Bob Asp - Square Dance Caller
"For exercise, mind-body coordination, teamwork, fellowship, and fun,
square dancing offers an unexpected bounty of benefits!" EMR
"Focus and fun - that is what I love about Square Dancing." - RB
"So much fun I cannot wait for the next dance." - R. N.
"Love the exercise for mind & body and love the people
in class and at the dances. It's a blast!" - M.G.
Bob-Isms: "Don't turn around unless Bob tells you to!"
Bob-Isms: "Bob sees all!"
Bob-Isms: "Raining like a cow peeing on a flat rock!"
Bob-Isms: "They're not with their partners!"
Bob Asp started square dancing when he was 8 years old with the Turtle Squares of Oregon, Illinois. Bob’s parents had already been dancing for several years. School sports, especially basketball, and working part time at Kable Printing in Mt. Morris took him away from dancing. In addition, he spent three years in the US Army, part of that time stationed in Germany.
With his first wife, Bob took square dance lessons again in 1976 from caller Bill Peacock. For the class graduation, Mr. Peacock gave Bob a record and told him to practice and perform. He must have done well, since many told him “you should be a caller.” That first record was “The Only Hell My Momma Ever Raised.”
Bob attended a caller school in Omaha, NE, run by Harold Bausch and started Hub City Squares in Rochelle, IL, in 1978. Bob helped start the Panhandlers square dance club in Martinsburg, West Virginia, and was the club caller for the Gateway Swingers in Fredricksburg, Maryland.
In 1990, while attending the Illinois State Square Dance Convention in Peoria, IL, Bob met Cinda Rickey. They married in 1991.
Cinda started dancing at age 12 with Farmington Belles and Beaus in the Peoria area where her parents lived and danced. She attended her first National Square Dance Convention in 1966 in Indianapolis, IN. In and out of square dancing for many years, she took lessons again in Decatur, IL, with the Prairie Promenaders and danced as a single for many years before meeting Bob.
Bob and Cinda honeymooned in St. Lake City, Utah, at the 40th National Square Dance Convention. Cinda’s parents attended as well as lots of members from Sugar Squares, for which Bob had recently become Club Caller.
They have five boys:
- Eddie Rickey, married to Jeannie, lives outside Dallas, TX. They have two boys – William and Matthew.
- Gerry Rickey lives in Madison, WI.
- Gary and Sarah Asp, of Colorado Springs, CO, have four kids, Leia, Spencer, Nathan, and Oliver.
- Paul and Gloria Asp are in England. Paul is in the Air Force. They have two children – Lily and Nicolas.
- Keith Asp is in the Army and stationed in Iraq. He misses his little boy – Lukas.
Bob records for Solid Gold Records and partners with Tom Manning (producer/owner of Solid Gold Records) in Solid Gold Sound, providing sound equipment for state conventions and regional festivals.
Bob is involved in several major square dance weekends:
- Solid Gold (Davenport) in March with Tom Manning, Don & Doug Sprosty, and Natalie Sprosty
- River City Weekend over Memorial Day Weekend with Jerry Story
- Chula Vista, Wisconsin, in September with Curt Braffet
Bob is a member of Callerlab, the professional organization for square dance callers and serves on the Applications Review Committee (ARC) and the Board of Governors for Callerlab. Cinda is the chair of the Callerlab Grant Writing Committee.
Visit Callerlab here: callerlab.org
With all the dancing and calling and with each having full time jobs, Bob and Cinda struggle to find time for their other interests – riding their 1993 Harley – Davidson Custom Softtail, golf for Bob, and sewing for Cinda.
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