Vic started dancing in 1975 with a teen square dance club where he
met his wife Debbie. They started dancing Advanced in 1977 while in
high school. A year later they started learning challenge and Vic
developed an interest in calling. Vic occasionally walked their tape
group through some materials that he had written. Soon thereafter, Vic
purchased a Hilton sound system and in November 1981 began calling
at the challenge level.
Never having attended a caller's school as a student, Vic is a
self-taught caller, but has taught at the Northern California Callers
School, and at a couple GCA Callers Schools, as well as conducted
various mini clinics, most recently at iPAC. He took voice lessons and
learned calling skills from observing other callers and listening to
criticism and comments made by callers and dancers. In his early
calling years, Vic aspired to learn from the great callers of the day,
including Dave Hodson and Lee Kopman.
Currently, Vic calls all levels through C4 and has taught classes at
all levels from Basic through C3B. He has called in 31 states and 8
countries (other than the USA), has called at several National Square
Dance Conventions, iPAC, the Canadian National Challenge Convention,
the International Association of Gay Square Dance Clubs conventions,
and is currently a permanent staff caller with the Academy for
Advanced and Challenge Enthusiasts (AACE), and has been a CallerLab
member since 1989.
Vic and Debbie are the authors of three definition books, the Ceder
Chest series, detailing the calls and concepts from A1 through C3B.
As a software systems engineer, Vic has written some widely-used
square dance related computer programs, notably the Ceder Square
Dance System and the Couple Rotation Program. Their website,
www.ceder.net , is arguably
one of the most widely-respected square dance related sites on the
internet with an extensive database of callers, cuers, clubs, square
dance music information, square dance events, and choreography.
When they are not square dancing, Vic and Debbie enjoy East Coast
style swing dancing (i.e., Jitterbug), contra dancing and round
dancing. Vic enjoys playing ragtime and boogie woogie piano,
gardening, and reading French comic books, which he collects. They
enjoy tasting fine, artisan dark chocolate bars which they rate in
a database on their website.
Their daughter, Caitlyn, is a junior at the University of California,
Santa Barbara (where Debbie works), and when she isnít studying she
enjoys dancing up to C3A.