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Chairman

ROUNDALAB
2803 Louisiana St
Longview , Washington 98632
United States

Company Description: ROUNDALAB offers a number of items (see Catalog) that help both the dancer and the dance leader. These items include Teaching Manuals, Guidelines for various...   more
Background

Employment History

  • Chairman
    ACCORD
  • WASCA
Web References
New England Hall of Fame
www.sdfne.org, 1 Jan 2003 [cached]
2003 - Ralph & Joan Collipi (NH) New England Hall of Fame
Square Dance Foundation of New England
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2003 - Ralph & Joan Collipi (NH) Round Dance Cuer & Teacher
Ralph and Joan began dancing in 1969 and were teaching rounds by 1972 in their hometown, of Salem
NH . Their goal is to keep the dancers dancing and they encourage dancers to dance at the level they enjoy. Ralph and Joan are thorough teachers, always bringing humor to their lessons to keep their students relaxed and having fun. They believe that it is a leader's obligation to fight for the activity and insist that all levels of rounds be offered at major events so that all dancers can attend, participate, and have fun. uch more than superb and inspirational teachers to dancers and cuers alike, Ralph and Joan have served in the highest levels of leadership at the National level, where they have served as Chairman of ROUNDALAB; and the Regional level, where they are Chairman of ACCORD and have taught and been clinicians at The New England Square and Round Dance Convention for 25 years. Their wide-ranging involvement has been recognized by the bestowal of the Silver Circle Award from ROUNDALAB and the Yankee Clipper Award from The New England Square and Round Dance Cooperation Committee.
Ralph and Joan's leadership roles during the past 31 years testify to their dedication to the dancer and to the Round Dance Activity. It brings great honor to the Square Dance Foundation to induct Ralph and Joan Collipi to
Bob Brundage Interviews
www.sdfne.org, 8 Nov 2007 [cached]
Ralph & Joan Collipi
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Jim Mayo: We're starting an interview here with ROUNDALAB'S Silver Halo winners this year, Ralph & Joan Collipi from Salem New Hampshire and, because I live ten miles down the street in Hampstead NH I have been asked to conduct the interview with them as part of the oral history project that Bob Brundage has been carrying out for the Lloyd Shaw Foundation.
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Joan Collipi: No, he has twelve -
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Joan: It has to be 100% approval.
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Joan: Yeah, this is true.
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Joan: The only person that knows ... The committee changes every couple of years except the chairman doesn't change but the only person who knows who's on this committee is the chairman of ROUNDALAB that year providing they want to know.
Ralph: And the chairman of the committee ...
Joan: And the chairman of the committee, of course he has to choose his committee members, but basically that's it.
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But a couple whom we knew from PTA came and dragged Joan out of the house one night to go square dancing while I was working overtime. She called me and asked me to pick her up at the school. I said why and she said never mind just come.
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Joan: I graduated 1950 and Ralph graduated in 1949.
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Joan: I had 433 in my class.
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Joan: I was an avid dancer.
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Joan: Oh, that's always been my ....
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Joan: But you weren't a machine gunner.
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Joan: There you go.
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Ralph: Well, the first night I walked in Joan had already been there for a while.
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Within eight weeks of that day Joan says to me "I don't feel that good.
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Joan: The club that we were going into which was the Track Town Trotters in Salem, NH had, uh, barely two squares.
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Joan: So naturally this became the club.
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Joan: Even in 1968 it didn't just happen.
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Joan: Exactly.
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Joan: It was in ....
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Joan: We had just graduated..
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Joan: That's right.
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Joan: Which was very nice of her.
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Joan: We went from basic to advanced.
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Joan: So then she moved away.
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Joan: Which we had no business doing.
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Joan: We waited until January, uh, that way all the ... In September or October is when they usually start.
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Joan: In 1972 in January because we were new.
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Joan: Also, Ralph and I proposed that they have what they call
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Joan: apprenticeship.
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Joan: Yes.
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Joan: Believe me, we shook a lot. (Laughter)
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Joan: so we taught dances.
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Joan: Which is what you do today.
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Joan: Another fourteen or fifteen couples.
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Joan: and by Christmas you've got eight couples.
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Joan: Yeah, that's true.
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Joan: We didn't do that because our teacher did that , move up one, move up two
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Joan: And the reason we didn't like it she always gave us the poor dancers and they would step on your foot.
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Joan: And the other thing was some people didn't have very good ah, what do I want to say,
Ralph: Personal habits,
Joan: you got it, personal hygiene.
