61st Washington State Square Dance Festival
Weekend in Wine Country
Featured Caller: Jerry Junck, Wayne, NE
Blue Mountain Council
Jerry Junck: Featured Caller
Jerry began square dancing in 1965. He started calling a year later, while still in high school, and for the next 20 years, was the club caller for a number of clubs in northeast Nebraska. He traveled as much as his farming operation would allow. The spring of 1986 brought with it the decision to devote full time to calling square dances.
An accredited member of CALLERLAB since 1976, Jerry has served as chairman of both the Rural Area Considerations Committee, and the CALLERLAB Foundation. He was a member of the Board of Governors for twelve years, serving on the Executive Committee six of those years. He was elected Chairman of the Board and served in that capacity for two years, in 1997 and 1998. He made the decision to retire from the Board in 2004.
Jerry firmly believes in the development of new callers, and the continuing education of established callers. He and Jim Mayo are coauthors of a book on choreography called, “Standard Choreography.” Designed with the newer caller in mind, it provides examples of danceable choreography from standard formations to assist in teaching new dancers. As an accredited CALLERLAB coach, Jerry has been on the staff of various caller schools and seminars around the country. He conducts his own school, The Heart of America Caller’s School, each summer in the Midwest.
During the winter months, Jerry and his wife, Sharon, make their home in Mesa, Arizona where he is the resident caller for Mesa Spirit, Monte Vista, and The Lost Dutchman resort parks. While there, he maintains a complete program of square dancing from Beginners through A-2.
Jerry has recorded for Chinook, Global, and Crown Records, and has been the featured caller at many festivals and weekends around the country. Traveling extensively during the summer months, he thoroughly enjoys the traveling side of calling and the many friends he has made throughout the activity. He takes special pride in calling smooth, flowing choreography with the basic philosophy that.... "SQUARE DANCING SHOULD BE FUN."
To know him is to love him!
T J and Bruce Chadd: Featured Cuer
T J began square dancing in 1975 with a teen group in Boise. It was 5 years later that she took her first 2-Step lessons and her passion for round dancing began. TJ danced everywhere she went, spending time in North Carolina; Okinawa, Japan; and Utah before returning to her hometown of Boise, Idaho in 1991. It was while she was living in Okinawa in 1984 that a cuer friend handed her a microphone, some records and offering much encouragement, asked her to give cueing a try. A move to Utah in 1986 brought new clubs and opportunities for learning. In the Fall of 1991, after moving “back home” to Boise, Treasure Valley Rounds was formed.
Bruce caught the square dance bug in 1995 after attending a square dance on a blind date and sitting on the sidelines watching everyone else dance with his date all night. That fall he joined beginning classes at 3 different square dance clubs, determined not to sit on the sidelines ever again. In the Spring of 1996 both TJ and Bruce were looking for steady, dependable dance partners. They were introduced by mutual friends whose track record for “matchmaking” included 5 other couples—all of whom were happily married. Somehow, what started out as “just dance partners” turned into “life partners” with a wedding in April of 1999.
Bruce and T J continue to cue and teach phases II through V. Treasure Valley Rounds has grown from a single group of dancers to 3 groups: Phase II-III on Tuesday evenings, Phase III-IV on Monday evenings and Phase IV-V on Thursday evenings. Since they began teaching together in 1997, they have taught and cued at three National Conventions and several USA West Square Dance Conventions. They have also had the pleasure of being featured cuers at several western states events including: Bakersfield Fiesta (3 yrs), Knothead Jamboree in West Yellowstone (2 yrs), Northern Utah Square Dance Association’s “Square-a-rama” (2 yrs), Utah State Square and Round Dance Convention (2 yrs), California State Square and Round Dance Convention (1 yr), Fiesta de la Caudrilla (1 yr), Yuma Square and Round Dance Festival (1 yr), Alaska Mid-Winter Festival (1 yr), Northern California Golden State Round-Up (2 yrs), Idaho State Square and Round Dance Festival (1 yr), annually at the Saltel in September weekend in Boise, and several of Boise’s Fall Jubilees. Upcoming events include California State Square and Round Dance Convention (April 2013), Washington State Square and Round Dance Festival (June 2013), Fiesta de la Cuadrilla in San Diego (Nov 2013), Diamond Lake Festival (July 2014), Central California Wing Ding (March 2015) and NCRDTA Winter Weekend (February 2015). They have also choreographed several round dances, having the honor of two of them being selected as ROUNDALAB Rounds of the Quarter ("Hope" Ph III Waltz and "All The Stars In The Sky" Ph II Waltz).
T J and Bruce are 24 year members of ROUNDALAB, currently serving on the Board of Directors, as Financial Officers and as Chaircouple of the Phase III Round-of-the-Quarter Committee. At home they are members of the Boise Valley Square Dance Hall, having served on the Board of Directors as Treasurer for 2 years, currently serving on that Board again, scheduling and contracting all activities that are held at the Hall. Locally, they are members of the Intermountain Square and Round Dance Association, serving in the past as Secretary, Vice President, President and Past President and the Idaho Federation of the Square and Round Dance Clubs. In 2002 they were Directors of Housing and Registration for USA West Square and Round Dance Convention in Boise and are serving in the same capacity for the next USA West Convention which will be held in Boise in 2013. Other dance organization memberships include International Choreographed Ballroom Dance Association.
Bruce works fulltime as a local freight delivery driver at Yellow Roadway Corp. T J spent 22 years as a Human Resources and Accounting Manager, the last 13 of those years with Marriott Hotels in Boise. She had the pleasure of retiring from fulltime employment in October 2009.
When not involved with dancing (or working), they enjoy traveling, fishing, crafting, reading and spending as much time as they can with their kids and grandkids.
JANICE JESTIN IS AN INTERNATIONALLY KNOWN CLOGGING LEADER
Janice has been teaching clogging for more than 24 years. She teaches in Yuma, Arizona during the winter months, offering classes from Beginners through High Intermediate. In the summer, she teaches several workshops in Alberta, Canada. She has taught at the C.L.O.G. National Clogging Convention twice, the Reno International Clogfest, several workshops at the state and local levels, as well as at seven Canadian National Square Dance Conventions and four U.S. National Square Dance Conventions. She is a member of C.L.O.G. (the National Clogging Leaders Organization). She is licensed with BMI, ASCAP, and SOCAN. Janice enjoys dancing and likes to share that enjoyment with others.
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Merri Anne Huber
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