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Jay Gees Bunbury

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Contact: Jeffrey Garbutt Other 119 Mangles Street Bunbury WA 6230 Australia Home Phone: 0897258432 Website: Jay Gees Bunbury
Biography

Hello, my name is Jeffrey Garbutt from Western Australia. I am a square dance caller for “Jay Gees”. Jay Gees started in 2003 formed from the dancers from the previous clubs of “Circle-C” and “Ross’s Sou-Westers”. Of course the “Jay Gees” is based on my initials and represents the old saying that if one really believes in a service or product – they should put their own name on that service or product. We do things a little differently to other clubs in Western Australia.

For instance:

We start dancing first, then collect the nightly fees. I reckon that dancers have come to dance, so why make them wait? The want to start immediately and they deserve a small sample of what the rest of the night will be like.

We do two number brackets instead of three. And we always have. I reckon that dancers are not really after a marathon, two numbers is enough, and we can always add extra brackets when needed.

We do make mistakes, but no matter who caused the mistake, it was always the caller’s fault for the mistake. Even if a dancer actually made the mistake, it was still ultimately caused by the caller. It was probably caused by a less than ideal delivery of the call, or bad training years ago or something like that – so it was the callers fault really.

We have a rowdy atmosphere. If dancers are having fun, why not let them express that fun.

We also do “square dancer contras” and the occasional line dance for diversity value.

We take new dancers all year around. Why wait for formal classes? We are doing “Square Dancing” not “Lessons in how to Square Dance”. It is not hard to fast track one or two extra people any time of the year. I have found this way works easier in a regional area than trying to recruit big numbers once a year.

We have a supper break at the end, to help dancers wind down. But we also encourage dancers to have a tea, coffee or drink of water during the night to keep refreshed.

Our raffle prize is simple, half the take of a night goes back as the raffle prize – this means that the raffle prize is bigger as more tickets are sold. The other half get’s saved for an end of year function for the dancers. So the dancers win in two possible ways. I believe it is OK for a caller run club to take the net proceeds of the door take, but not the net proceeds of the raffle take – the raffle take should go back to the dancers – either on the night or at a free function at the end of the year.

The last bracket is a request bracket – and the winners of the door and raffle prizes choose their request from a list of tunes stuck up on the back wall.

Technically it is a caller run club – but the dancers seem to make the decisions anyway. Example in 2014 the dancers organised for the club badge to be re-designed.

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Annie E Marrs

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Cuer Lines with Annie Website: Lines With Annie

Miriam Merriwether

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Square Dance Caller Sand Spurs Dance Club Other PASARDA Hall 17 Industrial Street Fort Walton Beach FL 32548 USA Cell Phone: 8509740091 Website: Sand Spurs Dance Club
Biography
Miriam Merriwether, caller, cuer, line dance leader, and instructor for the Sand Spurs Dance Club, has been singing since she was 4 years old.  Coming from a musically gifted family, Miriam found her niche in music with her beautiful voice.  While growing up in Fort Walton Beach she was onstage in several musicals at Choctawhatchee High School.  While in school she began her formal vocal training, studying with Rebecca Richardson of Fort Walton Beach.  Miriam was accepted into and received a scholarship for the music program at Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Florida.  Prior to entering the music program at JU she studied at the University of Sienna in Italy.
While studying in Italy, Miriam was honored to be the youngest singer chosen to perform an aria from the opera La Boheme and to sing Mozart’s “Exsultate, Jubilate”, a nearly 15 minute work for coloratura soprano.  The experience was topped off by a vocal tour throughout Italy and Switzerland, all before her 18th birthday!  Miriam returned to the United States, and although she was courted by a vocal professor from the University of New Mexico she decided to continue her opera and vocal performance studies in Jacksonville.  She held the lead role in the musical Roberta in her first year at JU, and appeared as a contestant in the Stephen Foster Jeanie Ball & Auditions.  Miriam went on to become church soloist for several churches in Jacksonville and later travelled as a music evangelist throughout the southeast.  
Miriam appeared in numerous award winning shows with Stage Crafters Community Theater, in Fort Walton Beach.  She also performed onstage as guest soloist with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and later had roles in “The Baker’s Wife” and in Steven Sondheim’s “Into the Woods” at Northwest Florida State College.  Miriam honed her skills in community theater by not only performing onstage but by working in almost every job behind the scenes, including set construction, set design, costume design, lighting, assistant stage manager, stage manager, producer, choreographer, vocal director, music director, assistant director, and finally director.  It was an honor for Miriam to assist local talent, Jim Lee, in scoring his musical, “Redneck Riviera” for voice and instruments, as well as being selected for the lead female role.
Miriam has been a vocal coach for over 25 years, teaching students from all walks of life.  She has helped people who were told they were tone deaf learn to sing, and has prepared students for pageants, talent contests, and auditions.
Miriam first began square dancing and clogging as a teenager.  Although, at first, she felt she wasn’t very good at dancing, she enjoyed square dancing so much she never forgot it.  Because of her love for square dancing, as an adult she began square dance calling.  To improve her skills she attended Callers’ College and callers’ seminars and continues to do so.  She has set a personal goal to tell everyone she meets about square dance.  Her love for dance has grown into teaching line dancing and cued ballroom dancing.  Listening to feedback from others, she recognizes the need for less stressful learning and dancing.  She has a strong desire to bring out the fun in the dance.  As a result, she gets new dancers dancing right away and recognizes the need for repetition in the steps so that dancers can grow “muscle memory”.  She likes to make every dance a party!

