Butch and Roberta Bloxom
Butch Bloxom (Winchester, VA) and Roberta Harris (Martinsburg, WV) October 20, 2017 Butch began square dancing in 1984 and cueing and teaching choreographed ballroom (round dancing) in 1986. Butch has been a member of RoundaLab, The International Association of Round Dance Teacher, INC. since 1987 and co‐founder of the Bloxom Bunch Round Dance Club in Winchester, VA with his wife Peggy who passed away suddenly in 2010. Butch is a member of the Shenandoah Valley Callers Council, The Virginia State Callers Association, and Shenandoah Valley Callers Council. Roberta began square dancing in 1977 after being encouraged by her Aunt Ann and Uncle Tyler Rotruck, who were Round Dance Cuers and Instructors with their own dance hall in Denver Colorado called the Rotruck Stop. Gary Shoemake and Ken Bower are just two of the National Square Dance and local callers and cuers who came to their converted church to dance hall to call/cue for many years. Aunt Ann is 91 now and still dancing every chance she gets — even if it’s in a chair. Uncle Tyler passed away 3 years ago. In 1978, Roberta and spouse, at Aunt Ann’s and Uncle Tyler’s encouragement went to their first WASCA Festival and subsequently, started round dance lessons. Teaching and starting their own Round Dance Club began in 1980. Roberta has been a member of RoundaLab since 1981 and co‐founder of the Melody Seekers Round Dance Club in Fairmont, WV. Roberta is also a member of the Shenandoah Valley Callers Council, The Virginia State Callers Association, and Shenandoah Valley Callers Council. Butch and Roberta have known each other through dancing with their spouses participating since the late 80’s when working at the West Virginia State Square and Round Dance Convention. Roberta moved to Martinsburg, WV, in 1997 to continue her Nursing Career at the Martinsburg VAMC where she retired in 2012 after 50 years of Nursing. Butch and Roberta have over 60 years of combined dancing, cueing, and teaching experience. Each have participated in many dance weekends, national square and round dance conventions, and various state festivals in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. Since September of 2010, Butch & Roberta have come together to continue their activities of cueing and teaching of choreographed ballroom dancing with a mutual commitment and dedication to furthering the choreographed round dance movement locally, regionally, and nationally.