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
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.