Rebel square dance caller Gary is a man on a musical mission

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ACCREDITED square dance caller Gary Petersen is reinvigorating square dancing in southern Tasmania.

Last century there were many square dance clubs in the Hobart area, but most have now closed.

With more than 25 years’ experience as a sought-after square dance caller, Gary recently moved to Hobart with a plan to get people away from their TVs and computers and onto the dancefloor to try “one of the best social activities around”.

Often described as “fun and friendship set to music”, square dancing is a non- competitive interactive dance that involves eight dancers working together to solve the puzzle the caller delivers.

The more calls the dancers know the more the caller has to work with, creating fun and intrigue.

Gary and his wife started square dancing in Queensland in 1994, and he was instantly hooked. He soon started calling and then teaching square dancing, and by 2017 was calling up to nine sessions per week at four different clubs – a total of about 24 hours of calling weekly.

He has called at festivals and conventions all across Australia, and overseas in Germany and New Zealand.

Gary likes to use a broad range of music when calling and is particularly known for using upbeat tracks and dance remixes, earning him the nickname ‘the Rebel Caller’.

Now he is hoping to reintroduce square dancing to the Hobart community and remove the stigma associated with the activity.

He is planning to start a group at Moonah’s Caledonian Society Hall on Tuesday nights at 7.30pm, before expanding into other areas in Hobart early next year.

Anyone interested in learning square dancing can contact Gary on 0499088680 or email therebelcaller@gmail. com

As Gary says, “dare to be square, it’s fun with flair!”

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