is BMI/ASCAP licensed.
I have alsoo recorded a few songs for Gold Wing/Fine Tune
the most recent recording is "I'll Be Seeing You"
(based on a Tommy Dorsey/Frank Sinatra recording)..
John's schedule -
John's Regular dances -
Wednesday Nights - Mesa
8500 E. Southern Avenue (between
7 to 9 PM (pre-rounds at 6:30 - rounds between tips)
More info at : www.mesacheckmates.com
Thursday nights.... stay tuned, we should have a location for the
Thursday workshop soon (but that will likely change to a new dancer
class iin October)
Here are some
videos of John calling:
call - "Let's Get Away From It All" =
call - "Play That Funky Music" - National Square
Dance Convention - June 2016
call - "Edge of Glory" - Yuma Festival - 2016
square dance links:
- International Association of Square Dance Callers.
Lots and lots of information...
Can Dance - America's
best resource for recreational Dance
the Dance? -
locate dances in your area.
directory (not complete as many clubs not listed)
Dance Fun - growing listing of dances and classes
Grand Canyon Square
Association - source for dances and
classes in Arizona
- Local Square Dance club in Mesa, AZ
resources for callers, dancers and anyone else interested in Square
August 9, 2023