Caller

Paul Bristow (ENG)

Born in 1958, Paul started his Square-Dance-Class in 1975, Calling in 1976, and in 1977 he became a Club-Caller for the Rockin‘ 8s. In the Eighties Paul started to call at several events in Europe, and in the Ninetees in Australia, New Zealand and the USA.

Furthermore Paul already called at several European Conventions. He is currently managing the Caller-Training in Great-Britain. Since 1983, he is a Callerlab-Member.

Since 2000 he is the owner of Sting and Snow Records. Together with his wife Hazel Paul has two daughters.

Søren Lindergaard (DEN)

Born in 1965, Søren tried out square dancing by accident in 1990. He then thought that it would be even more fun, if he could actually do the teacher’s job. He attended a caller-school.

In 1992, he decided to try his luck in Helsingborg in Sweden. He became a club-caller for Fredensborg SD in Denmark and still is. In 2002, Søren moved to Helsingør in Denmark, where he lives with his wife Henriette and their sons Albert and Jacob.

Through Square Dance Søren has travelled through several countries. He has called at a number of events, including other European Conventions.

Maarten Weijers (NED)

Born in 1967, Maarten was introduced to Square Dancing at the age of 14.  Not long after his graduation he started calling at the Tulip Twirlers. Nowadays he calls for the Motiveters. Maarten is calling thru A2. He has recorded several tunes.

Since 1988, Maarten has called at dances in Europe and the USA and at most of the European Conventions with Amsterdam 2018 as highlight.

It was in 1994 that he met his wife Wil in a beginners-class, they have two children. Maarten has a Management and Coaching Company and is working for the Dutch Government managing infrastructure projects.

David Dvorak (CZE)

David Dvořák was born in 1973 in Prague. He has been an active Caller and Teacher since 1990, calling Square Dancing up to C2 and teaching Country (Contra) Dancing. 

For many years, David has been calling for clubs in the Czech Republic (Country Farrow, ComeBack Úvaly), as well as in Germany (Wild Bunch, Smiling Bavarians) and Austria (Dancing Strawberries, as guest for The WorkShoppers and Corvinus Dancers). David is Member of ECTA e.V., CSCTA o.s. and CCCDCA o.s. and has already called in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia and the UK.

Paddy Böhnke (GER)

Paddy was born in 1980, he attended his first Square-Dance class at the age of 13. As he enjoyed music and singing, calling seemed to be made for him.

The Crossroad-Cowboys in Dillingen collected donations from their members in order to make it possible for the teenager to attend his first Caller School.  He is still much obliged to the club because of this.

Paddy calls at Special Dances throughout Europe from Mainstream to C1 and is part of the Caller-staff of the workshop-series in SC-Arendsee.

Together with his partner Kathi, he lives in Augsburg and designs concepts for offices.

Hanna Tenenbaum (SWE)

Hanna started dancing in 1995, and calling shortly after her graduation in 1997. Since then she has been very much involved in Square Dance.

Hanna was a board-member of the Swedish Caller-Associaton and is a member of the Danish Caller-Associaton. She is  a member of GSI-Europe and representative for GSI-Sweden. She is arranging local caller-schools and training.

Her style of calling and warm voice have made her popular amongst many dancers and she has a pedagogical style of teaching. Hanna has been calling in many European countries and the USA. It‘s Hanna’s dream to start Square Dance in Poland.

Neil Whiston (ENG)

Neil has been in the Square-Dancing-Scene since he was very young. He used to go along to dances with his parents and really enjoyed learning from the Callers. Neil had his first try in Calling already at the age of eleven.

Since then the world of Square Dance has shown him many parts of the world, including Alaska and the Far East.

Making friends through Calling and Square Dance leaves the biggest impact on him. Neil is in his fifties and besides Calling, he is working in the construction industry.

Carsten Nielsen (DEN)

Born in 1974, Carsten became involved in Square Dance in the late Eighties. In 1989, he was taking part in a demo in New Style Square Dance at the  club, where his parents were dancing.  Soon the club started with Modern Western Square Dancing and  at first without a Caller. 

In 1990, Carsten became interested in Calling and attended three Caller-Schools, since then things took off.  

Carsten has called at Special Dances in many European countries, the USA and Canada, at National Conventions as well as at several European Conventions.

Chris Keller (GER)

Chris was born in 1980. At the age of 16 he attended a Square-Dance-Class and in 1997, he tried calling for the very first time. Initially he was an occasional substitute and gradually he assumed the role as Caller for an increasing number of clubs. 

Temporarily he had five clubnights a week. Chris himself dances Square up to C1 and he has also graduated in Clogging and Round Dance. 

In spring 2020, he moved to Saarland with his wife Claudia. Since then Chris calls at the Kuntry Kuzins Wiesbaden, the Wheelers & Dealers Zweibrücken and the Joyhunters SDC in Saarbrücken.

Jesper Wilhelmsson (SWE)

Jesper was born in 1973, and started to dance in 1989. He taught his first class in 1998, became a club-caller for Örebro Square-Dance-Club and still is.

In the years after the Millennium Jesper called at different events in Sweden and later on, in other countries such as Norway, Denmark, USA, Germany and Great Britain.

He has called at a couple of Swedish National Conventions and this will be his second European Convention.


Cuer

Teresa Hart (ENG)

Teresa started with Square Dance in her early years together with her parents and in 1979 graduated in Round Dancing. Teresa met Paul in her teenage-years, who also became involved in dancing and later as a cuer and teacher in his own right.

Teresa has been cueing and teaching for a number of years and has previously been an active member on the Council of Square Dance Callers Club of Great Britain. Over the years she has supported various Festivals, Jamborees and other European Conventions.

Teresa and Paul are kept busy with grandchildren, but try to dance as often as possible.

Lucie Cervena (CZE)

Lucie started dancing in 1998, at a children’s dance-club in a  town called Česká Skalice. She attended her first dance-event in 2001 and since then, dancing has been a part of her life. At the age of fifteen, she started teaching in Česká Skalice.

Currently, Lucie is a club-cuer for the Simple Diamond in Prague. Her first dance-event as a performer was in 2015 at “The biggest Pajrek ghost“ , since then Lucie has regularly cued at Czech and Slovak events. She has also cued several times in Vienna.
Lucie likes most to cue hash-cue and choreographies of phase IV+.

Joachim Bradl (GER)

In 1978, Joachim graduated in Round Dance at the Rokoko Dancers in Mannheim and in 1979, in Square Dance. He then commenced cueing in 1979 and became the Club-Cuer for the Swinging Stars SDC and Carousels Round-Dance-Club in Heidelberg.

Once Joachim started calling, he became the Caller for the Mannheim Old West Squares in 1985. He was cueing and teaching at many Special-Dances and Jamborees all over Europe. Starting in 1993, Joachim together with Klaus Völkl organized and hosted the annual European Round-Dance-Week.

For a couple of years Joachim and his wife Kerstin were also competition-dancers.

Susie Rotscheid (NED)

Susie and her husband Gert-Jan started round dancing in 1984, cueing and teaching in 1986.

They are in demand for numerous festivals throughout Europe and in the States. They were the organizers of Europe’s biggest, longest-running Square- and Round-Dance-week – in Cham/Bavaria. They held the position of European Round-Dance-Coordinator for twelve years. They have held several teacher’s schools and have written a booklet and articles to help new cuers teach.

Susie and Gert-Jan are spending half the year in Holland, half the year in the States. In Holland and in the Atlanta area they run their own Carousels Round-Club.

More Callers to follow.