60th Calif. State Square Dance Convention, Vision of Square Dance . . . Past, Present and Future

2020 Featured Cuers

Mary Ann Callahan & Craig Cowan
West Sacramento
  TJ & Bruce Chadd
Meridian, Idaho
Mary Ann Callahan & Craig Cowan

In 2019 MaryAnn will complete her 28th year Cueing and Teaching Round Dancing!! Cueing and Instructing Round Dancing in Northern California since 1991, member of ROUNDALAB, ICBDA (formerly URDC), DRDC. MaryAnn has cued for the Oregon Summer SD/RD Festival, Washington State Square and Round Dance Festival, Silver State Square and Round Dance Festival, Bakersfield Fiesta Square and Round Dance Festival, Golden State Roundup Square and Round Dance Festival, Washington State Round Dance Instructors Weekend Festival, National Square and Round Dance Festival, ICBDA/URDC Round Dance Festival, and various Saturday or Friday night venues.

MaryAnn and Craig started dancing as teens in the square dance movement in Fremont CA. Craig took Round Dance lessons with his mom from Clark and Maki Smith. He went into the Coast Guard, where he was hurt on duty and retired from the service. MaryAnn and Craig started teaching classes together in 1991, onward from there. Craig works full time as a Phlebotomist (draws blood) at a hospital in Weaverville CA.

They are active members of NCRDTA (Northern California Round Teachers Association). They have been featured in earlier California State Conventions, Wing Ding, as well as USA West and Oregon’s Premier Diamond Lake Festival and McCloud Dance Country Dance Resort.

  TJ and Bruce Chadd

TJ began Square Dancing in 1975 with a teen group in Boise, then taking her first Round Dance lessons in 1980. TJ danced everywhere she lived, spending time in North Carolina; Okinawa, Japan where she began cueing in 1984, Utah where she continued to cue and taught her first classes, then returning to her hometown of Boise, Idaho in 1991.

Bruce caught the square and round dance bug in 1995 when he attended a Square and Round Dance weekend with his parents. In the Spring of 1996 TJ and Bruce were introduced by mutual friends and they began dancing and teaching together, happily saying “I Do” in April 1999. They continue to teach phases II through V – with their Boise round dance group “Dance With Me Rounds.” They’ve also had the pleasure of teaching at several weekends throughout the United States as well as at ROUNDALAB, USA West and National Conventions. TJ and Bruce’s choreography includes many dances that have been chosen for Rounds of the Month and ROUNDALAB’s Rounds of the Quarter.

They enjoy membership to several dance organizations including ICBDA, ROUNDALAB (where they served on the Board of Directors for 3 years), Boise Valley Square Dance Hall and Intermountain Square and Round Dance Association. Both TJ and Bruce are retired from fulltime employment and just returned to Boise after spending their second winter “Snowbirding” in Mesa, Arizona.

Sharon & Casey Parker
Manteca, California
  Leslie & Bill Rebik
Atascadero, California
Sharon and Casey Parker

Casey and Sharon Parker met at a square dance beginner’s hoe-down in January of 1971. Sharon began cueing and teaching rounds in 1975 while at the same time Casey began calling squares. They have written over 100 dances including "Walkin' & Talkin'", "Come Dance With Me", "Gardenia Tango", and "Donde Estas Yolanda".

Sharon and Casey have been part of the Square and Round Dance movement for 43 years, providing leadership for over 37 of those years, but most importantly, making friends across the country. They enjoy dancing and their enthusiasm is contagious.

Sharon Parker is a retired Music Educator for Modesto City Schools. Casey Parker is a retired IT Security professional for the State of California Their daughter Ashley, is a college graduate with a Vocal Major and started calling in 2010.

  Leslie and Bill Rebik

Leslie and Bill originally met through the Poly Twirlers Square Dance Club while both were students at Cal Poly State University in the 1980’s. Leslie’s dance history included Ballet, Ballroom, Disco, and Country Western, while Bill’s dance background was primarily Square Dance and Country Western. When their paths crossed again in 2003 at a Contra Dance, they discovered a common love of dance – and each other. Married in 2004, Bill and Leslie began dancing together regularly in the Square Dance and Country Western dance communities.

Later that year, a few Cal Poly students asked Leslie to be their advisor in the newly formed Cal Poly Country Line Dance Club. As advisors, Leslie and Bill regularly teach Line Dance, Partner Patterns, and Freestyle Country Two-Step, West Coast Swing, East Coast Swing, and Country Swing. That little club has grown to 100+ members, who now dance with 600+ students every week.

Leslie and Bill have had the pleasure of teaching at local, regional, state, and national Square Dance events. They also share their passion for dance with others by hosting several “Barn Dances” and “Beginner Hoedowns” each year for their church and student communities. And, they can frequently be found at the various Square Dance after parties, encouraging others to get up and try something new!

Leslie is BMI/ASCAP licensed.

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