|Profile of Andrea Priest|
started cueing in 1999. Since that time she has become a very
popular cuer who cues for dances and clubs in Canada,
the United States.
In the summer of 1999 Andrea took a T & D Cuers clinic at Brock University, under the direction of Ray & Ivy Hutchinson.
During the summer, when their schedule allows, Andrea and Jeff round dance in Oakville with Bob & Betty Beck. Bob has been a great mentor to Andrea and has often asked her to cue at his summer dances. ( which she thoroughly enjoys )
Andrea and her husband Jeff ran Dudes 'n Dolls Square Dance club in Toronto, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in November 2006, Jeff called and Andrea cued rounds. The Dudes 'n Dolls ceased dance activities in December 2008. They also call and cue for the Royal City Squares in Guelph, since 1993, which is a Plus Teach club. In addition they started a new club Jubilee Rounds in St. Jacobs and are running a program for new dancers and Ph: II / IV dancers. She started cueing rounds in their home clubs in September of 1999 and has been cueing regularly since then. They teach "basic" rounds to the new beginner dancers and she cues square dance rounds and Ph II & III rounds to the other groups. The Guelph club has a Round Dance Teach from 7:30 - 8:00 prior to Squares. She also cues rounds throughout the evening.
Andrea really enjoys the rounds and it has been said that she is a "natural". Her timing is excellent and her voice and clarity are a pleasure to dance to.
Andrea works on both Round Dance Festivals and Square & Round Dance Festivals. In May of 2001 & 2002 she was on staff at the "Jubilee" in Brantford.
In July 2001 Andrea attended the "East Coast Cuers College" in Salem, New Hampshire (Class Photo) with Ralph & Joan Collipi & Barbara & Wayne Blackford. This education has helped to enhance her teaching skills and give her the opportunity to unfold her abilities as a Round Dance Cuer.
Andrea has become a popular cuer in a very short period of time. In addition to being booked on the Jubilee Round Dance Festival, she has also been booked on several Square & Round dance festivals as the staff round dance cuer (with and without Jeff as a staff caller) performing the round dance parties and cueing rounds between the squares, Andrea also cues for Camp and Dance weekends.
Andrea has always been very involved in the activity and the running of their home clubs.
Jeff joined Toronto and District Square and Round Dance Association ( T & D ) in 1977. Since that time he and Andrea, have served ten terms on the executive in various capacities including Presidents for 98-99 & 99-2000 dance seasons. Jeff and Andrea continue to serve as program Chaircouple on the T & D Convention Committee and have held that position since 1994. They also serve as Business Managers for the Convention and have done since 2001. Andrea has successfully organized and run two fashion shows for the T & D's Conventions.
During the mid 80's Andrea and Jeff were instrumental in organizing a dance-a-thon for the Jerry Lewis MD Telethon held on Labour Day weekend. This dance was part of the Telethon for five years and Jeff and Andrea worked on the committee and participated in the dance for all five years.
Andrea and Jeff became members of the South Western Ontario Square and Round Dance Association (SWOSDA) in 1992 when they moved to Brantford. They are active members and volunteer to cue/call at the monthly dances as much as their schedule allows. Recently they have become directors on the executive and have assumed the responsibility of booking callers and preparing the schedule for the monthly dances. They also held the position of program Chaircouple for the 2008 Canadian National held in London, Ontario and hosted by SWOSDA.
Andrea and Jeff are very honoured to be Staff Escorts for Hays Travel Inc. They are really looking forward their European Trip in June 2005. They have also enjoyed escorting two trips to Portugal in 2001 and 2003. . Hay's know Square Dancers and how to spoil them! (See events page)
The Priests reside in Brantford, Ontario.
Two of their four sons square dance (one, Mike, has even tried his hand at calling and took a T & D Callers Clinic in 1999 and hopes to get more involved in the calling aspect when he is done university.). The boys hope they will find the joy and friendships that their parents have found in square dancing - either calling or dancing.
Andrea is a current member in good standing with: