Paul Bristow

Paul Bristow (UK)

Paul Bristow

Paul began to square dance in 1975 and very soon picked up a microphone to begin his calling career. He first served on the callers club council in 1978 as the PRO and then as the Vice President from 1980 till 1987. He is presently the Training Director.

He joined Callerlab in 1983 and in 2000 he became an Accredited Caller Coach.

Credits: Public Relations Officer 1978 - 1979, Vice President 1980 - 1987, Training Director since 2002.

Elisabeth Amtmann

Elisabeth Amtmann (A)

Elizabeth Amtmann

Calling thru Plus, since 2018

Club: Zugspitz-Promenaders Oberau, Running Turtles Augsburg

Favorite means of transport: I like to travel via train or car.

Region Burgenland

Vláďa Andris

Vláďa Andris (CZ)

Vláďa Andris

Calling thru C2, since 1997

Club: Hukilau SDC Valašské Mezirící

I began calling in 1997 and I became a club caller for Hukilau SDC Valašské Mezirící in that same year. Today I call B-C1 at Hukilau club evenings and at weekend events in the Czech Republic. I've been a member of CSCTA since 1999, currently as the vice-president.

Mirka Barvíková

Mirka Barvíková (CZ)

Mirka Barvíková

Calling thru Plus, since 2018

Club: Extend SDC Ostrava

Favorite means of transport: Mostly I drive around by car

I started to dance Square dance in summer 2012 and since September of that year I am a member of the Extend Ostrava club. I´m currently dancing square dance to A2 level and I started to learn round dance. I began calling on 1st January 2018, on New Year's Eve when me and Kamča sent our first singing call to the world “Reklama na ticho”. I was calling at Šachťák in Ostrava, in Brno, in Bratislava and Strážek. Verča and Kamča took me to their duo and we became TRIO from Ostrava.

Michal Bayer

Michal Bayer (CZ)

Michal Bayer

Calling thru C1, since 1993

Club: Country Farrow

Michal Bayer was born in Prague in 1977. He started square dancing in 1992 after a previous experience with country dances in Jasan Bonuš's famous school of country dances. He took up a microphone and made his first calling attempts in 1993. His home club was Lariat, where he learned Basic through C1, but today he is calling for Country Farrow in Prague. He is a member of CSCTA and he is currently calling from Basic through C1. He is keen on programming and spends hours in front of his computer. He likes photography and playing guitar. He is an amateur ice-hockey player.

Michal Benitto Benes

Michal Benitto Beneš (CZ)

Michal Benitto Beneš

Callering thru A1, since 1994

Club V-klub

Favorite means of transport: chopper

I began with Square Dance in autumn 1992. I am probably one of a few who, after seeing a flyer in a tram, made a leap into the unknown. And I, a former hater of dancing, got hooked. So much that about half a year later I embarked on Round Dance. Surprisingly, I persevered to these days. At the turn of years 1994/1995 the dancing was not enough. I've started eyeing what was going on behind the microphone. I don't know what came first, calling or cueing, I really don't remember and doubt that anyone else does. That is not important. It just began.

The more I've danced, the more choreographies and levels I've mastered both as a dancer and cuer/caller. The result is that nowadays I dance up to phase VI in Round Dance and A2 in Square Dance (C1 only begins to get on my radar now :-) ). I call up to A1, despite the occasional attempts at A2. My preferred calling level is Plus and then the beginners at Basic. I like to show them the variability of Square Dance. I call and cue in V-klubPlzen. You can also meet me at dance events (this Convention, for example :-) ) and especially at the afterparties with live music. I am usually the one with the five-string drum on a lap (otherwise known as the banjo :-) )

Julianne

Juliane Burr (USA)

Juliane Burr

Calling thru Plus, since 2000.

Club: Isen Valley Swingers, Shillelaghs SDC, Quo Vadis

Walt Burr

Walt Burr (USA)

Walt Burr

Calling thru A2, since 1980. Recordings by A&S Records, Callerlab Accredited Caller-Coach.

