Vic Ceder

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.

Source: February 2014 Trailblazer newsletter

Page updated: 2014-01-31