Kudos part 3
Our committee would like to thank you for such a great job on prompting our dancers. Even when the lights went off you kept the evening going. What a woman! I'm sure we will be in touch soon about next year. Again..."great job!"
--The Marshall Civil War Ball Committee, Marshall
What a great dance last Sat. and you really "revved" it up! You did a terrific job and varied the usual set happenings which do seem to follow a pattern. The one part I hate is when the end is built up and only contains a waltz which some may not participate in. That is a let-down. You left the waltz thing in (which couldn't be different) but gave everyone a good and special time at the ending. It was very inclusive. Thanks.
--Dawn Swartz, Ann Arbor
|Thanks for the great calling that you did at the dance here in Grand Rapids. I especially want to compliment your teaching style. Having people do something and then explaining it to them is a great way to do it when dealing with adults. Your dances were superbly chosen, too. As usual, the crowd was a broad mixture who ranged from rank novice to VERY skilled and experienced. The dances were challenging enough for the hard core and easy enough for an interested beginner.|
Your patience is also commendable...you handled it with dignity and aplomb. You are the best contra caller that I know and my favorite caller as well. You have thought about the dances and about people's learning style and you work into your teaching and calling something for most of the learning styles while also conveying useful information about the dance itself.
--Mike McGuire, Grand Rapids
Have I told you how much I appreciate working with you as a caller? ... We appreciate that you're not married to certain tunes and you're not constantly micro-managing our tempos. We also appreciate your pre-dance preparation so that you don't overteach the dance or teach all the dance except one small part or teach the dance then scrap it and teach another. We like working with you. Thanks for making us your band of choice so often.
--Jim McKinney, Golden Griffon Stringtet
You don't know me, I'm just a newish caller on the Trad Dance Callers forum who wanted to say thank you for your contribution to the forum.
I always read whatever you write. You are an unbelievable and generous source of dance caller knowledge, experience and good ideas. I have learned many things from you about calling ONS, small tricks as well as bigger concepts. Your last entry responding to Alan's western event just made me want to write and say thank you. Your ideas are concrete and relevant and fun and I plan to use them!