Calling thru Plus, CDP, Contras
B-A2, Lines, CW, CLab Accredited Caller Coach
Calling thru Plus
Jim was born and raised in the Kansas City area and started square and round dancing in 1958 at the tender age of 12. His parents had been square dancers for years so this was a natural progression. Jim was a charter member of the Flying Saucers Youth Square and Round Dance Exhibition Club which was started and run for many years by Frank and Iris Gilbert. A number of people that still square dance today got their start in the Flying Saucers. During this time, Jim was also a member of the Frontier Twirlers youth square dance club. This was so long ago that there was no such thing as mainstream, plus, A, etc. levels. It was all just square and couple (or round) dancing. This is also the time when all round dancing was learned (memorized) and not cued.
Jim did not dance for many years. During that time he was in high school, college, and twenty years traveling the world in the US Army in support of his Country. After retiring from the Army he moved back to the Kansas City area.
In the spring of 2006 we had the first Flying Saucer’s reunion. We had such a good time that several ex-Saucers decided to get back into square dancing. Jim, along with several others, took mainstream lessons during the summer and fall of 2006 from Mike Kelly (also an ex-Saucer). This re-started a whole new life in square dancing.
Jim started calling in January of 2011 when Fred Goucher invited him to assist in teaching Mainstream square dance lessons. Jim became a member of CALLERLAB in June of 2011 and also attended his first callers’ school in that month. His caller coaches for that school were Jerry Junck, Tim Marriner, and Paul Hensey. Jim called his first partial dance in July of 2011 after Fred Goucher invited Jim to be the co-caller of the K.C. Whirl-Aways.
Jim attended his first CALLERLAB convention in March 2012. In July 2012, he attended the Jubilee Callers School. His caller coaches for that school were Wade Driver and Ken Ritucci.
In June 2013 Jim attended the GSI callers school in Oklahoma City. His caller coaches for that school were Jerry Story, Tony Oxendine, Walt Burr, and Bear Miller.
Jim was the co-caller for the Crazy Eights (http://www.crazy-eights.org), along with Fred Goucher since that club’s inception in September 2012. Fred Goucher retired from calling at the end of March 2014. Since that time, Jim has been the caller for The Crazy Eights, which closed its doors on January 1, 2016.
Jim enjoys teaching Basic and Mainstream lessons, Western parties, square dance demonstrations and calling at many different types of event.
From 2011 to date, Jim also helped form the Fit and Fun Square Dance Association. You can find more information on this at http://www.fitandfunsda.org. He has also served as the Editor of The Teacup Chain newsletter and the Webmaster for the Fit and Fun website.
Jim has really enjoyed his return to square dancing. In addition to the fun of square dancing itself, it is meeting and making new friends with all of the other square dancers that has the most appeal. See you around in a square.
Jim Wright is ACAP/BMI Licensed to perform copyrighted music.
Proud member of:
KAMO Callers & Cuers Association
KSDCA (Kansas Square Dance Callers Association)
NEKSDCA (Northeast Kansas Square Dance Callers Association)
Heart of America Callers Association
Fit and Fun Square Dance Association
Kansas Square Dance Association
Missouri Federation of Square & Round Dance Clubs
Heart of America Federation of Square Dance Clubs