Ray Brendzy, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Calling Basic thru C3B. Ray and Christine were born and raised in the Vancouver area, have two children, and currently reside in Burnaby. They both started dancing at a young age and were members of a teen club where, as time went on, they won many prizes at the teen festival; and helped out as the caller, with the running of the club, and designing and sewing festival costumes, to name a few of their accomplishments. Ray called his first full dance at the age of thirteen and by sixteen was a caller for a youth square dance club (before he could even drive). He also won the senior calling level at the Pacific Northwest Teen Square Dance Festival for four consecutive years.
Ray called and taught for many years for the Wesburn Wranglers where he helped callers and round dancers, coached squares, wrote exhibitions, judged at teen festivals, wrote and called mysteries; and performed at demonstrations and parades, and recruited new dancers. He coached many top level callers, including Steve Edlund, Brent Mawdsley, Chris Knowles, Bryan Clark and Alison Hampton. Ray has promoted the teen festival to interested callers throughout North America.
He was encouraged to learn advanced and challenge dancing to fulfill a need in the community. Since 1986 he has called and taught Advanced at Chuckwagon 8's, Stardowners, and Motiv8tors, and also calls and teaches a C level group.
For many years he has donated his time for the Toys for Tots Dance which collected many toys and several thousand dollars for the Burnaby Christmas Bureau for the underprivileged children of Burnaby.
Currently Ray is calling for five clubs in the Lower Mainland, namely, Chuckwagon 8's, Stardowners, Motiv8ers, Ray C Ones, and Wesburn Wranglers.
Listen to his MP3 sound bite of "Sail Away" (MP3 2038 KB).
Bobby Poyner, Joliet, Illinois
Bobby is a Square Dance Caller from Joliet, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. His roots have been anchored deep in the square dance community since 1970, learning to dance in September of 1978 and becoming a Caller in June of 1982.
He calls from Beginners thru A2; Full-time, Traveling, and One Night Stands.
Bobby has been to many places in this country and overseas all from square dance calling. It is one of the best jobs anyone could have and he is glad that he decided to give it a try 25 years ago.
“I have said this many times before and I will say it again, I could not imagine my life without square dancing. I was born into this activity, my children will now be born into it and I will be in this activity for as long as it lets me.”
Listen to his MP3 sound bite of "Cracklin Rosie" (MP3 2756 KB).
Charlie Robertson, San Gabriel, Cal;ifornia
Charlie began his calling career at the ripe old age of 12 in Southern California. He mentioned to his mother that he wanted to learn how to call. Charlie's mom contacted a local square dance caller and arranged lessons. Square dancing and square dance calling soon became a huge part of Charlie's life.
Over the last 30 years Charlie has been privileged to travel the world calling dances. Charlie enjoys calling all levels from Basic through C1. He is known for his energetic style and creative choreography.
Charlie has been a featured recording artist on several square dance record labels, for Lou-Mac Records, he recorded several songs that he is very proud of including the first and only true “Square Dance Rap” song. In 2008, Charlie realized a dream by Joining several life long friends and becoming an owner and producer for Finetune and Goldwing Records.
In 2004 Charlie signed a recording contract with KMA Records in Nashville and completed his first CD. The CD includes all original country songs and is available at: www.charlierobertson.com or by contacting Charlie at firstname.lastname@example.org
Listen to his MP3 sound bite of "Wave-On-Wave" (MP3 2716 KB).
Matt Worley, Virginia Beach, Virginia
Matt made his calling debut at five years old when he climbed on a chair and performed his first singing call. Today (and we're not saying how many decades later), Matt's widespread appeal can be attributed to his distinctive styling and innovative choreography, as well as his rather offbeat sense of humor.
Matt has recorded for Crown Records since 1989 with Matt releasing many Top 10 hits, including Hit Me With Your Best Shot, Waiting All Week, and Jailhouse Rock. Crown received the 2013 Ozzie Award for "Best Gospel Singing Call" for Amazing Grace recorded by Matt Worley and Elbert Harrison (MP3 910 KB).
