Council Officers

Judi Read - Chair

I began Square Dancing with Wandering Stars on my return from University,
and met Rounds initially as Intro sessions with Alan & Joyce Sherriffs at the
Funstitute holidays. 

I was encouraged to try cueing at the Outlaws and Sweeping Broomes SD clubs, and interest from local dancers led to the formation of Scarlet Ribbons RDC in 1991.

Meanwhile the Cuers section of SDCCGB had been formed, giving me access to the help and information I needed to improve my dancing, cueing and teaching.

1995 was an eventful year in which I attended the Goss seminar in Germany, with a number of other Cuers; undertook Accreditation as a Cuer and Teacher and received the Harry Preston award. 

Since then I have worked to increase the depth and breadth of my own skills, while trying to give
back to the activity by mentoring and helping to train less experienced Cuers, within Cuers section
and more recently the Round Dance Council. I enjoy choreography, cueing & teaching at events of
any size and the stimulation of attending training events and European dance events, when possible.

Stephen Pearson - Vice Chair

I learnt to dance squares and rounds back in the late 70's with my parents.  I came back to rounds seven years ago after taking a break from dancing.  Having returned I was encouraged to take up cueing to help support my local club.

During the last few years I have been involved in a number of projects with callers club and BAASDC developing new solutions to support squares and rounds.  

At present I have a cueing partnership with Suzanne Baldry as the club cuers for Whirl & Twirl Round Dance Club.

Jill Woodall – Secretary

Jill started square and round dancing in South London in 1976 at a local authority evening class run by Bruno and Betty Freddi, who then invited the class to join their club, Circle 8. Once Jill discovered there was a whole world of dancing out there, she wasn’t content with just dancing once a week, so started to attend other clubs too, including Southern Star in Surrey. It was there, around 1980, that it was decided together with club caller Keith Lovegrove, that Jill should try cueing some easy rounds between the square dance tips. As was fairly common in those days, she mostly cued Phase II twosteps and waltzes on clubnights, and after a while was asked also to run a separate evening to teach basic rounds for beginners.
About 1995, Jill decided she no longer had the necessary time to dedicate to cueing and teaching basic rounds, so gave up cueing on a regular basis. However, Jill still enjoys dancing both squares and rounds, although round dancing has always been her favourite. In 1996 Jill moved from London to Nottingham where, in addition to the many square dance clubs available in the area, she was delighted to be able to round dance twice a week to the cueing of both Jean Preston and Alan Sherriffs. At that time Jill felt she didn’t need to cue, although she realises the time may come when she may be required to start cueing again!

Paul Hart – Treasurer

In the early 1980's Paul learned to Round Dance under the teaching of Jan Farnell.

As Teresa's dancing partner over the years he has helped her develop an impressive training partnership. 

Today he continues to help during the Hart Workshops and has now become a proficient cuer within his own right.

Paul and Teresa continue to dance as often as possible while balancing there private and spare time.

Shirley Cox – Librarian
My Partner, Steve Sturgiss, and I, started Round Dancing with Scarlet Ribbons, Judi Wakeley's Club and graduated in 1997 in Two-Step and Waltz. Later in 1997 Steve was also able to extend his round dance education at GemStones with Sandra Higson while I started square dancing at ControundEights with Eric Webb. We both graduated Square Dancing in 1999.
In 2000 we had the opportunity to attend the Practice Phase Sessions with David and Valerie Marshall. It was here we really started to move into the more Ballroom Styling of Phase 4 Waltz and Foxtrot. We also spent time learning Paso-Doble and West Coast Swing, as well as improving our Rumba, Cha, Jive, Samba, Single Swing, Quick Step, and Slow two step.
With the encouragement of David and Valerie we started attending Phase 4/5 classes overseas.  
Our first adventure was to go to Sweden with Richard Lamberty in 2004. We were then hooked and have been to the Round and Square Dance week at Cham since 2005, and also the Eringerfeld Round Dance clinics with Michael and Regina Schmidt and Manuela and Karlheinz Suss. We also regularly attend the Round Dance Week events at Bodabaden on Oland, Sweden with Susie and Gert-Jan Rotscheid.
In 2008 we attended the Canadian Square and Round Dance Convention and there we 
started to gain a few phase 6 figures, which is a whole new challenge for us. Although we are trying to attend more events to improve our technique and figures for Round Dancing, we still enjoy dancing at all levels. We hope we can encourage other dancers in the UK that the higher levels 
are possible, and can be lots of fun as well.

Teresa Hart - Cuers Rep SDCCGB

I started dancing quite by accident at the tender age of 5 when I was dragged into a demo’ square to make up numbers during “Expo Steam” in Peterborough. I subsequently learned to do it properly at Shirts and Skirts in Ipswich, dancing with my parents. When an American couple (Jim & Ruth Price) were stationed at Bentwaters I took the opportunity to learn to Round Dance with my parents and my younger sister and we graduated as a family in 1979.

In 1984 I was approached by Buttons & Bows SDC and asked to teach their club to Round Dance. Using hastily sourced second-hand equipment and with a limited repertoire Red Rose RDC was formed and we began teaching to a class in excess of 20 couples in Kentford near Newmarket. To help me with my cueing I joined the Callers Club of Great Britain. I assisted with the introduction of a “Cuer’s Section” and became the first Cuer’s Representative. I also established the British Cuer and Teacher Accreditation scheme with help from Susie & Gert-Jan Rotscheid (Cuer’s Rep for ECTA).

Over the years I have had the honour of cueing at Festivals, Conventions, Jamborees and dance “Specials” throughout the U.K. and Europe, in particular at European Conventions in the U.K. and Germany.

Teresa has given many years to the round dancing community in the UK and recently returned as the Cuers Rep to the SDCCGB something she had done for many years.  Her example and teaching expertise have been invaluable.

Suzanne Baldry - Hall of Fame Officer & Cuers Rep SDCCGB

They often say that the unsung heroes are the ones in the shadows.  She is probably the most reluctant cuer in the country but she has always supported rounds and now cueing for Whirl & Twirl she has been able to demonstrate her talent as a cuer and teacher.

She is a dancer first but still finds time to support those that need help and guidance.