Hello sailor! ECR gets nautical at our first potluck dance of 2020, with Three of a Kind (Mike Pogue, Regina Schulz, James Thompson) calling. Great turnout, lots of good food, and fun dancing!
A good turnout as ECR held its first-ever Wednesday Fun Night at St. Andrews, with Michael Levy calling a variety of mixer dances along with square dance basics, wrapping up with a couple of full Plus tips for the regulars.
Rob French was our featured caller at the November Fun Night, giving the dancers a taste of ballroom dancing as well as square dance fundamentals.
Rob was back the following week for ECR's second annual APD/DBD Workshop, coaching five squares of dancers on the intricacies of All Position Dancing and Dancing by Definition.
Lots of fabulous costumes at ECR's Reeler Madness Halloween Ball, with great calling by the incomparable Vic Ceder.
Our October Fun Night at the Billy DeFrank LGBTQ+ Center in San Jose featured Kurt Gollhardt teaching square dance basics and a lively Indian "Dandiya" folk dance done with tasseled sticks.
ECR members and friends spend the evening on their own desert island, dancing to The Skipper (aka caller Darren Gallina) as he plays the theme from "Gilligan's Island" and other nautical tunes.
Congratulations to ECR's Allan Hurst on receiving the prestigious Golden Boot Award, the highest honor of the gay square dancing world, at this year's IAGSDC Convention in Philadelphia. Allan was chosen by last year's winners, Barry and Pam Clasper, for his work on the IAGSDC History Wiki, the Gay Callers Association's Call Sheet newsletter, and so much more. Well done, Allan!
We had a big turnout for our A2 Graduation celebration. Dancers from ECR and other local clubs came out to celebrate with the new grads, and dance to our caller/instructors Michael Levy, Dave Decot and Kurt Gollhardt. Speechifying, diplomas and cake, and review instructor Allan Hurst brought the donuts.
On June 1, ECR made its debut at the first-ever Filoli Pride at the beautiful Filoli Gardens in Woodside, dancing on a shady patio with Kurt Gollhardt calling. Lots of audience participation, including a troop of Brownie Scouts getting their first taste of square dancing.
Two weeks later on June 15, we put on a show at the San Mateo Pride Festival (our seventh appearance) with Rich Reel calling. We started with an on-stage demo tip, then wento out into the audience to encourage festival-goers - and their kids - to join us.
El Camino Reelers welcomed two new members on Wednesday, May 8 when Mike and Dawn completed the Mainstream program. The graduation ceremony included diplomas, some silly dances, and, of course, cake.
The Force was strong in the galaxy as El Camino Reelers celebrated Star Wars Day with caller Gary Monday, aka Princess Mary Wanna Leia!
El Camino Reelers went back to the Billy DeFrank LGBTQ+ Community Center in San Jose for our April Fun Night. Caller Kurt Gollhardt taught a three-couple not-quite square dance -- and the Hully Gully!
Folks from many clubs came out for ECR's Woodstock-themed Friday potluck featuring "3 of a Kind" callers Mike Pogue, Regina Schultz, and James Thompson. Lots of tie-dye, lots of food, lots of fun. The dance was also a farewell to longtime ECR board co-chair Lynn Ashmall, who has been in charge of the Friday Potluck series, and intrepid photographer Ken Seibert, who will soon be leaving the Bay Area. We'll miss you both!
Mardi Gras comes back to Palo Alto with a fun-filled appearance by caller Bill Eyler from Palm Springs. Great dancing, lots of costumes and beads aplenty!
Guest caller Darren Gallina gets the dancers circling at ECR's February Fun Night.
ECR goes back to the Billy DeFrank LGBTQ Community Center for an evening of square dancing, line dancing, and general frivoloity with caller Kurt Gollhardt.
Caller Rob French returns to show Reelers and friends how to do the Two-Step at our December Fun Night.
ECR members doing the roller coaster as we Spin Chain and Exchange the Gears at ECR's last potluck of the year, with caller Rich Reel. Good food, good friends, good dancing!
Yo ho ho! El Camino Reelers hoist the Jolly Roger for their pirate-themed Halloween Ball as caller Bronc Wise gave No Quarter to the dancers. Great costumes, great decorations, and a whole lot of fun. Shiver me timbers, matey!
ECR held its second Fun Night at the Billy DeFrank Center in San Jose with caller Harlan Kerr.
ECR welcomed our GREEN Blast Class graduates with diplomas and silly square dance games. And cake, of course!
Everything was beautiful at ECR's fall potluck. Big turnout (including a lot of our new Plus grads), great food, and top-notch calling by club caller Michael Levy.
