About Us

"Square" Chuck

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 Chuck started out square dancing while he  was stationed at Marine Corps Base in 29 Palms CA. He had made friends in town and wanted an activity that would give him something fun to do within the community! After riding and participating at the local rodeos he saw an advertisement about "Square Dancing"! He joked about it at  first with a few friends and then decided to go have a look to see what  it was about. As soon as he stepped out onto the dance floor he started  having a "Hootin' Hollerin' good time"! The club that was hosting  the class was all about having fun! It was the fun and friendly people  that hooked Chuck right from the get go! Then he got 25 other Marines to  try it out and what a rowdy time. The club was so accepting of the Marines that all had fun all around!
    Chuck met his wife, Carla, 3 months after starting square dance classes at a Midway Dance in Riverside, CA. And as they say "That all she wrote"!

Chuck & Carla

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 Chuck met his wife, Carla, 3 months after  starting square dance classes at a Midway Dance in Riverside, CA. Four  months after that they were married and have been happy together ever  since. They have been dancing together for as long as they've been  married. They have danced all over the world and have danced in many of  the states in the United States! When it came time for Chuck to retire  from the Marines, Chuck and Carla picked Grants Pass OR, as their home.  

grants pass squares (gps)

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Chuck started calling in 2009 2 years after attending a GSI (Grand Squares International) Callers school at the Long Beach National Square Dance  convention in 2007. He attended just to see if he had what it takes to be a  caller. Even though the school was intense and made his head swim, Chuck  realized one thing, he really enjoyed calling. Hence his journey as a  caller started. Due to the lack of mentorship in his area he reached out  to callers such as Mike Sikorsky, Wade Driver, Ken Ritucci , Scot  Byars, Gary Shoemake,  Pat Carnathan, Tony Oxendine and several others  to gain knowledge and the know how. Chuck has attended 5 separate  National callers schools. Chuck is constantly learning and looking for  ways to improve his calling abilities and to find ways to help square  dancers and square dancing grow!

     What Chuck likes best about calling is teaching new dancers. New  dancers are our future. Chuck has always enjoyed teaching and to teach  square dancing is very rewarding. To see someone dance what you've  taught them, to watch them enjoying themselves and having fun, is an  awesome, feeling!
     When Carla & Chuck started instructing & teaching they saw a  real need in their local area to have a night somewhere within the week  to help new dancers get additional and quality floor/dance time. That  need for quality floor time also brought on the development of the "one  on one" type feel of teaching that has become part of Chucks  teaching/instruction style. Asking questions in this format is essential  to each dancers success and for building confidence without forgetting  the main reason of square dancing , FUN!