Other calling credentials include: Carnival Cruise Lines (Mexican Riviera and Western Caribbean); Anniversary dances for Hamamatsu Squares, and Chiba New Town Squares in Japan; Sweetheart Weekend staff caller since 1990 (Virginia Beach Oceanfront); Beach Bash staff caller (Nags Head, NC); Autumn Leaves Weekend in Gaithersburg, TN; Lehigh Valley B&Bs (Bachelors & Bachelorettes) Singles Weekend, Poconos, PA; Featured caller at the National Singles Convention, Valley Forge, PA, Richmond, VA, Davenport, Iowa, and Washington DC; Washington State Convention in Ocean Shores; Labor Day Jamboree in Oxnard, CA; Golden State Round Up in San Ramon, CA; Swing Into Spring Prescott, Ontario, Canada; Caller at 26 National Square Dance Conventions (Matt was privileged to call and sing background bass vocals with the Ghost Riders band).
Listen to his MP3 sound bite of "Oh Susana" (MP3 1627 KB).
MaryAnn Callahan and Craig Cowan, West Sacramento, California
Craig & MaryAnn started teaching round dancing together in 1991, in Mountain View, CA.
Craig is a 3rd generation square & round dancer. Starting out dancing as a teenager in Fremont, California, Craig starting round dancing at Phase 3 and fast tracking to Phase 5 with Clark & Maxine Smith. After moving to Seattle, Washington, Craig joined the teacher's association in Seattle and started working with Doug & Janet Seavy who were instrumental in training youth dancers for competition and exhibitions.
MaryAnn got involved in Square & Round Dancing & Clogging as a teenager with Teasin' Teens in Medford, Oregon under Denny Lantz & Randy Dibble. Upon moving to Northern California, MaryAnn partnered with Craig Cowan for 10 years, where they started teaching Round Dancing in Mt View, California. After Craig moved to Seattle, MaryAnn danced & choreographed several routines with Milo Molitoris, then with Brian Wyatt. Craig continued to be an active participant in round dancing in Seattle or Sandpoint.
Based in Northern California, MaryAnn cues & teaches Phase 2 through 6; currently teaching a Phase 3–4 Transition class where students concentrate on proper dance position, figures & execution of figures, and lead/follow in the different rhythms, a Phase 4–5 and a Phase 4–6 Carousel Club #325 called Moonlight Dancers, that she and Craig had originally started.
MaryAnn still square dances through Advanced A-2 and both Craig & MaryAnn enjoy dancing as much as possible. MaryAnn has taught and or cued at several Annual California State Festivals such as; the Bakersfield Fiesta, Golden State Round-Up. the San Diego Round Dance Instructors Weekend as well as at ICBDA conventions (formerly URDC) in; Joplin, MO, Winston-Salem, NC, San Jose, CA, and San Antonio, TX and Silver State Square & Round Dance Festival, Reno NV, and the Washington State Square & Round Dance Festival.
MaryAnn & Craig have refreshed their partnership & they are scheduled in the near future at the North State Square & Round Dance Festival Redding CA, Silver State Square & Round Dance Festival Reno NV, the Jubilee Square & Round Dance Festival San Jose, CA and Summer Sensation Festival Prineville, OR. They are also privileged to be working with Daryl Lipscomb at McCloud Dance County's A2 week.
They are members of ROUNDALAB, Northern California Round Dance Teacher's Association (NCRDTA); Dixie Round Dance Council (DRDC), Callers & Cuers Association of Modesto Area (CAMA), and International Choreographed Ballroom Dance Association (ICBDA, formerly URDC); where MaryAnn was part of the Technical Advisory Committee for figure development.
Choreography: most recently Campfire 3 (Phase 3 Waltz), I'm Yours (Phase 2 Two Step), Campfire (Phase 5 Waltz), Culpame Dela BossaNova (Phase 3 Mambo), Still Me (Phase 4 Waltz), Killing Time (Phase 2 Two Step), Waltz In Love Tonight (Phase 2 Waltz). Boardwalk Cha Cha (Phase 3 Cha), Siendo Mia (Phase 5 Rumba). I Need You (Phase 6 Foxtrot). For a complete list, and cue sheets, check out: www.mixed-up.com/moonlight.