Club: Square Sharks Landshut, Newcastle Dancers Neuberg, Salt Castle Diamonds Salzburg, Munich 9-Pins

Franta Čermák

Franta Čermák (CZ)

Franta Čermák

Calling thru MS, since 1990

Club: Tennessee

I have begun dancing in 1989 in Plzen in Virgina dancing club. It was mostly classic country dancing, but during that year a new style appeared in Czech Republic - the square dance. A year later, I established a new dance club in my hometown - Nýrsko - and we named it Tennessee. And to these days, I still teach country, square and round dance in that same club, despite the fact that it moved to Klatovy. Beside the club, I organize several classes in the Klatovy cultural center: country for seniors, square dance (MS), round dance (phase II-IV). I also organize a country dance class for children in Nýrsko.

Every year I create at least three different choreographies for performances at local events - with kids, seniors and our club. I also create round dance choreographies. The very first one was "It's My Life" cha cha. Among my other choreographies are Top of the World, Eye Level, Si Te Vas, Best in Me, It Is You (Shrek), Jesse, Loosing My Religion, Mariela, and many others.

Inge Baby Caller Hierweck

Inge Baby Caller Hierweck (A)

Inge Baby Caller Hierweck

David Hrbáč

David Hrbáč (CZ)

David Hrbáč

Calling thru A1, since october 1990 (with break from 7/2000 to 8/2009)

Club: M-Separate Praha

Favorite means of transport: my legs, I like walking

I got to square dance as a college student in October 1990 in Brno at Margareta Club. Once our club caller did not come for training, I tried to take the microphone and tell some figures in the sparkling music from the tape. Those were my first steps as a caller. In Margareta club I graduated from the Basic level and in another Brno club Dostavník I graduated from the level of Mainstrem. In the spring of 1991, Marek Piech came to me with a question to establish a square dance club in Opava. So SDC Cloverleaf Opava was founded in September 1991. While working in Cloverleaf we enjoyed participating in various special dances, CSCTA Conventions, or perhaps helped in the establishment of other clubs in the region, such as SDC Hukilau Valašské Meziříčí and the now non-existent Touch a quarter. Thanks to the dancers who passed through Cloverleaf in Opava, Pepík and Majka Drbohlav, and a group of their friends and enthusiasts, the SDC Extend Ostrava club was also established. In July 2000, I accepted a job challenge, moved to Prague and ended my work in Cloverleaf, and due to the difficulty of my new position, I ended up dancing Square Dance. After more than 9 years in September 2009, my "native"; club Cloverleaf Opava invited me to celebrate the 18 th Birthday of the club, and I realized in the beautiful surroundings of the large halls of the chateau in Hradec nad Moravicí how I still enjoy the hints of figures and how I miss dancers - Friends. And most of all, let the dancers enjoy it. So, I look forward, maybe somewhere in the square. SEE YOU IN SQUARE :)

Jack

Jack Hsieh (Taiwan)

Jack Hsieh

Michal Dingo Janák

Michal Dingo Janák (CZ)

Michal Dingo Janák

Calling thru A2 occasionally C1, since 2001

Club: Community Dancers Brno, Karolína Brno, Dancing Strawberries Gerasdorf b.W.

Favorite means of transport: SETRA TopClass S 515 HDH (luxury long journey bus)

He dances actively since 1997, and he has tried different dance styles and been a member of different clubs. Since 2001 he has been a Square Dance caller and Line Dance instructor in dance clubs Community Dancers Brno and Karolína Brno. In the recent years he has called for Dancing Strawberries Gerasdorf b.W. on a regular basis, mostly Dance by Definition (B-A2). He organizes regular Line Dance workshops - Moravia Line and Lined Dance Weekend - and one-day and weekend Square Dance workshops focused on more unusual combinations and starting formations. He calls everything from beginners' Basic up to complex A2 and occasionally also C1.

Club night of Karolína SDC Bratislava. Caller: Dingo

Posted by Jiří Ščobák on Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Conny

Conny Klingen (A)

Conny Klingen

Jarda

Jarda Blondák Korec (CZ)

Jarda Blondák Korec

Calling thru Plus, since 1991

Club: Colorado Kladno

Favorite means of transport: car

My favorite way of calling is to intertwine the square so that when they suddenly appear at home they say: WOW THAT'S GREAT!

