Has been calling contra dances all over Texas (and Oklahoma) since 1990.
Current member, North Texas Traditional Dance Society (www.nttds.org) in Dallas, Texas, and served as President from 1994-1996.
Served as a member of the Board of Directors for The Dance Council located in Dallas, Texas from 2002-2003.
Served as Director of Contra Seminars for the 55th National Square & Round Dance Convention in San Antonio, Texas, in 2006.
June 21, 2011, named Honorary Member of the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Conference (RYLA), Rotary District 5790. Named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary Foundation of Rotary International:
"in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of further understanding and friendly relationships among people of the world."
Produced and taught at the monthly English country dances in Dallas.
Served as caller and choreographer for the NTTDS Performance Dancers.
Served as an organizer for the NTTDS Spring Dance & Music Workshop, "When in Doubt, Swing!"
Member of the Winfrey Bells Morris Team.
Enjoys playing tin whistle, spoons, and other percussive instruments (including her Jingling Johnny, Lonzador) whenever there’s an open band playing old time traditional folk tunes.
Interested in the many forms of traditional dance and has an extensive collection of community-style dances for every occasion. Prefers to lead dances that flow smoothly, have a good connection, and tell a story. High energy style, clear teaching technique, infectious enthusiasm, and reputation for calling "theme" dances, can get even the most rank beginner up dancing in time to the music.
A Native Texan, born in Bastrop, Texas. Now retired and living in Central Texas.
How I got involved in dancing and calling?
Around 1990, my best friend invited me to my first contra dance in Dallas. That first dance hooked me. Within a year, I joined the Winfrey Bells Morris dance team and also called my first contra dance ("Newberry Reel").
What is my favorite thing about dancing/teaching in Texas?
There are so many people in so many communities throughout Texas who have never heard of community-style (contra) dancing and I love playing a part in exposing as many people as possible to this kind of dancing. I love watching people "get" the dances, dance to the musical phrase, and enjoy themselves and their friends in ways they never have before.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
"Thank you for being such a wonderful part of the wedding! You did a fantastic job and many people commented on how much fun they had, and how fun you made it for them. You definitely have a gift for what you do!
I do hope we have opportunity to cross paths again!"
— K. Francis, Denton, TX, 04/01/16