"Feel that pulse… that pulse… that pulse… that pulse grow stronger… like a heartbeat
pumping from another world…"
That line, from a favorite song, crystallizes to me what happens when a band in a groove
with a magic tune, a hall full of dancers who all find the tune's pulse, and a caller who
knows to choose a dance that hardwires the two at the heart come together.
I'm always working to choose that magic dance. I had flirted with learning to call several
times, but I think it was my first experience of that magic at a dance weekend (in 2000,
with Popcorn Behavior!) that made me understand how the parts all fit together. Once I made
the commitment to calling, it was training and advice from numerous experienced callers,
particularly Seth Tepfer and Joseph Pimentel, who furthered my understanding.
Since starting to call in 2006, I've learned from every dance how to adapt to a band's
strengths, find the keys to help dancers of all levels succeed, while building and
adjusting a program that's full of variety.
I am grateful for all the challenges, and lessons learned, from all the bands and dancers
I've worked with in Seattle, Portland, Boulder, Fort Collins, Oklahoma City, Kansas City,
St. Louis, Indianapolis, Bloomington, and all over Texas, especially in Austin.
Will you come and help me try to create another magical pulse at Catapult?
I hope so! Can't wait to meet you!