Tomáš Machalík

Tomáš "Doug" Machalík (CZ)

Tomáš "Doug" Machalík

Calling thru A2, since 1995

Club: Crazy Dancers, The Wild Bunch, Smiling Bavarians, SD4Fun Travellers

Favorite means of transport: walking

My name is Tomáš Machalík but most square-dancing people know me under my nick-name Doug (some of them even think it is my real first-name). I started with Square Dance in January of 1995. Two years later, I took my first timid steps in calling, too. I currently call from Basic (or its subsets) through Advanced 2.

I always try to call what I would like to dance myself. My goal is to offer mostly high-energy up-beat dancing with a choreography that is as smooth as possible while providing variety as well as a reasonable amount of mental challenge. I also strive for variety through music: from traditional Square Dance tunes to modern sound, alternative music and karaoke tracks.

I currently call on a more-or-less regular basis for several clubs:
Crazy Dancers (MS/P - Prague, CZ), The Wild Bunch (MS/P/A1 - Waldershof, D), Smiling Bavarians (MS - Neutraubling, D) and SD4Fun Travellers (travelling).

I also tried to call for the Onego Wave Dancers (RU) over Skype several times and I look forward to getting back to it as soon as there is a club interested ( and it seems there is!

MS singing call: Tomáš Doug Machalík

24th UMSD: Farewell dance

Posted by Jiří Ščobák on Sunday, May 3, 2015
Paľo Novotný

Paľo Novotný (SK)

Paľo Novotný

Calling thru Plus, since

Club: Karolína SDC Bratislava

Sergej Nündel

Sergej Nündel (D)

Sergej Nündel

Calling thru A2, since 2000

Club: Dessau Sunheads

Favorite means of transport: I usually get around by car.

My home club are the Dessau Sunheads. I founded it in 1991 as a youth group, and the adult group started in 1992. I have been calling since then. First MS, of course. Around 2000 I started calling Plus and in the last 2 years A1 now and then in other clubs. I did some few A2 tips as well.

Jirka Rogalewicz

Jirka Rogalewicz (CZ)

Jirka Rogalewicz

Calling thru A1, since 1990

Club: M-SEPARATE SDC Praha

I have been dancing square dance since 1988 and calling since 1990. I call Basic through A1. Since 1990 I have been regularly calling as a club caller for M-SEPARATE S.D.C. in Prague. I call at many special dances and student parties mostly in the Czech Republic. But I also called in Slovakia, Austria, Germany, Italy, Sweden, and Great Britain.

I always wanted to improve the quality of our callers and so I held various caller seminars and local caller schools. Between 1995 and 2005 I organised 6 caller schools in the Czech Republic with Al Stevens mostly (but not only) for Czech and Slovak callers.

I have been a member of the CSCTA since 1992 (as President during 1992-1997 and 2005-2008, currently at the Treasurer position), a member of ECTA in the years 1992-2005 and a CALLERLAB member since 1994.

I am married and have 3 children. Other activities: cycling, hiking, ball dancing.

slamak

Jirí Slamák Slabý (CZ)

Jirí Slamák Slabý

Calling thru A2, since

Club: Country Farrow

You might know him by his nickname Slamák, which he had since his student years. He is one of the founders of the Country Farrow club and also its club caller. At the moment he is doing Square Dance up to level C1. He was graduated at the Phantom Promenadersin Munich. He has been calling for 22 years B to A2 for Country Farrow in Prague and Wild Bunchin Germany. He often calls at special dances, club evenings in Czech and Slovak Republics and abroad (Germany, Austria). You would know him from special dances such as Prague Summer and Rainbow or Czech conventions. His other hobbies, besides square dancing, are martial arts and fighting sports. He hates the colour pinkand raisins. He likes breaded cutlets and having lots of fun. He is one of the owners of the ABC Recordscompany, where he is presented by a famous songs f.e.: I will follow him, Leaving on the Jet plane, Tell me ma ... He is a realistic person and doesn't fly in the sky. After a long-lasting relationship, he got married to his girlfriend Jana, with whom he founded the Country Farrow.

