Copyright 1983-2018 © Rick Hampton
Square Dance Caller-Weekend Traveling-Basic thru C1- Parties
Recording Artist for Square Dance Music
My Recent Health - Nearly 6 years after a successful Liver Transplant, My Kidneys were failing (not unexpected from the anti-rejection meds)- I also was thought to have Pneumonia. Well it was Kidney Failure and congestive heart failure- Just wrapped up some 34 days in hospital care.
Due to HemoDialysis and appointments I now have to cut way back on traveling- For now ALL Friday enents are canceled or being moved - This will change in 2019 I hope.- Thank You!!
My Career- I am a Professional Square Dance Caller and Recording Artist- I own and produce Fine Tune ,SharpShooter Youth Music , Happy Tracks and GoldWing Square Dance Labels. I am the artist on the top selling records : I Think we're alone now,Freebird, Ventura Highway, Bad Time, Song Sung Blue, Tune Up, Old Fashioned Love Song, I Can't get no Satisfaction, Spanish eyes , Cover of the Rolling Stone, Common Man and Many More!
I have been featured as the Caller of the Month-in Sets in Order, The official Magazine of The American Society of Square Dancing,-(Feb. 1985 Issue). I have served on the Callerlab MS, Advanced and Record Producer committees to name a few as well as teaching numerous successful caller's schools.
After some 25 years in broadcasting (12 years of which I also kept up a fulltime Calling schedule) I retired from broadcasting and I am calling full time, A GCA member as well as a member of Callerlab- During the week I call for an A2 group, a MS group , a New dancer Class and a DBD Plus Class. I am traveling I would love to talk with you about a date Please give me a call at 559-909-1232 and we'll set one up! .(I am also available for emergency fill in on a limited basis-Call me)
My Teaching Philosophy- I believe that Square Dancing is a fun, Family activity that is suitable for Most folks. I teach calls by their accepted definition and work them from many formations to insure success when you go DANCE somewhere else. My biggest reward is to hear you say "We were having fun and Dancing and not breaking down at .."(Another caller's dance) I am thankful to hear this frequently. I also think that new dancers must be retained and work very hard at this goal even if it breaks with the "we have always done this way -so what if it doesn't work approach" many clubs sadly have. I have had tremendous success in the area of Dancer retention over the years and will work with your group to "Keep 'em coming back "
My Calling Philosophy- I believe that Calling interesting ,"Non-Vanilla" yet non impossible ,Choreography in an up-tempo presentation with well produced , quality music brings a fresh approach to a time tested activity. I believe that every dancer should be able to be taught to dance to a variety of callers I believe that dancers have the right to choose where they will have the most fun and I encourage them to support those groups. I believe that Square Dancing is undergoing an image crisis and I'm actively working to improve the situation. I believe to survive we must change as the future dancers have not been willing to do it "our way". A quicker entry level is a must, and I actively work on such a group.Club 50 is the only way to rebuild!
My Personal Philosophy- I believe that my family (My lovely wife Lynn and 2 my GREAT daughters, Jessica and Cassie and My Grandsons Demitri, Landon ,Lucas and Granddaughter Addelyn ,my career and my life are a gift from GOD and thank him daily for these and so many more blessings I have been given. I also get to hang with these weekly.
My Health- I received a Liver Transplant 2/28-3/1/13 and by the grace of GOD, My Wife Lynn and family, A wise beyond his years young man named "A.R" and his family,along with thousands of prayers- I'm OK- Still gaining ground to new normal.- 9/2018 Update -Triple Bypass, Heart Attack and Hemodialysis all mean less travel.