OUR CALLER: MIKE DAVEY
Mike started calling when he was 18. His first call was to an empty supper room because he was so nervous that he could not even look! It seems that the dancers enjoyed even that phantom call, because, with the help of Lee McFadyeon, he went on to develop his talents until he is now one of the best callers in Australia
Mike was born in Wales, which probably accounts for his superb voice and excellent timing. He came out to Australia when he was just a lad, and got dragged along to the square dance by his parents against his will. To his surprise he found he thoroughly enjoyed the experience and has been heavily involved in the activity ever since.
Mike has been invited to call in most states in Australia, as well as New Zealand and Japan. He is passionate about square dancing and is presently Convenor of the Australian National Square Dance Convention, to be held in Bendigo in Easter 2017. It promises to be a great weekend, with Mike’s sense of fun added to the rapport he has with the rest of his committee.
In his spare time, Mike volunteers as a puppy-raiser for Guide Dogs Victoria. So far, his track record is excellent – Dee went to Japan to raise her puppies there; Olsen is a Guide Dog in NSW and the new puppy, Dorothy, is still going through her paces at home.