After graduating from Wichita State University, the Gloodts moved to Ardmore, OK. Ed taught at the Vo-Tech school and opened a custom jewelry store, and Karen taught Spanish and English near Ardmore.
In 1971, Ed humored Karen by taking square dance lessons, and about a year later, he began calling. Then, Karen convinced Ed to try round dancing, and they started teaching and cueing rounds for the local square dance club. They have been active in square and round dancing for over 45 years and have been guest caller and/or cuer for many area festivals. Ed has retired from calling, but they still teach and cue for Rainbow Rounds and the Roadrunners Square Dance Club in Ft. Worth, TX. Starting in 2016, they have also started cueing part time for Diamond Jubileers Square Dance Club. They are members of ICBDA, DRDC, ORDA, TRDTA, NTCA, and ROUNDALAB.
Karen and Ed’s choreography has been popular throughout the country, and their dances have also been taught in Europe, Japan, and Australia. Their choreography includes Forever, We’ll Be in Love, Mi Vida Sin Tu Amor, Until It’s Time for Me to Go, The Truth About Love, Legends of the Fall, Baby, Please Come Home, Black Satin, Boogie Time, Coney Island IV, Jesse, Uptown III, Scheherazade IV, New York City Blues, Once in a While, Ain’t That a Shame, Jumpin’ Jupiter, I Talk to the Trees, You Decorated My Life, Snap Your Fingers, A Wink and a Smile III, Cuando Me Enamoro, I’ve Got a Rock & Roll Heart, Angel on My Shoulder, Raining in My Heart, Tango Roma, St. Elmo’s Fire, After All These Years, Cherry Pink, Michelle, Play a Simple Melody, Lollipops and Roses, Rumba del Corazon, Swing Lover, A Night for Dreaming, In This Life IV, and many others.
Square and round dancing and all the wonderful people they have met have been an important part of their lives, but, of course, their family is their pride and joy. The family includes daughters, Kristi and Valeri, their husbands, Cory and Steve, grandson Daryl, granddaughters Lily, Sara, and Erin, and Erin’s husband Andrew. Last August, Karen and Ed welcomed their first great grandchild, and in October, they celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary!
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