Richard started calling 34 years ago as a dare. One of the Kansas City square dance clubs was having a Bedevil the Caller night and he was dared to dress as Dolly Parton and do the singling call ‘9 to 5.’ He had fun and decided to pursue calling. Within a year he was the featured caller at the HASSDA Festival, Northeast Oklahoma Festival , and various local and state festivals around the area.
He moved to Arizona in 1989 and had a program in the Phoenix/Mesa area and eventually moved to Yuma and started a very successful winter program that he ran for 9 years. He was a full-time traveling caller for 13 years and recorded about 15 songs including “Back In The Saddle Again”, Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch”, “30 Days” and more on various record labels, including 4-Bar-B/Quadrille Record Company.
In 1992, he married Leslye and they continued to grow the winter program in Yuma AZ. However, as the activity started to decline, so did the number of calling dates he had around the country. In 1994, he quit calling full-time and started to work for a local phone company fixing pay phones. He was transferred to Utah in 1997 and closed his program in Yuma. He actively traveled for weekends and called for some local clubs until he was transferred to New Mexico in 2004. In Albuquerque, he called for a local mainstream club and formed a mainstream and plus club.
In 2012, he transferred to the Portland OR area and has a Plus dance (3rd Fridays), Advance dance (4th Fridays) , C-1 Workshop (1, 2, 4, 5th Mondays) all held at the Oak Grove Community Center in Milwaukie, OR. He is also a guest caller for several local clubs and will be calling the Country Cuts Ups New Years Eve dance 2014. Most recently, he began a Mainstream club, Columbia River Dancers, that dance 2nd and 4th Saturdays at the Clark County Family YMCA in Vancouver, WA.
In 2014, Randy Dibble and Richard started an Advance and Challenge weekend in Portland and in 2015, the weekend will move to Garbaldi, OR and will be called by Richard and Anne Uebelacker, WA. The first year they had 8 squares and currently we have 5 squares pre-registered.
In 2012, Richard and Leslye became Presidents of USAWest Square Dance Convention Board and presented two educational sessions on Using Social Media in Square Dancing and Recruiting and Retaining Square Dancers at the USAWest 2014 Square Dance Convention in Pendleton, OR..
Richard calls square dancing Basic-C-1 and Cues Phase ll-lV. He also has taught country western dance and line dancing and has DJ’ed for country western dances. Richard and Leslye are proud to be a part of the dance community in Portland. He is available for guest calling, weekends, and specials.