Joe’s introduction to square dance calling came at the early age of eight, when his grandfather assisted him in learning his first few singing calls. Joe has been actively calling and teaching Basic through A-2 since 1971, and recently began calling C-1. He has been a featured caller for many festivals, conventions, and special dances in over 40 states, Canada, Denmark, England, Germany, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand and Sweden. Joe is a member of Callerlab and is BMI/ASCAP licensed. As a recording artist his voice can be heard on the Alliance, Blue Star, Chinook, DJ, Dance Ranch, Hi-Hat, Riverboat, Royal & Silver Sounds labels, as well as many CD’s & cassettes. Joe is also a member of SAG, and choreographed and appeared in a made-for-TV movie, “Blue Skies”.
Joe and his wife Chris married in 1982, and they have led 10 successful tours/cruises to Alaska, the Caribbean, Hawaii and Mexico (Puerto Vallarta & Cancun). Chris held a managerial position for 19 years, and has always supported Joe’s calling career. Their daughter, Tanya, 31 years old, is an accomplished vocalist and has appeared on many of Joe’s CD’s; she is also the proud mother of two-year-old Shania.
In 2001, they relocated from their home on the Northern California coast to south Texas. Joe and Chris spend November-April running a full square dance program, Beginners through C-1, in Pharr/McAllen, TX in the Rio Grande Valley, “The Square Dance Capital of the World.” The remaining months they maintain a smaller program, tour and travel domestically & internationally to call at festivals and special dance events. Joe enjoys what he calls his vocation and avocation, and feels fortunate to be part of this great activity.
For more info on Joe, including itinerary, schedule, etc, please go to: http://www.joesaltel.com/
Calling thru Plus
Calling thru Plus, Part Time
Callingthru Plus, One Nighters
Call thru A2, HD, CDP, Line, 2-Step, DJ, Full Time, Travel