We are proud to present our star-studded line-up of staff callers for Squeeze The Hive, the 31st Annual International Association of Gay Square Dance Clubs (IAGSDC) Convention.
There is an unwritten rule that Anne MUST be on the calling staff for IAGSDC Conventions - she puts the "G" back in IAGSDC!
Barely out of kindergarden herself, Anne started calling in 1976 for a children's group and progressed to calling for all dancing levels from Basic to C-4. Anne is the club caller for Squares Across the Border. She also maintains a busy traveling schedule on the weekends that may find her calling anywhere from Vancouver to Florida, Boston to San Francisco and internationally from Japan to Europe. As well as being a shining star at IAGSDC Conventions, she has called for the Canadian Challenge Convention, the National Challenge Convention, and the Academy of Advanced and Challenge Enthusiasts.
Ett McAtee is affectionately known as "Just Ett, Hon!" to many who know her, and as "Ettila the Hon!" to her new Plus, Advanced and Challenge graduates. Ett is another favorite of the IAGSDC convention crowd and she was honored to receive the Golden Boot Award in 2004. She started square dancing on January 13, 1987 and first picked up the microphone to call in the summer of 1989. Ett has several of her own clubs, including Ettseteras, the Offsets, and Fifth Wheelers which she runs with her partner Linda Kendall. Ett has called in Canada, Sweden, Germany and Mexico, and calls various weekends around the country every year. Washington DC's association of callers (NCASDLA), and Callerlab. She served as the President of the Gay Callers’ Association in its formative years in the early ‘90s. When Ett says, "Square up!" she means it! It is her pleasure to call for you at the "Squeeze the Hive" convention! Parlez vous square dance??
Gary began calling in 1984 at age 19 in Asheville, NC. His parents started dancing in 1981 and he tagged along occasionally. One night at a PLUS dance they needed one “boy” dancer to fill a square. After the 3rd tip, he realized he had been paying attention during his parent’s classes and workshops and knew all the calls except linear cycle. He taught his first mainstream class in 1984 and fell in love with teaching and calling, having attended a caller’s school at Copecrest Square Dance resort that year. He and his partner Ben moved to Seattle, WA in October, 2011, and they are both members of Puddletown Squares. Gary is now enjoying calling for several of the clubs in the Pacific Northwest. He has called for a number of IAGSDC affiliated clubs over the years, as well as special monthly dances, fly-ins and the 2011 IAGSDC convention in Atlanta and 2012 convention in Vancouver. He is looking forward to calling for the 2014 IAGSDC convention in Salt Lake City, UT.
Vic started dancing in 1973 in a teen club where he met his wife Debbie. (Debbie is famous for her own appearances at IAGSDC conventions, especially her entry for the HTQ competition). Vic and Debbie have made calling a family affair, and his lovely daughter will often be seen in attendance at our conventions with her parents.
Vic is a long-time favorite at GLBT fly-ins around the country (especially in Palm Springs), as well as numerous IAGSDC conventions. He is a self-taught caller and has never attended a caller's school. He has called in 20 states, 7 countries (other than the USA), and at the straight National Square Dance Conventions in Birmingham (1985), Houston (1987), and Anaheim (1988). Vic is currently a permanent staff caller at the National Advanced & Challenge Square Dance Convention.
Debbie and Vic are the authors of "A Ceder Chest Of C3 Square Dance Definitions", "A Ceder Chest Of C1 And C2 Square Dance Definitions", and "A Ceder Chest of A1 & A2 Square Dance Definitions. " He has written several widely-used square dance related computer programs, notably the Ceder Square Dance System and the Couple Rotation Program. Member of the Gay Callers Association.
Anne's 'twin' is "the one with the low voice". Saundra (or Sandie, as she is affectionately called) has been behind the microphone since 1979, but her introduction to square dancing came almost twenty years earlier. Sandie's accomplishments are on-going. She is on the staff of AACE (Academy for Advanced and Challenge Enthusiasts) and various festivals. Sandie lives in the Chicago area and calls dance programs from Mainstream through C-4. She is the club caller for ChiTown Squares, and has been a regular caller at IAGSDC conventions and GLBT fly-ins. Sandie is a member of Callerlab, and has called at events across the USA as well as in Canada, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Mexico, and Sweden.
Randy has enjoyed the wonderful world of square dancing for almost 50 years. From 1979 to 1986, he called on a regular basis for seven home clubs in the Twin Cities area, and broadened his traveling circuit to include much of the United States and many foreign countries. In 1986, Randy left Minnesota for the warmer climate of Arizona where he ran a busy dance program in Mesa during the winter season. In 2009 Randy moved his winter program to Pharr, TX where he calls all levels from Beginners through C3A for the many friendly Winter Texans that flock to the Square Dance Capital of the World. Throughout his career, Randy has recorded hits for many record companies and is currently on the very popular Royal Records label. To date he has attended, and called for, nearly 40 straight National Conventions.
Bill Haynes was born in Texas and moved to New Mexico in 1957. He started dancing in 1959, and began calling in 1961. Ever since Bill has been pursuing square dance calling and promotion of the activity. In 1971 he returned to Las Cruces, New Mexico to continue both his teaching and calling careers; his calling ranged from Basic through C-3B. Bill has been the featured caller at many festivals in the United States and has an especially good following in the Southwestern states - Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, California, and Arizona. In 1984 Bill moved to Mesa, AZ where he is a full-time caller. In the summer months he calls at the Vallecito Resort in Durango, Colorado. Bill is a member of both the American Callers Association and Callerlab.
Eric has been teaching and calling Modern Western 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. He serves on the Board of Governors of Callerlab and is the Vice Chair of the Plus Committee. Eric travels throughout the western United States, calling for open dances, festivals, 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 Western Square Dance. Member of the Gay Callers Association.
Tom lives with his two daughters in a small community in western Pennsylvania. He is a full time modern western square dance caller who has turned his favorite hobby into a full-time operation. Tom calls Mainstream through C-1. He is regularly featured at major dance events across the country, and has traveled throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. He works locally calling for the Killbuck Squares of Patton, an A-2/C-1 club in State College, Thinking Caps DBD group in Altoona and T Squares in his home town of Chest Springs. Tom has recorded for Lou Mac Records, Kalox Records, Eureka Records, Hi Hat records, and is currently recording with ESP records. He is a member of the Appalachian Callers Association of Western Pennsylvania. He is a member of CALLERLAB and serves on the Board of Governors.