Linda S. Mrosko
Native Texan, Linda Mrosko, has been calling contra dances all over Texas (and Oklahoma) for over 20 years. She is a current member of the North Texas Traditional Dance Society (www.nttds.org ) in Dallas, Texas, and served as President from 1994-1996. Linda also served as a member of the Board of Directors for The Dance Council located in Dallas, Texas (www.dancecouncil.com ) from 2002-2003. In June 2011, she was named Honorary Member of the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Conference (RYLA), Rotary District 5790. On June 21, 2012, she was named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary Foundation of Rotary International - "in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of further understanding and friendly relationships among people of the world." She has produced and taught at the monthly English country dances in Dallas; served as caller and choreographer for the NTTDS Performance Dancers; served as an organizer for the NTTDS Spring Dance & Music Workshop, "When in Doubt, Swing!"; served as Director of Contra Seminars for the 55th National Square & Round Dance Convention in San Antonio, Texas, in 2006; and is a member of the Winfrey Bells Morris Team. Linda also enjoys playing tin whistle, spoons, and other percussive instruments (like her Jingling Johnny, Lonzador) whenever there’s an open band playing old time traditional folk tunes.
Linda's interest in the many forms of traditional dancing has lead her to collect (and compose) a wide variety of community-style dances, including American traditional contra and old time square dances, English country dances, folk dances, Irish Ceili and set dances, and Scottish country dances. She most likes to lead dances that flow smoothly, have a good connection, and tell a story. In the Contra community, her high energy style, clear teaching technique, infectious enthusiasm, and reputation for calling "theme" dances, can get even the most rank beginner up dancing.
Linda earns her living as a certified paralegal/legal secretary. She lives in the Cedar Creek Lake area in Henderson County, Texas, and says her Indian name is "Eats With Cats." Somedays, she's also known as the "Fire Breathing Cat Dragon."
How I got involved in dancing and calling?
Around 1990, my best friend invited me to my first contra dance in Dallas. That first dance hooked me. Within a year, I joined the Winfrey Bells Morris dance team which lead me finally into calling my first contra dance (Newberry Reel).
What is my favorite thing about dancing/teaching in Texas?
There are so many people in so many communities throughout Texas who have never heard of community-style (contra) dancing and I love playing a part in exposing as many people as possible to this kind of dancing. I love watching people "get" the dances, dancing to the musical phrase, enjoying themselves and their friends in ways they never have before.
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