Calling square dances has been a full time occupation for Mike
Callahan since 1974. He maintains a successful home program
in the Rochester, NY area calling regularly for 5 clubs,
beginners’ classes through C-1, square dance parties, camps,
weddings and corporate events. During his calling career he
has traveled for special dances, weekends and festivals in 20 states
and internationally in Canada, Germany and Australia. He
has taught a beginners’ class in Modern Western Square Dancing
every year since 1972 and was on staff at Ken Ritucci’s Callers
School in Massachusetts for 3 years.
Since 1978, Mike has been busily involved in teaching square
dancing in the Monroe County area school Physical Education programs
(K-12). This has become a significant part of his
successful calling business. One high school in Fairport,
NY, has Mike for its annual “Showdown Hoedown” square
dance competition. This event attracts over 40 squares of
high school students every year.
Mike has been an active member of CALLERLAB, the International
Association of Square Dance Callers since 1976 and is currently
serving on the Board of Governors. He is past chairman of
the Advanced Dancing Committee and is currently active with the
Mainstream and Advanced Dancing Committees.
Mike has recorded singing calls for Red Boot Star and C Bar C
records and currently is a recording artist for Silver Sounds
Mike lives in Spencerport, NY with his lovely wife
Wanda. They have 3 grown children and 5 grandchildren.
Mike has made two singing call recordings:
“You Put the Blue in Me” (C
Bar C Records) and “ I’d Do It All Over
Again” (Red Boot Star Records)