2007 Caller / Cuer Hall of Fame
Kenny started his career toward
calling as a country western singer. He and his wife Debbie started taking
square dance lessons in 1982. A few weeks into lessons he decided that
singing was singing whether it was in a band or as a caller, and decided to
become a caller rather than an idol on the country music charts. His
square dance instructor was very supportive of him and encouraged him by sending
records home with him to practice with. As he hadn't completed lessons
yet, he had no idea what the moves he was calling were, but the dancers had no
problem dancing and enjoyed him immensely. It wasn't long before he
dropped out of the band to gain fame as a well know and highly sought after
square dance caller. Wherever he called, the ladies screamed and swooned
as he called with his wonderful Garth Brooks voice.
As fate would have it, his
dance instructor and his wife were involved in a serious motorcycle accident
that landed him in the hospital. The caller had no doubt that this young
talented lad would become a great caller, and asked him to fill in at his summer
exhibitions. He called his first dance in Unionville in September 1983,
and gained the undivided support of the Tanglefoot Squares and the Little Dixie
Squares. In 1984 he became the club caller for the Mexico Twirlers.
He conducted his first class in Brunswick, Missouri, in 1984 and that lead to
the formation of the Grand River Squares of which he was their only club caller.
A fun-filled and fast paced
life giving lessons and calling dances has been this callers signature wherever
he and his wife go. He has taught lessons for the Peppy Promenaders, Beaux
and Bells, Tanglefoot Squares, Grand River Squares, Mexico Twirlers, and several
He has had a soft spot in his
heart for the youths in out communities. Each year he has taught 6 to 16
year old members of the 4-H clubs so they could perform at their annual awards
night. For 15 years, he has been a regular volunteer instructor instructor
in the Brookfield's R-III School's "Early American Days" introducing an unknown
number of fifth graders to square dancing.
This dedicated caller has
entertained countless residents of nursing homes in support of National Nursing
Home Week. His heart and soul has been directed to the entertainment of
our senior citizens as well as working with youth and promoting square dancing
through many varied community and private activities as a caller.
He has never once forgotten a
most important part of his live, his wife and family.
This caller has caller at
eight National Conventions and more importantly has called for 24 straight
Missouri State Festivals counting this one.
It is with great pleasure that
I read the proclamation announcing the Caller/Cuer Hall Of Fame inductee for
2007, Mr. Kenny Bailey.