David discovered the wonderful world of square dancing through Fred and Elizabeth Meads’ Sparkilate club in the early seventies, soon becoming Fred’s trainee caller. After a Ron Jones Caller’s school in 1973, David opened the D-Bar-T square dance club in Merrylands NSW. He later ran a second club with Kevin Ryan at Parramatta. During this time David was involved in competition dancing and the training of many teams. In 1978 David called at the 1st National Canadian Convention in Alberta, Canada which was definitely a career highlight.
After a long break David returned to square dancing in 1996 and living in Blaxland in the Blue Mountains, formed the ”Mountain Devils” club. He has also called for Fairfield RSL Youth Club and the Fifty-Fifty club at Greystanes. In 1999 David was asked to work at Blaxland East Public School to teach square dancing in their gross motor program for years one and two. He now teaches square dancing at a number of Lower Mountains primary schools, introducing modern square dancing to hundreds of young Australians.
David has served as President of the NSW Callers’ Association, Public Relations Officer of the ACF, President of the Competition Society and is currently President of the Square and Round Dance Association of NSW. He was the convenor of the 2000 NSW State Convention and was part of the committee for the NSW State Convention in Kiama.
He received his “Silver Microphone” award for twenty-five years of calling at the National Convention in 2013. He is currently on the board of ACF.
In 2020 David and his wife Rosalind will be the Co-convenors of the National Convention in the Blue Mountains NSW.