Middletown Ramblers

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Contact: Lawrence Sherwood Home Middletown Senior Senior Center (Croydon Hall) 900 Leonardville Rd (rear of complex) Leonardo NJ 07737 USA Home Phone: 732-495-0358 Website: Middletown Ramblers
Biography

The Middletown Ramblers, founded in 1970, teaches and promotes Western style square dancing in Monmouth County, NJ. We dance at Plus level every Friday night and conduct classes on Tuesdays from September thru Mid-June. Classes are sponsored by Monmouth County Parks System. Couples and singles are both welcome.

We feel new dancers and students are the life blood of a square dance club. Every effort is made to accommodate these people and make them both welcome and comfortable. We do this by having class level dances and modified Plus dances during the summer. These summer dances include workshops, reviews and caller-led instruction on calls missed during the regular Tuesday instructions.

We Have Hearing-Enhancement Equipment

Motiveters Advanced Square Dancing

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Contact: Maarten Weijers Home Edisonstraat 1 Kudelstaart 1433 KE Netherlands Other Sportcentrum “het Spant” Larikslaan 20 Leimuiden 2451 BV Netherlands

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Rainbow Squares

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Contact: Oren Gaskill Home 6958 Hannegan Rd Lynden WA 98264 U. S. Home 425 Chuckanut Dr N Sp 20 Bellingham WA 98229 U. S. Home Phone: 360-733-4487
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We are a friendly, Mainstream family Club.

River City Ramblers

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Web master Contact: Dan Dozier Home 613 Biddle Ct Evansville Indiana 47712 United States Cell Phone: 8125507965 Website: Southern Indiana Square Dancing And Lessons
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We are with Southern Indiana Square Dance Council which includes three clubs.

1. River City Ramblers

2. Warrick Promenaders

3. Mt. Carmel Promenaders

Click here for our dance schedules

River Reelers

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Home 215 W 100 S Rupert ID 83347 USA Home Phone: 208-438-5456

Riverside Squares

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Contact: Linda Caron Home PO Box 382 Danvers MA 01923 USA Home Phone: 978-232-3559 Website: Riverside Squares, Inc.

Suptei Suptei Rogers

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Square Dance Caller/Instructor Home 1249 Kildaire Farm Road #115 Cary North Carolina 27511 United States Cell Phone: (919) 633-8823 Website: Circle Left Productions
Biography

Calling since 1973.  Member of the Connecticut Caller’s Association and the

North Carolina Callers Association.

Currently living outside of Raleigh, NC.

Doing parties and dances from beginner’s thru plus.

Howard Rowan

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Club Director Mineola Railers SDC Other 2015 East HWY 80 Mineola Texas 75773 Cell Phone: 903-312-3713 Website: http://www.MineolaRailers.com
Biography

We dance every Monday Night. Tim Tyl club caller

6:30pm – 8:30pm  Learn To Dance Program

7:30pm – 9:30pm  Club Dance

Mainstream Club

$5/person Donation at Door

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Larry Sherwood

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Instructor Middletown Ramblers Home Middletown Senior Senior Center (Croydon Hall) 900 Leonardville Rd (rear of complex) Leonardo NJ – New Jersey 07737 USA Home Phone: 732-495-0358 Website: Middletown Ramblers
Biography

The Middletown Ramblers, founded in 1970, teaches and promotes Western style square dancing in Middletown, NJ. We dance at Plus level every Friday night and conduct classes on Tuesdays from September thru Mid-June. Couples and singles are both welcome.

We feel new dancers and students are the life blood of a square dance club. Every effort is made to accommodate these people and make them both welcome and comfortable. We do this by having class level dances and modified Plus dances during the summer. These summer dances include workshops, reviews and caller-led instruction on calls missed during the regular Tuesday instructions.

Southern Lights Square and Round Dance Club

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Other 310 Lily Pond DR Hendersonville NC 28739 USA

Squarecompany Düsseldorf

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Contact: Stefan Xakoustos Website: Squarecompany Düsseldorf

Swan Valley Squares (Inc)

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Contact: Greg Fawell Home Woodlake Community Hall 2 Highpoint Blvd Ellenbrook WA 6069 Australia Home Phone: +61417912241 Website: Swan Valley Squares Website
Biography

Swan Valley Squares is Western Australia’s newest Square Dance Club. We opened on 1st March 2013 with a small but happy band and have grown to a membership of nearly 40 members since. We dance every Friday night at the Woodlake Community Hall in Ellenbrook commencing at 8.00 pm. Everyone is welcome to join with us and we encourage West Coast Dancers to attend at any stage regardless of their experience. We believe in having fun and laughter and making our dance nights full of social contact, an important part of square dancing. We also include a bracket of line dancing in our nights cued by the very expert Jan Darr ably assisted by Les Burrows. Give us a call and join us soon.

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The Rebels SDC

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Square Dance Club Contact: Phil Alton Cell Phone: 978-846-4875

The Woodlands Stars

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Web Master Contact: Stephen Chauvin Home Phone: 832-928-6365 Home Phone: 936.788.4636 Home Phone: 281.886.7506 Website: The Woodlands Stars

Twirl_A-Rounds

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Contact: Tony Ahart Home 301 E. Talmage Springfield Missouri 65803 Home Phone: 417-425-1833

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Mr. Ervin H. Wyatt

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Square Dance Caller/Instructor Callerlab, Colorado West Caller & Cuer Assoc.Caller, Instructor, Home 1288 Haystack RD. Montrose Co 81401 USA Home Phone: 970-596-4252 Anniversary: July 19, 1993 Birthday: December 26, 1961 Website: Ervin Wyatt Square Dance Caller
Biography

Ervin Wyatt has been calling since 2005, based in Montrose, and Gunnison, Colorado. He, and his wife Nancy Ann, meet and got married at the Square Dance Hall in Colorado Springs.  Ervin calls for the Gunnison Gorge Dancers and guest calls around Colorado and surrounding States.

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