Loretta McKinney is a Michigan square dance caller who specializes in teaching easy square dances, circle dances and longways set dances to people who have little or no dance experience. Her friendly, easy-going style and clear explanations get everybody moving quickly and ensure everyone has a lot of fun. Loretta's fee includes a professional quality sound system and recorded music. She can also provide a live band for an additional fee. House parties, graduations, barn dances, hoedowns, hay rides, school groups, church groups, scout groups, wedding receptions and historic events are all great places to include old-time dancing.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 60 - 240 minutes
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What to Expect
Clients can expect a variety of dances beginning with the easiest and increasing to slightly less easy. All dances are selected with the intention that guests will succeed at them and have fun. Most dances can be danced by any combination of persons; gent/lady couples are not a requirement. The ability to tell left hands from right hands IS a requirement. All figures of every dance are explained with directions in plain English and a minimum of "dance lingo." Loretta McKinney is professional in appearance and demeanor. She arrives in time to set up her equipment without interfering with other events that may be on the program.
Loretta McKinney started playing hammered dulcimer in 1989 and started dancing in 1990. She started playing for dances in 1992 and started teaching squares, circles, longways sets, contras and old-time dances in 2007. Loretta enjoys and excels at teaching non-dancers how to dance. She teaches beginners what to do using plain English with a minimum of "dance lingo." Loretta can provide a sound system and recorded music or a live band, whichever best suits the client's needs. Loretta can perform in a dress, "business casual" attire, Western wear or Civil War era historic clothing. Clients enjoy working with Loretta because she recognizes that she is there to insure their event is a success and works to accommodate their needs.
Upcoming Booked Events
|June 30, 2018 • 6:00pm - 8:30pm||Reunion|
Circle dances such as La Bastringue, Pat A Cake Polka
Longways sets such as Virginia Reel, Opera Reel
Triplets such as The Margate Hoy
Contras such as Haste To The Wedding, Johnny Appleseed
Squares such as Solomon Levi, Red River Valley, Hot Time In The Old Town
Influences & Inspiration
Glen Morningstar, Phil Jamison, Roger Simpson, Richard Wild