Entertainers
Caller and Cuer Biographies

Caller Photo Janice Alexander [VIC-SDC]

Biography to come.

Caller Photo Paula Armstrong [QLD-RDC]

Biography to come.

Caller Photo Warwick Armstrong [QLD-RDC]

Biography to come.

Caller Photo DI ASHTON [TAS-SDC, RDC]

I've been calling and cueing for almost 20 years and have attended every National in that time. I am on a number of committees which enables me to be involved in all facets of our activity. I enjoy teaching Basic and Mainstream, and more recently, Round Dancing as well.

I'd love to see Square and Round Dancing prosper in Australia and am active in their promotion.

Caller Photo RAYMOND BATES [ACT-SDC]

I started to learn to Square Dance in 1993 after being convinced by family that it was a great activity. They were definitely right about that! The first convention I attended was here in Canberra in 1994.

My first attempt at calling was at Kerr-Ly-Qs in 1996. I didn't' mind it, although, "Stage Fright" was a killer for me back then.

How times have changed! With family commitments, Helen and I stepped away from Square Dancing to raise our kids. When they became teenagers, we went back to Square Dancing and I soon caught the "Callers" bug again and started calling in 2015.

Over the last 7 years, I have continued with lots of caller training and hope that sometime in the future I may be able to start up another club in Canberra.

I have been involved over the years with the ACT Square Dance Society by being Secretary, Assistant Officer, Newsletter Editor, Web Administrator and helping with the 2014 Australian National Square Dance Convention in Canberra.

Caller Photo SHIRLEY BATES [SA-RDC]

I started Square Dancing in 1978 in Western Australian and danced with the late Les Johnson, Kevin Kelly and Steve Turner and other callers at the time. I danced there for several years.

When I moved to South Australia in 1980 I started dancing at The Weavers and Southern Cross clubs with the late Allan Frost. It was at these clubs that I was first introduced to Round Dancing. After some time away from dancing I returned to Square Dancing and was introduced to Thelma McCue who was cueing the rounds.

I have been round Dancing for 20yrs and cueing for about 15 years.

I currently dance and cue at T & T Rounds.

My other interest include gardening, sewing and spending time with my two daughters and 3 grandsons in Melbourne and a son and one Grandson in Adelaide.

Caller Photo Tony Bowring [VIC-SDC]

I started dancing in May 1969 with Ron Mennie's St Peters SD Club in Box Hill Victoria

The first club I opened was C-City Squares in Croydon Victoria in 1975 and Red Hot Plus in the late 1980's (probably 1988).  After 23 years of club calling, we retired to concentrate on family and other interests.  After several years we returned to dancing and relief calling as required.

After our move to Port Macquarie in 2011 we opened Riverside 8's SDC in April 2013 to cater for a void in Square Dancing in the area.

The first National Convention I attended was in Adelaide in 1974.  My first National Convention Calling opportunity was at the 1975 National Convention in Melbourne.

Since then I have attended 20 National Conventions and called at 19 of these.  I was the Publicity Officer for the 1991 Melbourne (Broadmeadows) convention.

We also had demonstrations at 2 Nationals, a quadrille in 1983 (Melbourne Showgrounds), and a children's set at the 1991 (Broadmeadows) National Convention.

Now retired, and not subject to work constraints, Christine and I are looking forward to being able to attend more National Conventions in the future.

Caller Photo GARY CARPENTER [NSW-SDC]

Started dancing in 1974 with Ted Sams at Tuggerah to spend time with my then girlfriend, now wife. Dancing progressed to "guest calling" with Ted and calling in the 1st NSW Convention (Junior Hall) in 1975.

A callers school with Bryan Hotchkies in 1976 followed with me getting lifts with David Cox and Jeremy Weedon as I was too young to hold a drivers license....

The license followed and in 1977 with David Cox we started the Spatiores club in East Gosford (then Gosford)...

