Square Dance Caller & Teacher
“People are the most important, they benefit, they must have fun, and they must win”. This is the belief that Jim and Mary Harris have in their teaching and leadership in the square and round dance activity.
Jim started square and round dancing as a teenager and saw calling as a challenge. He later attended
Jim presently teaches six square dance clubs, three senior citizens groups and each year calls a dance for the incoming freshmen at
He is very active in Caller Associations in
Jim has been calling for many years at Festivals and Conventions including the Connecticut Festival,
He is always willing to volunteer his time and talents to benefit others. He enjoys calling for demonstrations at convalescent and senior citizens homes. He has taught square dancing at the
In private life, Jim was an employee of the New England Telephone Company until his retirement after more than 37 years with them. He was active as a 4-H Leader, a Boy Scout Leader and is active in his church and is also a Town Constable.
Jim is supported by his wife Mary, a Square and Round Dance enthusiast. She is always at his side doing those things which any successful caller needs done. Mary and Jim are MOM and POP to several generations of dancers and to more than a few callers. They are living symbols of all that is good and fine in Square Dancing.
Jim and Mary well deserve the Yankee Clipper Award. This statement by one of his former students so aptly puts it, “As students we learned, as his dancers we win and as his friends we