Shirts & Skirts

Square, Round and Line Dance Club

Our Cuers

Richard & Jo Anne Lawson
Richard & Jo Anne Lawson
  • Met on a blind date in 1952. They dated and danced 5-6 nights/week until Richard got drafted in ’52. After basic training, they married and still danced 3-4 nights/week. Friday night was always Square Dance night.
  • began Round Dancing seriously in 1970, joined a club, began teaching on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday nights in ’74, while attending out-of-town Square & Round Dance Festivals on weekends.
  • Jo Anne wrote most of their Exibitions, as well as more than 160 Round dances to teach at festivals. More than 50 of those were voted “Top Ten” for the entire Round/Square Dance world. Four of her dances are “All Time Golden Classics”: Gazpacho Cha, Night Train, Woodchopper’s Ball, Kiss Me Goodbye Rumba.
  • have been featured instructors at more than 150 festivals, clinics, and National Square and Round Dance Conventions, as well as being Round Dance Chairpersons for the 1985 National Square Dance Convention held in Birmingham. They have taught in most of the 50 states, plus many Canadian provinces, Bermuda, Mexico, Germany, & New Zealand. Favorite teaching spots are Fontana, NC, Red River New Mexico, Washington D.C., and Las Vegas, NV.
  • In 1997, they retired from traveling, but continue teaching for J&R Rounds, and cuing for Shirts and Skirts since 1981.
  • Richard is an avid tennis player, having been ranked #1 in Alabama in Singles & Doubles, as well as being #1 in the Southern Section (9 states). He has been in the Top Ten nationally 4 out of the last 10 years & in 2011 was #4 in the nation in Singles.
  • Richard has made silver and turquoise Indian jewelry for the last 20 yrs, and keeps Jo Anne busy trying to find something to wear with all that jewelry!
  • says that Square & Round dancing are the best activities for fun, fellowship, and exercise in the world today.