A Memorial Day Tradition
May 25th - 26th - 27th 2018
Jerry began calling in 1969 at the age of fourteen in Fairfield, IA. During the early 1970s he taught many classes and traveled throughout the Tri-State area of Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri.
In 1976, he married his high school sweetheart, Kristy, who was in his second beginner class. Two children, Joshua and Jacob, soon followed and his career picked up momentum. He found himself touring full time calling dances and festivals coast to coast and in a dozen different countries.
Early in his career he traveled to Saudi Arabia ten consecutive years calling for several Western companies. Many recordings of Jerry's calling and teaching were made during these tours. Jerry also called each year in Riyadh for the Swedish Telephone company, known at that time as, Phillip Ericcson. A very special lady from this group, Anne Catherine Glimcoft, took the teaching tapes produced during these tours and distributed them throughout Sweden and from there these tapes made there way around the world.
Due to this distribution and the devotion of Anne Catherine, her husband Juergen and many of their friends Modern Western Square Dancing exploded in Sweden and other places around the world. Many young Swedish callers learned to call from these recordings and are still calling today.
Jerry and Kristy raised their sons in Mission, Texas while operating a very exciting square dancing program at the Peppermint Palace in El Valle Del Sol RV Park since 1983. There he holds classes, workshops, and dances from beginners through C-1.
In the spring of 2002, Jerry and Kristy, along with lifetime friend and business partner Tony Oxendine, opened Pride RV Resort in Maggie Valley, NC. Jerry and Kristy have several Maggie Valley Square Dance Vacation weeks to choose from.
They are extremely proud of the new PRIDE CENTER, a 3000 sq. ft. floating hardwood floor ballroom with 2 beautiful stone fireplaces and built in concert sound. You're all invited! Come see us!
Jerry has been co-owner of Royal Records since 1985 and has numerous hit records to his credit. His gospel CD "Wings of a Dove", recorded in Nashville. has sold thousands of copies worldwide.
Jerry is proud to have been part of the McAllen Callers Association and promoting McAllen, TX as the Square Dance Capital of the World by holding the "World's Largest Beginner Classes." He has also served as a in CALLERLABand is dedicated to the preservation of Modern Western Square Dancing. He says the secret will be creating a more sustainable direction for the activity.
"Sustainable Square Dancing for the FUTURE"
Bob Asp started square dancing when he was 8 years old with the Turtle Squares of Oregon, Illinois. Bob’s parents had already been dancing for several years. School sports, especially basketball, and working part time at Kable Printing in Mt. Morris took him away from dancing. In addition, he spent three years in the US Army, part of that time stationed in Germany.
With his first wife, Bob took square dance lessons again in 1976 from caller Bill Peacock. For the class graduation, Mr. Peacock gave Bob a record and told him to practice and perform. He must have done well, since many told him “you should be a caller.” That first record was “The Only Hell My Momma Ever Raised.”
Bob attended a caller school in Omaha, NE, run by Harold Bausch and started Hub City Squares in Rochelle, IL, in 1978. Bob helped start the Panhandlers square dance club in Martinsburg, West Virginia, and was the club caller for the Gateway Swingers in Fredricksburg, Maryland.
In 1990, while attending the Illinois State Square Dance Convention in Peoria, IL, Bob met Cinda Rickey. They married in 1991.
Cinda started dancing at age 12 with Farmington Belles and Beaus in the Peoria area where her parents lived and danced. She attended her first National Square Dance Convention in 1966 in Indianapolis, IN. In and out of square dancing for many years, she took lessons again in Decatur, IL, with the Prairie Promenaders and danced as a single for many years before meeting Bob.
Bob and Cinda honeymooned in St. Lake City, Utah, at the 40th National Square Dance Convention. Cinda’s parents attended as well as lots of members from Sugar Squares, for which Bob had recently become Club Caller.
Bob records for Solid Gold Records and partners with Tom Manning (producer/owner of Solid Gold Records) in Solid Gold Sound, providing sound equipment for state conventions and regional festivals.
Bob is a member of Callerlab, the professional organization for square dance callers and serves on the Applications Review Committee (ARC) and the Board of Governors for Callerlab.
Mike & Edie Kirsh
Mike and Edie Kirsch are from Burnsville, Minnesota. They have been dancing since 1992 and have been teaching round dancing since 2003. Their round dance lessons are two nights a week and include phase three thru phase six. They cue for two square clubs and two round dance clubs. They have been presidents of the Minnesota Round Dance Council and have programmed the round dancing for the Minnesota Square and Round Dance convention several times.
The Kirsches are members of Roundalab and have participated in several National Showcase of Rounds. They’ve showcased their own choreography including Blue Suede Shoes, My Kind of Girl, Queen of the Hop, With You I’m Born Again, and Downtown Cha. In 2016 at the national convention in Des Moines they will be the directors for “Showcase of Rounds and Workshops”. They plan to showcase again this year.
Mike was retired so they have been able to do more traveling including participation in various square and round dance festivals and workshops around the United States. Recently, a square dance cruise to the Caribbean was on their agenda.
Their family includes two married daughters and four wonderful granddaughters. Between Mike and Edie’s dance activities and their grandkids sports activities, they have a very busy and enjoyable life. Dancing has provided the Kirsches with some great experiences and many cherished friendships.
Curt began dancing in 1972 and didn’t catch the calling bug until 1985. Once he started, it didn’t take long before his calling took off. With the help of his father Pat, Charley Engelhardt, and Brad Carter, Curt quickly honed his skills and became very popular where-ever he called.
A dancer once said about Curt - “He takes the same old call and makes it look different while keeping a smooth flowing dance”, That’s one of the best compliments I’ve ever received said Curt who always strives to give the dancers a challenge, yet let the dancers enjoy the “dance”.
Curt has recorded for various record labels like Nickle, Chicago Country, Miracle, and Royal. He is on the calling Staff at Pride RV resort in Maggie Valley N.C., Turkey Run State Park in IN., Chula Vista Resort in WI., Shady Rest Lodge in WI., and will be calling at the WIPAC (Wisconsin Plus*Advanced*Challenge) weekend this August in West Bend, WI.
If you’ve never heard Curt Braffet call, your in for a treat. He has great timing for your dancing pleasure, and his singing voice is top-notch!
Your Weekend Entertainers!
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