ECR's GREEN Blast Class wrapped up the PLUS curriculum at the Billy DeFrank LGBTQ Community Center in San Jose. Kurt Gollhardt was the instructor.
ECR Fun Nights return to St. Andrews as caller Michael Levy pumps up the energy with a mixer dance.
Big turnout on a hot summer night for our "Star Across Summer" quarterly dance with caller Darren Gallina.
ECR dancers promote the Gay Square Dance Agenda, pulling bystanders into a demo tip at the first-ever "Out at the Fair" LGBTQ night at the Santa Clara County Fair. Kurt Gollhardt was our caller for the evening.
ECR takes its monthly Fun Night program to the Billy deFrank LGBTQ Community Center in San Jose. Caller Kurt Gollhardt introduced the group to the Virginia Reel and a variety of other novel dances, as well as beginning square dance moves.
ECR members whoop it up onstage at San Mateo Pride. Rich Reel was our caller. We also had a booth where we spread the word about our Fun Nights to potential dancers.
ECR welcomed guest caller Eric Henerlau to our June Fun Night. Along with square dance basics, Eric taught some easy line dances like the Electric Slide ("If you've been to a wedding, you've done this.") and the "Wild Wild West" barn dance (an ECR fave).
ECR welcomed its 2018 "Green" Blast Class graduates with diplomas and speechifying, and cake. Caller Michael Levy led the group in silly square dance games. And did we mention cake?
ECR kicks off Pride month at the Santa Cruz Pride Parade. Caller Rich Reel and banner carriers James Thompson and Susan Grieger show off our new club banner before we dance our way down Pacific Avenue to cheering crowds.
Kurt Gollhardt was the caller at our June potluck and dance. Plenty of good food and decorations, and all levels of dancing to Kurt's collection of ocean-themed music, with a grand finale of "Octopus's Garden".
Lots of new faces at our May Fun Night. Michael Levy introduced the crowd to square dancing... and some Jewish folk dances. Hava Nagila!
Love was in the air on April 28 at our romance-themed "Walk & Dodge into Spring" dance. Sacramento sweethearts Scot and Erin Byars were the featured caller and cuer.
Cowboy up! Kurt Gollhardt teaches a line dance at ECR's April Fun Night.
ECR held back-to-back dances on Friday and Saturday, February 23 and 24. First up was our monthly no-experience-required Fun Night with Kurt Gollhardt calling squares, Sicilian Circles, and a Quadrille! The next evening was our quarterly theme dance, the Black & White Ball featuring Jet Roberts calling Plus, A2 and a couple of SSD-50 (class-level) tips. Something for everyone!
A bewitching evening of dancing, costumes and gooey treats at ECR's Halloween Ball with caller Michael Kellogg.
The fourth in our series of "Fun Nights" (no-experience-needed dance parties) featured our own Senior Club Caller, Rich Reel. Rich taught some basic square dance moves including the awe-inspiring, death-defying "Grand Square", and kept the crowd laughing with his snappy patter. He gave some basic lessons in the Waltz and reprised the "Wild Wild West" mixer dance that Michael Levy presented at last month's Fun Night.
ECR held the second in its series of "Fun Nights" (no-experience-needed dance parties) featuring Arlene Kaspik who flew in all the way from Chicago to call for us.
The Age of a-SQUARE-ius started off, appropriately enough, with a bit of chaos when Reelers and friends arrived to find the church occupied by another group. But we partied on and danced outside on a beautiful summer evening.
Caller Kris Jensen and cuer Sharon Parker played a stellar collection of Sixties music, and dancers came dressed in tie-dye, flowers, and peace symbols, with a lot of vintage Sixties paraphernalia. No time to decorate the hall, but it didn't matter -- WE were the decoration! Watch the video below and see for yourself.
ECR kicked off a series of "Fun Nights" -- no-experience-needed dance parties -- with the return of long-ago ECR caller Andy Shore.
Andy called a variety of dances - squares, mixers, contras - and kept the crowd buzzing with novelties like this dance for groups of 5 people:
New Plus grads Mary and John cut the cake to celebrate their graduation on June 21 in a ceremony that included diplomas, speechifying, and blindfolded square dancing.
El Camino Reelers danced in two Pride celebrations this year: San Mateo and Santa Cruz. Rich called for both events and encouraged onlookers to join us as we strutted our stuff for the crowd.
Reelers and friends came out to "Make Square Dancing Great Again" at our "Walk & Dodge into Spring" dance. A last-minute appearance by caller Gary Monday saved the day, cuer Kevin Klein rounded out the evening and a splendid time was had by all.
Big turnout, great costumes! Reelers and friends get down at the Mardi Gras Ho-Down with caller Bill Eyler and cuer Sue Harris.