Vic started dancing in 1973 with a teen square dance club where he
met his future 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.
Later he tried 'calling' the material accompanied by taped music.
After that, he purchased a Hilton sound system and microphone and
jumped into learning how to call.
Vic started calling the challenge level in November 1981 and
currently calls Basic through C4. He has taught classes at all
levels from Basic through C3B.
Vic, a self-taught caller, has never attended a caller's school as a
student (whether this is good or bad is debatable). However, he has
taken about six months of weekly voice lessons, and has learned
calling skills from observing other callers and listening to
criticism and comments made by callers and dancers. Vic's mentors
are Johnny Preston, Dave Hodson, and Lee Kopman.
He has called in 31 states, 8 countries (other than the USA),
and at the National Square Dance Convention in Birmingham
(1985), Houston (1987), Anaheim (1988), and Long Beach (2009).
Vic is currently a permanent staff caller with
(Academy for Advanced and Challenge Enthusiasts) and has been a
CALLERLAB member since 1989.
Debbie and Vic are the authors of "A Ceder Chest Of C3 Square
Dance Definitions", first published in Nov. 1990, "A Ceder Chest
Of C1 And C2 Square Dance Definitions", and "A Ceder Chest of A1
& A2 Square Dance Definitions." He has written several square
dance related programs for the IBM PC compatibles, notably the
Couple Rotation Program and the Ceder Square Dance System.
When they are not square dancing, Debbie and Vic enjoy East
Coast style swing dancing (i.e., Jitterbug) and round dancing.
Vic has played the piano since grade school, specializing in
Ragtime (Scott Joplin and that crowd).
Caitlyn, Debbie and Vic's daughter, is in her first year at
University of California, Santa Barbara, and also square
dances at the challenge level.