Tim Ploch learned to square dance while he was a student at Rice
University. He graduated from his square dance class in December
1973 and by the summer of 1975 was dancing at the highest levels.
Although he began calling informally before that time, by 1975 he
was calling advanced and challenge, also graduated from callers
school that same year and has been calling continuously since
that time. He called full time until he graduated, in 1981, from
University of Houston Law Center with a Doctor of Jurisprudence
(J.D.) degree. His first job as an attorney began in the summer
of 1982 and in 1986 he established his own law firm in Houston,
Tim taught his then future wife, Donna Law, to square dance.
She is the rock-solid center of his world.
Tim is an original and current permanent staff member of the
Texas Premier Advanced and Challenge Convention or TEXPACC
(formerly the Texas Advanced and Challenge Convention begun in
1981 in Dallas, Texas). TEXPACC is held during October at the Red
River Valley Fair Grounds in Paris, Texas. Until its closing, Tim
was also an original permanent staff member of the American
Advanced and Challenge Convention. He has called many
conventions, festivals and weekends, and calls all levels from
Mainstream through C3B. In his home town (Houston) and in his
available spare time, Tim calls a monthly DBD Plus dance as well
as periodic and annual Advanced and Challenge weekends through
He wrote Cut and Flip the Hourglass, Relocate the Hourglass and
A partial listing of Timís recordings includes: Any Old Time,
Bed of Roses, Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind, Hubba Hubba,
I Am the Dreamer, I Hear the South Calling Me, I Love You
Better Than I Did Then, Iíll Do It All Over Again, Jingle
Bell Rock, King of Western Swing, Old Black Magic, Ribbon
of Darkness, Some Love Songs Never Die, Square Dance Honeymoon,
The Gambler, Walk Right Back and Your Memory.
For the avid bridge players, you can certainly try to finesse
the square-dance caller/attorney who always enjoys a lively,
immensely challenging and enjoyable game.
A dancer once described Timís calling as being like peppermint
ice cream Ė smooth with sweet little chunks. Tim always tries
to focus on the flow of the material while keeping the dancers