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Brent & Therese Mawdsley

Caller couple of the Plus level evening with 25 years of experience having established himself as a former teen caller, having been an award winner at the 1982 Pacific Northwest Teen Festival.  Brent brings to an evening of dancing, a variety of specific theme events.

 

 Heather Wallace

Cuer of choreograph ballroom dancing (better known as round dancing) has been recruited by the Swinging Singles for teaching the basics of the choreography and prompting the dancers through each specific selection of dances with her professionalism.  Heather has many years of experience since the days as a youngster in the teen clubs and a number of years at the Pacific Northwest Teen Festival, including being awarded as the top caller at the 1999 Festival.

The new square dance season of 2015/16 will find Heather commence the teaching of members of the New Dancer class, the art of dancing in teams of 8 for fitness and exercise, in addition to calling to the Mainstream level of square dancing.

 Armand Genest 

 Armand was instrumental in establishing a square dance club for unattached individuals in the Greater Vancouver area after relocating from Calgary where he had been a member of the Swinging Singles of Calgary.  He and Frank Navritil got together with a few other friends to organise a steering committee in the Autumn of 1968.  After many committee meetings, the organisers were finally able to rent the gymnasium of Nootka School for January 22, 1969.  That very day resulted in a very stormy and snowy day.  The leaders had misgivings about going forward with opening night.  Much to their surprise, 100 brave souls arrived on the door step of the school gymnasium.