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Canadian National 2008 in London, Ontario

Jerry and Bonnie

Canadian National 2010 in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Canadian National 2006 in Montreal, Quebec

The Jingle Bell Ball 2010, Welland, Ontario

Happy Holly Daze 2007, Niagara Falls, NY

Jerry and Bonnie are accomplished round dance leaders, teachers, cuers and choreographers who have been part of the round dance movement since 1984. Jerry and Bonnie met at a square dance and took up round dancing the following summer.

In 1990, at the suggestion of round dance leader Tom Newby, Jerry took a cuers course offered by the Toronto and District Square and Round Dance Association and soon established the first of his clubs - Shamrock Rounds. Jerry and Bonnie have taught rounds for the Oakville Square Dance Club and Royal City Squares in Guelph. In 2004 they were asked to take over the Melody Rounds Dance Club in Burlington where they teach Phase 4, 5 and 6 on Friday nights. In 2008, they became leaders of the newly formed London Harmony Rounds, dancing Phase 3, 4 and 5.

Jerry and Bonnie have also taught and cued rounds at numerous special dances, weekend camporees, festivals and Conventions in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Michigan and New York. They have taught and cued at over 20 Conventions.

Jerry and Bonnie also contribute to the round dance movement by acting as Round Dance Programmers for the annual Toronto and District Square and Round Dance International Convention at the University of Guelph and for the Western Ontario Weekend held each June in London. In 2005 they were honoured to be asked to serve as Round Dance Programmers for the 2008 Canadian National Square and Round Dance Convention hosted by SWOSDA.

They have served on the executive of the Toronto and District Square and Round Dance Association where they held the positions of Vice President, Round Dance Chair and Convention Registrar. The Callens have been a member of T&D since 1990. Jerry created and is webmaster for the popular T&D Website.

Jerry and Bonnie hold memberships in the Toronto and District Square and Round Dance Association, the Ontario Square and Round Dance Federation, the Canadian Square and Round Dance Society, the International Choreographed Ballroom Dance Association, formerly URDC and Roundalab. He is licensed to perform by SOCAN.

Since 1990, they have choreographed over twenty five dances at the Phase 2, 3, 4, and 5 levels. Jerry was one of the first local cuers to use digital music on his computer for clubs and cueing events, and as Round Dance Programmer, he initiated cue sheet CD's to be included with Convention Syllabi. He also manages their own website.

Jerry brings over 30 years of teaching experience to his hobby. He is a retired high school math and science teacher and holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Engineering from the University of Guelph. Bonnie, a former Archivist, is now retired from the Wellington County Museum and Archives and holds a Bachelor Degree in History from the University of Waterloo and a Masters Degree from the University of Guelph. In their spare time, they enjoy ballroom dancing and traveling the country in their motorhome. Jerry's other hobbies include gardening and computers. Bonnie, a former cub leader, enjoys reading novels and collecting Depression Glass and British royalty memorabilia.