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Caller and Cuer Biographies

Caller Photo DI ASHTON [TAS-RDC]

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Caller Photo SHIRLEY BATES [SA-RDC]

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Caller Photo GARRY CARPENTER [NSW-SDC]

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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 and Charlotte.

Caller Photo CHRIS FROGGATT [NSW-SDC]

Biography to come.

Caller Photo ROSS HENLEY [WA-SDC]

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Caller Photo FRANCES HICKSON [NSW-SDC]

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Caller Photo ANNA-LEE HODALJ [NSW-RDC]

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Caller Photo HELEN HODALJ [NSW-RDC]

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Caller Photo BRIAN HOTCHKIES [NSW-SDC, RDC]

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 KEVIN KELLY [WA-SDC]

Biography to come.

Caller Photo TERRY LEE [SA-RDC]

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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 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 1.5hrs 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 [QLD-SDC]

Biography to come.

Caller Photo IAN RUTTER [SA-SDC]

Ian Rutter commenced Square Dancing in 2000 when he attended a Community Dance Program (CDP) on Friday nights.   After a year, once the program finished, he took a break from square dancing and returned in 2004 when he learned a lot more.   After he graduated, he started visiting other clubs around Adelaide.

In 2005, he tried his hand on calling when Noes Noesbar, who was a caller that time, asked if he was interested in giving calling a go after he learned about Ian's ability to sing from the talent shows organised by the club Leisurely Squares.   After Ian called a couple of singing calls, he thoroughly enjoyed it and has continued to call for Songs and Hoedowns today.

During his time as a caller, Ian attended a few sessions on calling such as 'Behind the Microphone' and some callers had given him advice on what to do when calling.   He also attended some sessions on 'Zoom' to learn a lot more.

In 2011, he commenced calling for a club in his own right called 'Scoot Back Squares' and has helped learners to teach square dancing.   In 2019, he commenced teaching learners at a club called 'Diggers Too' a sister club for 'Diggers Delights'

Ian became a member of SACA and ACF when he started calling for 'Scoot Back Squares'.   He also called at the National Convention for the first time in Canberra in 2014.

Ian's professional job is a Public Servant working for Centrelink.  He has worked for the Commonwealth Department for 30 years.

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]

Biography to come.

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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