John Sloper bio/information 

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.

After 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 new caller school I attended was with the late Bill Peters in 1975 and called for a few years before taking an extended "hiatus".

Returning 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 caller for several clubs in Arizona.  I also do one night party dances when available.  (Check out  profies on both The Bash and GigSalad booking sites)

I am  an advocate of "fun" being the mainstay of square dancing and looks to bring that to any dance event he calls.  As schedule allows, he 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 Records....  the most recent recording is "I'll Be Seeing You"  (based on a Tommy Dorsey/Frank Sinatra recording)..

John's schedule -    calendar link

John's Regular dances -

Wednesday Nights  - Mesa Checkmates                                                                      
Crescent Run Ballroom                                                                                                                      

8500 E. Southern Avenue  (between Ellsworth and Sossaman)                                                        
Mesa, AZ
7 to 9 PM  (pre-rounds at 6:30 -   rounds between tips)   
More info at :

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)

contact info:

Cell -   602-614-8631
e-mail -

         CALLERLAB Member

Here are some videos of John calling:   

Singing call -  "Let's Get Away From It All"  =  RIVCO 2017  
Singing call  - "Play That Funky Music" -  National Square Dance Convention - June 2016                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Singing call -  "Edge of Glory" -  Yuma Festival - 2016                                                                                              

Some square dance links:

CALLERLAB -  International Association of Square Dance Callers.  Lots and lots of information...                                                                                                                                                                       

You 2 Can Dance -  
America's best resource for recreational Dance  

Where's the Dance?  -  locate dances in your area.   Global directory (not complete as many clubs not listed)   
Square Dance Fun -  growing listing of dances and classes

Grand Canyon Square Dance Association - source for dances and classes in Arizona

 Mesa Checkmates -  Local Square Dance club in Mesa, AZ
Ceder Net  - good resources for callers, dancers and anyone else interested in Square Dancing!

Page last updated:
August 9, 2023

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