PAUL & MARY KINSEY
TEXAS HALL OF FAME CALLER
Paul Kinsey took square dance lessons in Wichita Falls, Texas in 1958 from a caller out of Waurika, Oklahoma, named Stub Davis. He and his wife (at the time), were the youngest couple taking lessons, and also the youngest couple dancing with the club. It did not take much time before he was hooked. At the time, his wife’s brother and his wife, her sister and her husband, her father and his stepmother all danced.
After not quite a year, Paul’s father-in-law (at the time) decided Paul needed to learn to call. He brought out an old turntable, a mike, some old 78’s, and said, “… here, you need to learn these”. Then he brought in some 45’s and said Paul needed to learn a little more modern records.
In 1959, Paul started his first club in Henrietta, Texas. It normally had about 2 squares. He continued to call for that club as well as the Clay County Pioneers which danced in the “Pioneer” Building at the Rodeo Grounds. He also started the Jim Bowie Dancers in Bowie, the Jacksboro Roll-A-Ways in Jacksboro, the Road Runners in Wichita Falls and the Starlighters in Seymour. He continued calling for these clubs until he moved to Fort Worth in 1974. Most of these clubs are now inactive but many of the dancers are still dancing.
Paul started calling for the Diamond Jubileers Square Dance Club in Fort Worth in 1975 and for the Tri-City Promenaders Square Dance Club in Hurst in 1980. He still calls for and teaches lessons for both clubs as well as being a guest caller for a number of North Texas clubs. He is an active member of the North Texas Callers Association (“NTCA”) and the Texas State Callers Association. He has been the treasurer for the NTCA for the last several years. Paul has tirelessly and wholeheartedly taught square dance lessons for the past 50 years and is currently teaching basic lessons partnered with Tarrant County College.
Other calling venues include calling for local nursing homes, senior centers, Christmas exhibitions, weekend resorts and campouts.
Paul married his beautiful wife Mary in 1985 and between them, they have a daughter, two sons and seven grandchildren.
He recently received a Certificate of Achievement from the American Callers Association for his 50 years of calling. The Diamond Jubileers honored Paul for his fifty years of calling with a special dance in April 2009, where he was inducted into the Texas Callers Hall of Fame. In October of 2008, the Tri City Promenaders celebrated his 25 years of calling for them and presented him with a special recognition plaque.
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