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Joan: Of course, but what good does it do?
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Joan: And to exchange ideas
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Joan: No, we did not.
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Joan: And then what we did was every year at the yearly ACCORD Festival they used to teach.
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Joan: so we went to our first DanceACade and when we got there, uh, they introduced a dance Friday night, Rhumba Maria. And we said "Look at this, we came all this way and we can we can do this dance almost on cues." Well that's the last thing we understood that came out of their mouths for the whole weekend.
Joan: They taught the dance called Tilt.
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Joan: So we went up to Flo and we said "Flo, what night do you have your class?" She told us and :
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Joan: We danced with her for five years.
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Joan: Charlie and Nina Ward, Phil & Norma Roberts, uh, all kinds of leaders.
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Joan: We never knew
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Joan: We probably could not have afforded to go it anyway.
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Joan: Well we joined ROUNDALAB.
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Joan: We joined URDC
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Joan: I couldn't get out of work.
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Joan: I didn't have as much vacation as he did.
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Joan: Well, I have to say
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Joan: She did a lot for us.
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Joan: She realized that we were there to learn dance technique.
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Joan: She's semi-retired now. She just sold her studio a couple of years ago. But she still gives us lessons privately. It's tough to get her. She comes to the house.
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Joan: We did both.
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Joan: We got busy. And then she, uh, she had a heart attack and died.
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Joan: I thought it was a square and round dance weekend.
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Joan: No, it was Town Travelers.
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Joan: That was a big ...
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Joan: But that was your longest - it was only after Polly didn't want it any more.
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Joan: And besides, were you going to college at the time?
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Joan: Wait a minute, the first weekend, we started cueing in January and in May,
Ralph: Herm Parker.
Joan: Our club was having a weekend with Herm Parker. We had signed up for $20 at East Hill Farm and Herm Parker called
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Joan: So listen to this.
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Joan: It was easy, like a phase 2 but My Love was not easy.
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Joan: We said "This is so easy.
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Joan; So it only cost us $20 for our first weekend.
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Joan: and it only cost us twenty bucks.
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Joan: The following year, of course, he paid us.
Ralph: Yeah
Joan: We said "You're gonna pay us?"
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Joan and I would be the cuers. It had been an ongoing weekend.
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Joan: I thought it was twenty-four.
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Joan: We were hired for the Empire State Festival
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Joan: I think you missed a biggie
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Joan: We said, I said, do you know who this is? This is Joan and Ralph Collipi in Salem, New Hampshire.
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Joan: Oh, That got us the Washington, DC Festival which we have done for fourteen consecutive years.
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Joan: We are the only cuer that has worked ten consecutive years for WASCA.
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Joan: I don't know why.
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Joan: We went to Alaska three times.
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Joan: Oh Yeah, we got elected to the ... we ran for the board three times.
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Joan: we didn't get elected.
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Joan: And then we finally did get elected.
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Joan: It was very hard to get elected.
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Joan: So the year we got elected we were the only couple that got elected with the mail-in ballot.
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Joan: Yeah, it was kind of silly.
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Joan: What it should be is a vote is a vote.
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Joan: You have to take a year off.
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Joan: Last year and this year we had charge of education for the entire ROUNDALAB Convention. ROUNDALAB is divided into two pieces. One side of the house is what they call operating functions that governs and runs the corporation. The other side of the house is our education. And this year and last year Joan and I have been coordinators for the education side of the house.
Ralph: The operating functions thing.
Joan: And Ralph was what they call budget officer for the organization. They never had one and also the
Ralph: The supplemental policies and procedures manual.
Joan: They never had
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Joan: There's a job description, and the organizational chart and a job description for everybody on that chart so they know what their job is.
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Joan: Also, for nineteen years we've brought in leaders from all over the country for round dance weekends.
Ralph: Educational weekends
Joan: Yup, to educate the dancers and the teachers.
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Joan
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