Wade Driver, Spring, Texas
In 1957, Wade Driver learned to Square Dance from his father. Doc Driver in Atlanta, Georgia, where he was born. It was then that he performed his first singing call and has been calling ever since.
From 1957 until 1966, Wade attended and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis and served his time as an officer in the Navy. Upon discharge from the Navy, he began to pursue a civilian career while continuing his education at Georgia Tech University in Atlanta.
In 1975, after moving to Houston, Texas, Wade quit his regular job to pursue Square Dance calling as a full time profession. In December of 1975, he produced the first records on the "Rhythm" label.
Since 1975, Wade has made Rhythm Records one of the top Square Dance labels in the world. He personally has recorded such hits as "Some Broken Hearts Never Mend", "Boogie Grass Band", "Dream Lover", "New Attitude", and many others. The success of the label is due primarily to Wade's management and musical skills.
Wade and his wife, Helene, live in Spring, Texas. In addition to calling at home, he travels all over the world calling various Specials, State Conventions, Square Dance Resorts, and other Festivals. He has called in almost every state in the union as well as Japan, China, Australia, New Zealand, England, Germany, Sweden, Austria and Canada.
In addition to his Calling career, Wade is a realtor with First Millennium Realty. This allows him the freedom to cut back on his traveling, but still call as often as he likes. Helene is from Vasteras, Sweden and is a registered nurse specializing in orthopedics.
Wade has three children, two step children, and four grand children.
Wade has been a member of CALLERLAB since 1975 and is a member of the Board of Governors and the Executive Committee. He is a recipient of the CALLERLAB Milestone Award. He is Chairman of the Music Producers committee, currently and for 2014, as well President of the Houston Callers Association and on the Executive Board of the Texas State Callers Association.
Wade says, "Those of us who have made our living as Square Dance Callers owe it to the activity to put back into the activity as least as much as we have taken out. Square Dancing is a fun recreation. Callers should make sure that it always stays that way".
Eric Henerlau, Corte Madera, California
Eric Henerlau has been teaching and calling Modern Square Dancing since 1980. Eric has taught thousands of people how to square dance through classes and individual party dance events. He is an accomplished caller at all levels from beginners through C1. Eric also cues Phase II level Square Dance rounds.
Eric serves on the Board of Governors of Callerlab and is the Vice Chair of the Plus Committee.
Eric travels throughout the United States, calling for open dances, festivals, one night stands, mixers, line dances, country western Two-Steps, and private parties. He has created and led programs in schools for 4th graders, 6th graders and high school sophomores, teaching hundreds of students each year the basics of Modern Square Dancing.
A wide variety of music and unusual choreography are cornerstones of his program. Eric currently calls for a Plus level club and an Advanced group in the San Francisco Bay Area: the Tam Twirlers in San Rafael, and the Outlaws in San Jose. He has taught classes from beginners through C2, and is an accomplished caller through C1.
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.”
Rey and Sherri Garza, San Diego, CA
Rey Garza has over 28 years of choreographed ballroom dance teaching experience. He is an internationally known cuer who introduced Bachata to the round dance community. Rey has choreographed many dances and teaches at all levels. Sherry Garza has over 20 years of ballet, tap and jazz experience. She quickly excelled in ballroom dance with her dance background. Sherry also choreographs dances and assists in teaching at all levels.
In addition to current teaching and dance events, Rey and Sherry are available for private lessons and parties in social dancing, Round Dance, and Square and Round Dance Festivals. Please contact Rey or Sherry Garza at (760) 458-6418 or e-mail email@example.com
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