In 1979 I moved out on my own with the Carpenter and Co. club in Tuggerah which has been operating ever since. In 1980 David Cox, Jerremy Weedon and I convened the NSW State Convention at Gosford. Not bad for 2 x 22 and 1 x 20 yr old. I followed this up by convening the 1990 and 2016 State Convention. From 1989 I was the President on the NSW Caller's Association and from about that time I have spent a number of stints on the ACF Board, currently the treasurer, and have assisted national programs by being on the Program Advisory Panel. Also, I was the Program Manager for the 1995 National Convention in Sydney. I was first able to call at National Conventions in 1982 and have attended and called at over 30 so far and I'm looking forward to calling in Goulburn.

Caller Photo HOWARD COCKBURN [VIC-SDC]

I began square dancing at Westgate Square Dance club in October 1979 at the insistence of my wife Brenda.  By April 1981 I had become a trainee caller with Frank Kennedy and in July 1982 Brenda and I began Crossroad Squares in Werribee.  In 1990 Brenda & I opened Southern Cross Plus and in 1998 we opened Southern Cross A, all three clubs are still running.

I have attended 38 National Conventions and called at 37.  I have served on 7 National Convention Committees.  In 1987 I was Publicity Officer, 1991 Venue Manager, 2000 Program Manager, 2005 Convenor, 2010 Board Liaison, 2017 Co Program Manager (with Janice Alexander) and I am Program Manager for the Goulburn 2022 Convention.

I have held the positions of President of the Victorian Callers Association (VCA) & Australian Callers Federation (ACF), Treasurer of VCA & ACF, ACF Callerlink Editor and ACF State Coordinator.  I am currently the VCA Treasurer and the ACF Chairman.   I have received a Life Membership from VCA, Roll of Honour from National Society of Australia and a Life Membership of South Australian Square Dance Society.

When I am not square dancing Brenda & I spend a lot of time with our two daughters Meagan & Rachel and the loves of our life, our grandchildren Logan, Ruby, Stella, Charlotte & Hugh.

Caller Photo Laurina Collyer [VIC-SDC]

I began square dancing with Jaybee Square Wheelers in 2006 when mum and dad felt we needed a family activity. It took a while for me to warm up to the idea (being just 10 at the time) but eventually I came to enjoy it!

In 2010 I began calling with my friend Emily with the careful guidance and tutorage of Mike Davey. In the years since, I have called at nine State Conventions and five Nationals, as well as being Program Manager for the 2020 State Convention in Moorabbin.

I am a proud member of the Victorian Callers Association, who have provided lots of valuable training and support over the years, and in recent years have held the position of Vice President.

Square Dancing has been great for me and I look forward to many good years of calling and dancing ahead!

Caller Photo Mike Davey [VIC-SDC]

I started calling when I was 18.  My first call was to an empty supper room because I was so nervous that I was too scared to look at the dancers! It got easier after that, and I found that I really enjoyed calling.  I am co-caller for Jaybee Square Wheelers with Laurina Collyer and I also run Mike's Plus on a weekly basis.

I have called in all the Australian states and territories, as well as New Zealand, England and Japan.  I was Convenor of the Australian National Square Dance Convention, held in Bendigo in Easter 2017 and I am now a program manager for the 64th National which will be held in Darwin in 2024.

In my spare time, I volunteer as a puppy-raiser for Guide Dogs Victoria.  Lorraine and I are currently looking after Crystal, who is a pure white Labrador with a mischievous nature.  I also take people on tours of the Guide Dog campus in Kew when COVID allows.

Caller Photo Jaden Frigo [VIC-SDC, RDC]

I first started dancing in 2004 and took up calling a year later. After several years as a trainee I started Australiana Dancers in 2012 and later that year took over the calling at the Early Birds Square Dance Club. Both these clubs are going successfully to this day. I have been a full time caller since finishing high school in 2015. Over the years we've organized many weekend events hosting some of the finest callers from both Australia & overseas.

I've had the great pleasure of being invited to call in every state of Australia along with the USA, England, New Zealand & 6 European countries. I've attended & called at every Australian National Convention since 2013 and I also attended & called at the US National in 2019. I've attended many caller seminars & schools both in Australia & internationally (many as a student - and some as a presenter.)

I call all levels from Basic/Mainstream to C2 and also cue Rounds up to Phase IV. In the past I have served on the VCA executive committee (including 2 years as Skills & Development Session Coordinator) and on the ACF Board (including 1 year as Registrar and 2 years as Assistant Caller Education Coordinator.)

