In the mid
1970's, Karl and Helen Edwards, Lawrence, KS began Karl's Klinic, a weekend
school for square dance callers. Karl
was an accredited CALLERLAB Caller Coach
and many prospective callers from Kansas and surrounding states attended the
school. Several of these attendees are still calling today. Karl and Helen
ceased their school in the early 1980's.
In the mid
1980's, Dana Schirmer was concerned with the lack of newer callers entering the
calling profession and, having attended one of Karl's first schools, confronted
Karl about assisting with an annual school. Karl and Helen agreed with the
understanding that the first year Karl would be the Director and Dana the
Assistant Director. The second year Dana would be the Director and Karl would be
the Assistant Director. The name chosen for the new school structure was Kaw
Valley Caller School. The first year was a success and they were beginning to
prepare for the second year when Karl had a fatal heart attack leaving Dana to
carry on the tradition of the school.
The school is
structured for newer callers and those that have an interest in calling but are
not sure they have the talent. The schedule is the unique part of the school.
Other callers schools are four to five days long and become very intense
especially for newer callers. Kaw Valley is set up as a series of weekends with
homework during the week to allow students the opportunity to formulate
questions and work on their assignments without being overwhelmed with an
intense schedule. Kaw Valley provides individual assistance, guidance and
information that gives the attendees the tools to begin their calling career.
Normally the school covers three to four weekends and is far less expensive than
attending other schools.
needs new callers to continue our activity. Even if you do not want to become a
club callers there are many needs for people to teach lesson for clubs, help in
schools, 4-H's, and do local demonstrations. If you have the interests, Kaw
Valley can help you determine whether you are able to call.
Our next class
will be in June 4 - 8, 2019. Please contact Dana by email at
SchirmerDJ@aol.com or by
phoning 785.554.7221 about the schedule, times, cost and class location. Also