Vic Ceder

Vic started dancing in 1975 with a teen square dance club where he met his wife Debbie. They started dancing the advanced level 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 material 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. 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 9 countries (other than the USA). He has called at the National Square Dance Convention, the International Association of Gay Square Dance Clubs conventions, is 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 computer programmer by trade, Vic has written programs on the IBM PC compatible platform for square dancing, notably the Square Rotation program and the Ceder Square Dance System for managing choreography and music.

When they are not square dancing, Vic and Debbie enjoy East Coast style swing dancing (i.e. Jitterbug), contra dancing and round dancing. Vic has played the piano since grade school, and specializes in Ragtime (Scott Joplin and that crowd), while currently dabbling in boogie woogie and blues.

Vic and Debbie have a daughter, Caitlyn, who is a student at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Caitlyn is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Biology. She began square dancing in 2008 and currently enjoys dancing at the challenge level.

Source: E-mail from Debbie Ceder, 2015-03-10

        Page updated: 2015-03-10