When not calling I greatly enjoy sports (mainly Aussie Rules Football, cricket, rugby & cycling), travel (both in Australia & overseas), board games, a good movie or TV series and catching up with friends. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone in Goulburn.

Caller Photo Anne Glazier [NSW-RDC]

I started Square Dancing at Casula with Tony Allessi in about 2001. Once I saw Round Dancing, I knew that was my preferred dance style, so I joined Renniks Rounds at Greystanes in 2002.

In about 2005, I thought I would take up the challenge of Cueing Rounds at the club. When Ray Skinner passed away I took over the running of the Club under the banner of Greystanes Rounds. We continued to run this club even after we moved to the Central Coast for 2 nights a week.

When Lorraine Long retired from Square Dance Calling at her club (Pelican Promenaders) at Woy Woy, I changed it to a Round Dance Club but still kept the name "Pelican Promenaders". We would often have a 50/50 dance as well as we did at Greystanes.

I am at present still running the Pelican Promenaders Club at Tuggerah and often have a 50/50 dance as well as all enjoy both dance styles. Ashley Shore has been my Square Dance Caller for most of this time.

Caller Photo FRANCES HICKSON [NSW-SDC]

In 1989 I started square dancing with the Alstonville Summerlanders, later this club merged with the Lismore Larrikins to become the Alstonville Summerland Larrikins with Wilma Flannery as caller and my mentor.

I started calling in 1991, and attended many callers schools in Casino with instructor Brian Hotchkies.  I stopped square dancing for 4 years, but came back to it again.  

I was the caller for clubs in Ballina and Lismore.  I became caller for the Alstonville Larrikins in 2019.

John and I have had many wonderful years of travelling and meeting new friends through square dancing.

I am a member of the ACF, SARDA, QCF and QSDS.

I have danced and called at nine NSW State Conventions, seven National Conventions.  And four Queensland State Conventions.

Caller Photo ANNA-LEE HODALJ [NSW-RDC]

I'm a fourth generation Dancer and Cuer.
I've been to 5 Nationals, and as many State conventions, but this will be my first as a cuer, I'm very excited.

Caller Photo HELEN HODALJ [NSW-RDC]

I am a 3rd generation caller and cuer, my grandfather, Frank Johnson, started my calling with fun amateur callers nights.  Then after he got his wings in 1996, mum, Jan Johnson, took over the calling and I focused on cueing rounds, and have been teaching and cueing ever since.  I still do the occasional square dance call.

I have served on the NSWSARDA management committee for over 10 years and I am currently in the vice-president position.  I have cued at club nights, weekend celebrations, state and national conventions.  I have also been involved with organising state and national conventions.

See you on the dance floor

Caller Photo BRIAN HOTCHKIES [NSW-SDC]

Started calling in 1961

CLUBS:- For which Brian has, or is Calling (or Cueing) for.

NEWCASTLE:- Y.M.C.A. S/D Club, Newcastle S/D Club, B-bar-H, Westerners, Surfside 8, Valentine S/D Club, Kotara S/D Club & BH Round Dance Club.

CENTRAL COAST:- Tumbi Country, Dinosaur Dancers, Classified A (Thursday), B-bar-H*.

SYDNEY:- Greenwich Swingers, Classified A (Saturday) Newport Ocean Waves.

First Australian National Convention attended: 4th in Newcastle 1963.  Have attended most (but not all) since then.

OVERSEAS CALLING:- England, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Holland, France, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Philippines, New Zealand, China & United States.

CALLERLAB:- Served 10 years as Vice Chairman of the "Mainstream Quarterly Selection Committee".

* The "B-bar-H Club" started in Newcastle, but when I moved to the Central Coast, the Club moved here as well.

Caller Photo TERRY LEE [SA-RDC]

Started round dancing in 1996 and went to my first Square and Round Dance convention in 1997 in Newcastle with my then round dance teacher Mavis Schwartz and her friend Nona, and got really hooked on that kind of dancing, since then started cueing in 2000 and started choreographing dances in 2007 and had my first dance published in November 2008.

