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Square Dancing Profile

James M. Wright

Jim was born and raised in the Kansas City area and started square and round dancing in 1958 at the tender age of 12. His parents had been square dancers for years so this was a natural progression. Jim was a charter member of the Flying Saucers Youth Square and Round Dance Exhibition Club which was started and run for many years by Frank and Iris Gilbert. A number of people that still square dance today got their start in the Flying Saucers. During this time, Jim was also a member of the Frontier Twirlers youth square dance club. This was so long ago that there was no such thing as mainstream, plus, A, etc. levels. It was all just square and couple (or round) dancing. This is also the time when all round dancing was learned (memorized) and not cued.

Jim did not dance for many years. During that time he was in high school, college, and twenty years traveling the world in the US Army in support of his Country. After retiring from the Army he moved back to the Kansas City area.

In the spring of 2006 we had the first Flying Saucer’s reunion. We had such a good time that several ex-Saucers decided to get back into square dancing. Jim, along with several others, took mainstream lessons during the summer and fall of 2006 from Mike Kelly (also an ex-Saucer). This re-started a whole new life in square dancing.

Jim started calling in January of 2011 when Fred Goucher invited him to assist in teaching Mainstream square dance lessons. ┬áJim became a member of CALLERLAB in June of 2011 and also attended his first callers’ school in that month. His caller coaches for that school were Jerry Junck, Tim Marriner, and Paul Hensey. Jim called his first partial dance in July of 2011 after Fred Goucher invited Jim to be the co-caller of the K.C. Whirl-Aways.

Jim attended his first CALLERLAB convention in March 2012. In July 2012, he attended the Jubilee Callers School. His caller coaches for that school were Wade Driver and Ken Ritucci.

In June 2013 Jim attended the GSI callers school in Oklahoma City. His caller coaches for that school were Jerry Story, Tony Oxendine, Walt Burr, and Bear Miller.

Jim has been the co-caller for the Crazy Eights (www.crazy-eights.org), along with Fred Goucher since that club's inception in September 2012. Fred Goucher retired from calling at the end of March 2014. Since that time, Jim has been the caller for The Crazy Eights. The Crazy Eights dance twice a month. As of now, he has graduated six mainstream classes, is calling twice a month, has done several western dance parties, square dance demonstrations and has been the guest caller for other clubs.

From 2011 to date, Jim also helped form the Fit and Fun Square Dance Association. You can find more information on this at www.fitandfunsda.org. He has also served as the Editor of The Teacup Chain newsletter and the Webmaster for the Fit and Fun website.
Jim has really enjoyed his return to square dancing. In addition to the fun of square dancing itself, it is meeting and making new friends with all of the other square dancers that has the most appeal. See you around in a square.

Jim Wright is ACAP/BMI Licensed to perform coyrighted music.

Proud Member Of:

caller lab logo CALLERLAB

kamo logo KAMO Callers & Cuers Association

KSDCA (Kansas Square Dance Callers Association)

neksdca logo NEKSDCA (Northeast Kansas Square Dance Callers Association)

hoac logo Heart of America Callers Association

crazy eights Crazy Eights

ffsda member logo Fit and Fun Square Dance Association

kansas square dance association logo Kansas Square Dance Association

missouri state logo Missouri Federation of Square & Round Dance Clubs

hoa Heart of American Federation of Square Dance Clubs

Updated 11/11/14