Welcome!

I am Ken Gall, dance caller--aka Ken the Caller.  My high spirits and affirming approach to dance, (and to life) create a lot of smiles and happy memories. Click my name on you tube for examples of what I do. Contact me at ken@kenthecaller.com, or call 317-750-7892. 

I've called contra, English Country, Civil War era dances, square dances, wedding dances, barn dances, and similar stuff hundreds of times from coast to coast over the last ten years. I'm intentionally cutting back some, hoping to travel a bit less and call more dances for churches, schools, universities, weddings, festivals, and other special events in or near central Indiana.  I really enjoy calling barn dances, where even people with no dance experience can get involved with only brief instruction, and have a great time. I also have great fun calling for dances where there are a hundred or more mostly experienced dancers with high expectations.

I call a variety of dances that are often compared to weekend programs called by well known callers, and some of these national "first tier" callers have copied dances I call, and even some that I have written.  I've called to all kinds of live music, from old time-y, Celtic or Quebecois jigs and reels to swing tunes, pop music, and sometimes even a classical riff or two.  I've called with once a month volunteer bands and with a number of nationally known musicians, or with CD's for low budget events at schools and churches.  If you haven't experienced contra dancing, here's a hint, from a poem by Carol Tyx:
  
                We line up two by two, ready
                to step out of our ordinary lives...
   
                It's life as it's meant to be
                where we take the world in our arms
                up and down the line, welcoming one another 
                home again and again.

I'd be glad to call for for your community's scheduled contra or English dance, for a weekend, or a wedding, birthday or fundraiser. There is more on the following pages.