Have been running my own club "Victory Rounds" since 2005, and the Club Dance-Around since Mavis handed me (her club) in December 2010, and now both clubs are no longer running due to Covid-19, but hope to resurrect both clubs in South Australia this year after moving back to South Australia where I was born in Gawler and lived on a farm in Sandy Creek and left there in 1964.

Member of Rounalab
Victory Rounds
Dance Around

Happy Dancing
Terry V Lee

Caller Photo BEV McLACHLAN [QLD-RDC]

Started square dancing in 1973 after being convinced by parents this was an excellent activity to be involved in.  They were right and I have not looked back.

Married my wonderful husband December 1977.  Started teaching Round Dancing in February 1978, cueing in 1982 and expanded our family in 1983 and 1989.

Attended over 40 Australian National Square Dance Conventions, others in New Zealand and USA, Special Round Dance Week-ends and Minilab Conventions for Callers and Cuers and clogging Cuers.  A resident dancer from 1977 - 1982 for "Reg Lindsay's Country Homestead" live TV show, the resident Clogging Cuer on "Cruisin' Country".

I am a member of the:-

Queensland Round Dance Association Square Dancing Society of Queensland (Life Member and recipient of the Silver Spur Award) Australian Round Dance Association (Life Member) Roundalab The Australian National Square Dance Convention Board ( Life Patron) Australian Clogging Association.

In June 2008 Nev and I were awarded the EPA Excellence Award in recognition of our valuable contribution to the Environmental Protection Agency in the "Volunteering" category.  For over 40 years we have spent our Christmas vacation at an area called Wreck Rock (north of Bundaberg) monitoring Marine Turtles.

I feel very privileged to assist and support my husband Nev with his square dance commitments and also the running of the Sunshine Coast Square Dance Centre.

Caller Photo NEV MCLACHLAN [QLD-SDC]

I first experienced square dancing when my parents and older brothers attended regular dances in the early 1960's.  In 1967 I won an amateur callers contest and the prize was a calling spot at the National Convention that same year in Brisbane at Cloudland Ballroom.  My first club evolved from teaching kids for demonstrations at school fetes.  Circle W began at Wynnum in 1969 and soon many of those kids' parents were also dancing.  One of those kids still dances with us now.  Suncoasters was formed in 1970 and we went on to build the Sunshine Coast Square Dance Centre and moved there in 1985.

Some memorable highlights:

  • Calling on top of Ayers Rock in 1970.
  • Resident caller for Reg Lindsay's Country Homestead from 1977 until 1982.
  • Calling at the 1982 US National Convention and clubs in the USA.
  • Calling for several festivals in NZ.
  • Co-Convening with my wife Bev, National Conventions in 1990, 1999 and 2016.
  • Resident caller for "Cruisin' Country".

Positions previously held:

  • Secretary, Square Dancing Society of Queensland.
  • Secretary, Australian Callers Federation.

State and National Honours:

  • Queensland Silver Spur.
  • Square Dancing Society of Queensland Life Member.
  • Life Member of the Australian Callers Federation.
  • Life Patron of The Australian National Square Dance Convention.
  • Sharing my life with my fabulous, supportive wife Bev.

When not square dancing Bev and I manage a marine turtle conservation project for the Queensland Government achieving the EPA Excellence Award recognising volunteering, dedication and commitment for the environment and people of Queensland.

Caller Photo Matthew Mills [QLD-SDC]

Biography to come.

Caller Photo GEORGIA NICHOLSON [NSW-CLC]

Georgia was born clogging!  Growing up with Jason and Leanne as parents Georgia instinctively learnt to clog from as soon as she could walk.

Georgia has attended every National Clogging Convention and National Square Dance Convention since she was born - a true 'life member' of both dance forms.

Georgia cued her first clogging dance around the age of 8 at our local clogging club.  Not long after this she cued for a tour group of cloggers who travelled to Norfolk Island.

Georgia has achieved her cuer accreditation with the Australian Clogging Association and helps her Mum and Dad out at club when they need a rest!

Georgia has also been involved with a number of clogging demo's at recent Square Dance Conventions and a highlight was travelling to Canada to clog.

Caller Photo JASON NICHOLSON [NSW-CLC]

Jason started clogging at the age of 17 after seeing it at a National Square Dance Convention in 1988.  Not long after starting clogging with Vickie Dean, Jason was hit by a car and broke both legs and an arm which put a hold on clogging for a little while.  After recovering, Jason was back to clogging and has danced ever since.