Kamila Suranovská

Kamila Suranovská (CZ)

Kamila Suranovská

Calling thru Plus, since

Club: Extend SDC Ostrava

Favorite means of transport: travelling by car

I started to dance Square dance at the end of 2014. I am currently dancing basic, mainstream, plus and I just started with A1. In 2016 I started calling at the club evenings later on square events. At first I just wanted to try calling, but thanks to support other dancers and callers I still continue. A moment later Verča started calling and we became a caller duo. At most events we perform together. We are currently performing on our club event Šachťák, Strážek and Jičín where we call basic and mainstream.

Jirka Šcobák

Jirka Šcobák (SK)

Jirka Šcobák

Calling thru Plus, since

Calling thru A2, since 1989

Club: Karolína SDC Bratislava

Jirka Šcobák learned square dancing in 1988 at the Caramella club in Prague, when the iron curtain still divided Europe. In 1989 he started calling for his own club: the Country Farrowin Prague. He was the first Plus dancer in the Czech Republic. Since 1993 he has been living in Bratislava and calling for Karolína SDC Bratislava, and later for Vienna Swingers, Pinkafelder Promenaders, Corvinus Dancersand Rosalia Square Dancers. Together with Jirí Slabý he founded the ABC Records in 1998. In July 2014 he participated in the European Convention in Denmark.

In addition to square dancing, he also enjoys zoology, anthropology, fishkeeping, travelling, photography, hiking and playing board games. Since 2006, he has been publishing a blog on the sme.sk portal and since 2009 he has been reviewing movies for the Czech and Slovak Film Database. He and his wife Žaneta have three daughters together.

"I enjoy calling to the rhythm. Or... more exactly... I need to call to the rhythm :). Of course I try to call interesting combinations (most of the dancing done to my calling is DBD - Dance by Definition), but I stick to the principle that both I and the dancers must be able to hold the tempo of the music."

Hoedown: Club night of Lion Squares in Munich

25. 1. 2015 Khaled - C'est La Vie

Posted by Jiří Ščobák on Sunday, January 25, 2015
Veronika Šedenková

Veronika Šedenková (CZ)

Veronika Šedenková

Calling thru Plus, since 1989

Club: Extend SDC Ostrava

I started with square dance in the summer of 2013, when I went to American week for the first time in “Šiklov mlýn”. There I tried MS and learned Basic. I came to dance through my father Lumir "Božský" Šeděnka. I went around events with him and I still attending the dance club EXTEND in Ostrava, where I dance level plus. In 2015 I tried round dance. I liked it to dance, therefore, with the support of others we are also started round dance, at the club Extend which I callering since January 2019. In 2016, Kamča and I wanted to try calling, so we got possibility at Strážek, where we were calling together for the first time. Since this time everybody like us as a callers and we try to do it as much as is possible. Currently I mainly call MS (occasionally Basic and Plus).

Miloš Fík Veselý

Miloš Fík Veselý (CZ)

Miloš Fík Veselý

Calling thru MS, since 2010

Club: Silverspines SDC Jihlava

My path to square dance began with country dance. Around 2001, I and my wife started dancing in Bonanza Jihlava dance club. Later I've seen square dance and realized - this is something that I could enjoy! My first attempts at dancing it were at the end of 2003, but in my region, there were no square dance clubs. After several years, almost by chance, I've attended my first SD event – Kaprení 2009 in Trebon. That was when I decided that I really like square dance and want to learn it. But this only became a reality in October 2010 in Liberec, where I learned all of Basic in one weekend. But without practice, I would have forgotten everything, so I got together a couple of willing locals and founded the Silverspines club.  We didn't have a caller, so I ended up behind the microphone. With the help of internet articles, I took my first steps as a caller and taught Basic to "my" dancers. I was greatly aided by a workshop for beginner callers that I participated in in 2011; Doug explained some basic techniques to me there. So, gradually, we've mastered Basic and Mainstream. On top of calling for my club, I also call as a "Caller from the Floor" at events. The first time I had my own slot at an event was at the CSCTA Convention 2014 in Brno and then a year later at the same event in Prague.