Hunter Keller had been around square dancing all of his life, having been dragged from dance to dance by his grandparents and parents. After the death of his grandfather – his hero – in 2002, Hunter decided that he wanted to do something that would always remind him of his grandfather, and decided to start taking square dance lessons in 2004. A mere six months later, with encouragement from the caller teaching him how to dance, George Moore, he picked up a microphone and began calling.
Hunter called his first festival in July of 2007 in California. He has called in almost all 50 states while also traveling to Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Sweden and Taiwan to call. Hunter has been staff on square dance land and cruise vacations to various locations around the world as well.
In 2010, with the guidance of Larry and Susan Sperry, Hunter began to cue round dancing. Hunter currently cues through phase 4.
After the death of his grandmother, Shirley, in January of 2014, Hunter, along with the help of Grand Square Inc. (GSI), formed the Frank & Shirley Leenknecht Caller's Scholarship Fund. Hunter believes that this fund will not only help preserve the memory of his grandparents, but also help callers, which is what Frank & Shirley loved to do. This fund will continue to honor their memory and their wishes.
Hunter’s influences include, first and foremost, his grandparents, Frank & Shirley Leenknecht, his father and mother, Dave & Tina Keller, plus many renowned callers and cuers from around the world.
Hunter currently resides in Billings, Montana. He is a ten-year 4-H alumni, a former 4-H leader, and a former Jaycees Member. Hunter credits many life skills that he has learned throughout the past 15 years to 4-H and says that, if it were not for that program, he would not be where he is today.
TJ Chadd began square dancing in 1975 with a teen group in Boise, Idaho, began round dancing in 1980. TJ has danced where ever she’s lived, spending time in North Carolina; Okinawa, Japan; and Utah before returning to her hometown of Boise, Idaho in 1991. It was while she was living in Okinawa in 1984 that a cuer friend handed her a microphone, some records and offering much encouragement, asked her to give cueing and teaching a try.
Bruce caught the square dance bug in 1995 after attending a square dance on a blind date and sitting on the sidelines
watching everyone else dance with his date all night. That fall he joined beginning classes at 3 different square dance clubs, determined not to sit on the sidelines ever again. They were introduced by mutual friends in 1996 and what started out as “just dance partners” turned into much more and they were married in April, 1999.
Bruce and TJ cue and teach phases II through V. TJ began teaching in 1984. Since TJ and Bruce began teaching together in 1997, they have taught and cued at several National, Roundalab and USA West Square Dance Conventions. They have also had the pleasure of being featured cuers at several western states events. They have also choreographed several
round dances, having the honor of three of them being selected as ROUNDALAB Rounds of the Quarter ("Hope" Ph III Waltz, "All The Stars In The Sky" Ph II Waltz, and “Cheek to Cheek” Ph IV Foxtrot).
TJ and Bruce are 25 year members of ROUNDALAB. They serve as officers and on the Board of Directors for Roundalab, Intermountain Square and Round Dance Association, and the Idaho Federation of the Square and Round Dance Clubs. Other dance organization memberships include International Choreographed Ballroom Dance Association and Dixie Round Dance Council.
When not involved with dancing (or working), they enjoy traveling, fishing, paper crafting, reading and spending as much time as they can with their families (including 10 grandchildren ... how fun is that!).
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