In 1995, Jason started running his own club - named Strictly Cloggers.  He still runs this club weekly and drives 1.5 hours each way to do so.  Jason also shares a club with Leanne which they run together each week.

Jason has been on the committee of every National Clogging Convention held in NSW and co-convenor for 2 of them.  Jason has taught clogging across Australia, in NZ and in 2019 was invited to teach and run sessions at the 1st Canadian Clogging Convention.

Jason is recognised as a Gold level instructor by the Australian Clogging Association and has been inducted into the ACA Hall of Fame.  He is the current President of the ACA - for his 3rd term.  Jason, along with Leanne, has run most of the clogging sessions at National Square Dance Conventions over the past 10 years and has been involved in many clogging demonstrations at Square Dance conventions and functions over the years.

Caller Photo LEANNE NICHOLSON [NSW-CLC]

Leanne started clogging at the age of 12 after seeing it at a NSW State Square Dance Convention in 1989.

In 1991, at the age of 14, Leanne started cueing and running her own club - named Coastal Cowboy Cloggers.  She has run 2 clubs a week since 1993.

Leanne has been on the committee of every National Clogging Convention held in NSW and co-convenor for 1 of them.  Leanne has taught clogging across Australia, in NZ and in 2019 was invited to teach and run sessions at the 1st Canadian Clogging Convention.

Leanne is recognised as a Gold level instructor by the Australian Clogging Association and has been inducted into the ACA Hall of Fame. She is the current 'mentor' officer for the ACA.  Leanne, along with Jason, has run most of the clogging sessions at National Square Dance Conventions over the past 10 years and has been involved in many clogging demonstrations at Square Dance conventions and functions over the years.

Caller Photo GARY PETERSEN [TAS-SDC]

Nickname > ‘The Rebel Caller’
Age > 62 (But still young at Heart)
Occupation > Unknown
Hobbies > Making Costume String Ties > GTies

Started Calling October 1995 in Gympie Queensland while dancing with the Mothar Mountain Moonshiners. I moved to Tasmania to Call for 'North West Coasters' in Devonport Tasmania October 97 to December 99. Moved back to Queensland December 99 and started my own Club ‘Upbeat Ch.a.o.s.’ February 2000. Over the next 17 years I continued to develop my calling skills and Called more and more each week. From around 2010 I found myself Calling at 3 Clubs and 8 to 9 Sessions per week.

After losing my parents in consecutive years {2015 and 2016} I sank into depression but tried to soldier on but lost poorly and went through a tough stage having to retire from many positions I held.

In 2017 I made a life changing decision to say goodbye to Queensland leaving in early November and arrived in Perth late November. During my trip west I stayed about a week with my eldest Sister and Brother in-law and Niece. Apart from Calling I have developed a passion for making Costume Bolo Ties which I call Gties. So this stay was very helpful with my Niece assisting me Setting up my Online Shop for my Gties which many of you have purchased at ANSDC. I am online at etsy.com/GtiesByRebelCaller. I now have 300 different Gties available online.

After having a Gap year in Perth enjoying my new life I ventured back across Australia to Tasmania where I am embarking on continuing my passion for Calling and started my New Club in Deloraine Called Upbeat SQRZ. We have had our promising growth stifled by Covid 19. But we are not giving in. In the New Year I have been asked to help Reboot Squares in Hobart with a brand New Club in Moonah!

I have Called at Nationals in every State and Territory of Australia, I have also had Calling engagements in many Australian states as well as New Zealand and Germany.

Caller Photo ASHLEY SHORE [NSW-SDC]

Biography to come.

Caller Photo CAROL SIMONDSON [VIC-RDC]

In 2000 I read a flyer advertising square dancing.  I joined Burra Squares and within a few weeks was completely 'won over' to this activity where exercise, fun, friendship and dancing are combined.

In 2003 I commenced round dance tuition; joined the RDAV and was part of both the membership and management committee for 13 years.  With the support and encouragement of Ella Whyte and Beryl Harcourt I trained to cue rounds.  My debut was in 2007, and 2008 I opened the first of three round dance clubs.

In 2004 I joined Southern Cross Plus (Howard Cockburn); 2014/15 I joined Crossroads (again with Howard) and 2016/17 became a member of Southern Cross A (also with Howard).

I joined ARDA and by 2007 I 'landed' on the management committee where I still hold several positions.  My membership with ROUNDALAB also includes positions on several committees with this world wide round dance association.  I hold membership with ICBDA, VSDC, ARDA, NSWSARDA & QRDA.

The Aussie Nationals I have attended number 17 and I have been privileged to cue at 12 of these.  It has been a pleasure to both dance and cue at numerous State Conventions in Vic, NSW and SA.  I have been fortunate to have travelled to the USA, where I danced and cued at 3 NSDC, 3 RAL and 3 ICBDA conventions.

In 2016 it was a real buzz to be the publicity officer and chief marshal or the 57th ANSDC.

It is humbling to have been asked to program the round dance sessions for the 59th ANSDC 2018 (WA), 60th ANSDC 2019 (TAS) and now the 61st 2022 (NSW) and I look forward to again being part of the energy the 2022 team exude.

My square and round dance journey has been and continues to be an amazing journey.

Caller Photo DAVID TODD [NSW-SDC]

David discovered the wonderful world of square dancing through Fred and Elizabeth Meads' Sparkilate club in the early seventies, soon becoming Fred's trainee caller. After a Ron Jones Caller's school in 1973, David opened the D-Bar-T square dance club in Merrylands NSW. He later ran a second club with Kevin Ryan at Parramatta. During this time David was involved in competition dancing and the training of many teams. In 1978 David called at the 1st National Canadian Convention in Alberta, Canada which was definitely a career highlight.

After a long break David returned to square dancing in 1996 and living in Blaxland in the Blue Mountains, formed the "Mountain Devils" club. He has also called for Fairfield RSL Youth Club and Fifty-Fifty club at Greystanes. In 1999 David was asked to work at Blaxland East Public School to teach square dancing in their gross motor program for years one and two. He was involved in teaching square dancing at a number of Lower Mountains primary schools prior to the pandemic, introducing modern square dancing to hundreds of young Australians.

David has served as President of the NSW Callers' Association, Public Relations Officer of the ACF, President of the Competition Society and is currently President of the Square and Round Dance Association of NSW. He was the convenor of the 2000 NSW State Convention and was part of the committee for the NSW State Convention in Kiama.

He received his "Silver Microphone" award for twenty-five years of calling at the National Convention in 2013.

In 2020 David and his wife Rosalind were the Co-convenors of the 61st Australian National Convention in the Blue Mountains NSW which was cancelled as a result of Covid-19.

Caller Photo Les Tulloch [SA-SDC, RDC]

Les began calling at an amateur callers night in 1986 and has been calling regularly since.

Called for several years in Victoria before moving to Adelaide in 1986. Calls and cues for the Sunset Twirlers Club who are currently in their 27th year, dancing mainstream, plus and rounds.

Les holds several positions on state and national bodies and received numerous awards including:
• Secretary/Treasurer SA Callers Association;
• Public Officer & Committee & Life Member SA Square Dance Society;
• Publicity Officer and Life Member SA Round Dance Association;
• Board Member Australian Callers Federation
• Quarter Century Award Callerlab; and
• Silver Microphone Award Australian Callers Federation

Caller Photo RALPH WEISE [VIC-SDC]

I commenced square dancing in 1978, I met my wife Lyn at that time and we got married in 1979 and danced for many years at Lakesider's Square Dance Club in Reservoir.  During this time our two children Rosanne and Adrian were born.

I became interested in calling during the eighties and attended the Double M caller's school.

I opened Chemistry Sets in September 1997 in Deer Park and we are still dancing to this day, I enjoy calling and dancing.

I am a member of various callers' associations, programmed various functions at a state level and have had the privilege to call to the dressed sets at state and national level.

I am also one of the organisers of the Dusk 'til Dawn Fundraiser Group which raises funds for the Royal Children's Hospital Good Friday Appeal in Melbourne.

When not calling I enjoy travelling and spending time with my family especially my three grandchildren.

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