|Mike Gormley began square dancing in 1980 learning Plus level
squares and Phase III rounds. In April 2011, he started dancing Advanced
level squares and is now dancing limited Challenge 1 since 2016.
He got a jump start, from 1982 to 1994, calling singing calls only
at "Amateur Caller Nights", guest tips at dances and camping square
Eventually in 1994, the Toledo Area Western Dance Leaders Association
in Ohio (TAWDLA), sponsored a volunteer mentorship program.
Out of 3 interested callers, Mike was the only one to finish the program.
His primary mentors were Phyllis Gilson of Adrian, Michigan
and Randy Stephenson from Walbridge, Ohio. He will be celebrating
25 years of calling in 2019.
Mike is a graduate of the week long Ed Foote Caller School (Pennsylvania)
in 1995 and the Midwest Callers School (Indiana) in 1999; Grand Square
International Callers School 2017 and 2019; and the Rocky Mountain
Round Dance Teachers College (Florida) in 2013. Mike also has
attended caller training seminars at national and state conventions;
the Michigan Square Dance Callers Association Fall Workshops (1995
and 1996); Rural Callers Association (Florida) in 2001; the Don Hanhurst
DBD seminar in 2003; Ken Ritucci Caller Clinic (Florida) in 2011;
Ross Howell Caller Clinic (Florida) in 2015; Tim Shoal Caller Clinic
(Florida) in 2019; Suncoast Callers and Cuers Round Dance Cuer Clinic
2017; two Ed Foote Caller Workshops 2012; Callerlab Conventions 2011-12-13-19;
Florida Callers Association Fall Caller Training Clinic 2013, 2014,
2015, 2016 and 2017; and Comedy Workshop at the Marathon Community
Theater in 2008.
Mike began calling full dances in 1995. He has called at five
U.S. Nationals, one Canadian National Convention, eight Ohio Dance
Conventions, one Michigan Square Dance Convention, three Florida Square
Dance Conventions, two West Virginia Square Dance Convention, one
Georgia State Square Dance Convention, local festivals, special dances
and is often asked to call a guest tip while dancing with various
clubs. His experiences include working with the dynamics of live bands,
including the Ghost Riders Square Dance Band.
Although Mr. Gormley calls thru Plus level and limited Advanced,
he believes Mainstream is the solution to square dancing's long term
needs. Therefore, when calling at the Mainstream level, he strives
to call an interesting mainstream material. One Night Stands
or party dances are also part of his qualifications and experiences.
Mike also offers Phase II rounds, line dances, contras and
mixers in his program. He has been know to throw in a yodel
or two in his calling. In 2012, he began cueing Phase II Rounds, two
step and waltz, for area clubs. .
In 1995, he joined the American Callers Association and in 2004 he
changed his membership to CALLERLAB as a Full Member.
He is currently serving on the following committees: Mainstream, Plus,
Community Dance, Caller Training, CALLERLAB 50 Call Sustainable Square
Dancing Initiative and Calling in Schools. Mike is ASCAP and
BMI licensed. Mike is a member of the Central Florida
Callers Association (2000), the South East Florida Callers and
Cuers Association (2004), the Suncoast Callers and Cuers Association
(2010) and the Florida Caller Association White Badge(2013).
He is a past member of the Toledo Area Western Dance Leaders
Association (1998 - 2004). He served or is serving the Suncoast Callers
and Cuers Association as Vice President for the 2011/2012, 2016/2017,
2017/2018 seasons, 2 year term as President for the 2012/2014 season,
and currently is the Treasurer 2019-2021.
Mr. Gormley teaches Plus and Mainstream level square dance
classes. He has either assisted in or has taught in at least
27 square dance classes and 3 round dance classes. His method
is to teach by the definition of the call and takes as much time as
necessary for a full understanding of those calls.
In April of 1998, Mike started an email list for Toledo, Ohio area
square and round dancers. It evolved into what now is know as
"SquareDanceToledo" on the Yahoo Groups server with approximately
80 members. He also runs and maintains 6 different web sites and mailing
lists associated with square dancing.
October 2001, Mike started a new caller run Mainstream
club in Central
Florida known as the "4-Corner Squares". The club was
passed on to Ted Hughes beginning in the Fall of 2004.
Also in April of 2004, Mike began the club calling duties of Plus
on Tuesdays and Mainstream on Thursdays for the Long Key Squares
in the Florida Keys. He also started the "Long_Key_Squares"
mailing list on Yahoo Groups. Mike retired as their club caller after
the 2010/2011 season, having moved to Central Florida.
In February of 2006, the "Key West Community Dancers" was
formed. Mike was asked to be the caller. With this dance group, new
dancers are welcome every dance day. The group disbanded after about
1 1/2 years of existence.
Mike has been the club caller/cuer for the Crystal Lake Squares in
Wauchula, FL since the 2013/2014 season.
He also started a new caller run club called the Tropical Twirlers
on Nov. 3, 2018 in Sebring, FL. Currently they are dancing Basic 2.
In December of 2002, Mike was asked to assist in making a
television commercial for kids ages 9 to 13 years old. It was a
joint venture between
"The Center for Disease Control and VERBNOW.COM". The
emphasized the verb "swing" and the square dance call "swing" is to be
in the commercial along with other forms of "swing" found on a tennis
baseball field, and on children's playgrounds. The
commercial aired during the 2003 calendar year on the ABC, NBC, CBS,
and Warner Brothers television networks.
From 1999, Mike and his wife sold their home and began a new life
style called "Full Time RV'ing". For 12 years they traveled
the country in their RV while working short term jobs and enjoying
life. In April 2011, he and his wife, Colleen, moved into a
mobile home in Sebring, FL. They will continue their RV'ing in the
Summer months and seek nation wide bookings.
Give him a call. (No pun intended!)