Richard & Jo Anne Lawson
DO YOU KNOW RICHARD & JO ANNE ...
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.
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.