I was born in Wichita
Falls, Texas, but grew up in a military family and moved around a
lot, mostly in the western United States. Graduated High School in
Huntington Beach, CA. Been in Houston 23 years now. Moved here for
a job. I'm Unix System Administrator for ExxonMobil. I have a
Bachelor of Science from the University of
Houston with a double major in Math and Computer Science.
dancing about 8-9 years ago, after my divorce, as a way to get out
of the house. I found I really liked it
and took all the classes I could. Eventually,
I tried my hand at competitions and found I liked that too
and have been competing for 4 years in
western competitions, doing a little bit of everything from
two-step, to waltz, swing and cha-cha.
Lately, I've even tried leading a few dances. I find it
improves my following skills.
When I heard Rick needed a
database administrator, I offered my services and after
a trial period, Rick seemed pleased with my work, so he kept
me on. ;-) I also work as a Registrar and
help out wherever an extra body is needed.
When I'm not
dancing, I read a lot of science fiction books (or anything else I
can get my hands on). I also enjoy trying
my hand at different crafts. Lately, I'm
into making jewelry and decorating shirts with beads.
a BOI (Born On the Island),
born in Galveston and reared in
Houston. Upon graduating from Baylor University,
returned to the Houston area
and taught elementary school in New Caney, TX (north of Kingwood).
After a few years,
decided to follow my dream of becoming
a school librarian.
I moved to Austin
and worked my way though
as a teacher in south Austin.
work in Fort Bend ISD as an
elementary librarian and absolutely
have been dancing and taking SSQQ lessons since 1991. Over the
it seemed as if I had done it all:
country-western, ballroom, East & West Coast swing, salsa, hustle,
Due to my day job,
I have never been interested in
becoming an instructor.
However, since I loved to dance and be
surrounded by dancers, I asked Marla if I could join the team. I
began in February and am now the Hall Monitor for the Saturday crash
course & parties.
When the dancing shoes are off (when does that happen?!?!),
I am involved in various church
sing in the church choir;
spend time with family &
read great books;
I was born in Corpus
Christi, TX and lived there until I got married and moved to Houston
when I was 19. I have been in Houston ever since then. I am a
pediatric nurse practitioner at Texas Children's Hospital in
Allergy/Immunology. I have been there for 11 years and am the
supervisor of our nurse practitioner group in our section.
I attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
for my Bachelor's of Science in Nursing, many years later, I
returned to school and earned a Master's of Science from Texas
Woman's University and my pediatric nurse practitioner certificate.
During the interim I have worked at TCH as a nurse on the cardiology
floor, in the family practice clinic, in a private allergy clinic
and as a school nurse at the elementary school level.
I got started taking
dancing lessons because whenever I would go to a wedding with my
middle son, he would always want me to dance with him and I didn't
have a clue what to do. I was so nervous about coming to the studio
that two of my friends from the hospital came with me for the first
two months. I have enjoyed taking the two-step, polka, all of the
ballroom classes and Bachata. The waltz and Bachata are my favorite
dances. Of course, being a Texas girl, I
love the two-step. I started working at SSQQ in March, 2007. I
think Rick felt sorry for me after my car was towed one evening from
the studio so he offered me a position as a hall monitor and
registrar. I really enjoy working here and getting to be around
such talented individuals.
Hobbies include working in my yard, spending time with my German
Shepherd, Stormy, and doing needlework of various kinds. I always
have a project going to work on especially when I am being the hall
monitor. I love to travel and hope to be able to join the SSQQ
group on one of the cruises in the next few years. I enjoy the beach
and walking in the sand which I haven't gotten to do for a long
time. I have been involved in Boy Scouts for the last 23 years. I
have served in many capacities at both the troop and
district level. I have been to Philmont Scout Ranch twice
for adult leadership training courses. I was also privileged to be
the recipient of the Silver Beaver award from the Sam Houston Area
Council. This is the highest award given to a volunteer in the
Council. There are only about 20 awarded each year. I have three
grown sons, two of them are Eagle Scouts.
My oldest son has his own
computer repair/design company. My middle son is a Captain in the
Army in the 3rd ID, currently serving as the Rear Detachment
Commander at Ft. Stewart in Hinesville, GA. He has served one tour
in Iraq and his unit is currently there while he provides the
stateside support and takes care of issues with the families of the
soldiers. The youngest is a senior at TCU in Ft. Worth pursuing an
economics/political science degree. I am
not married at this time, but hope to develop a meaningful
relationship again someday.
Anaheim, CA –I got Houston as soon as I could. As a kid growing up
here I was very active in the Boy Scout program, earning the highest
rank of Eagle Scout. Currently, I am working in the Calibration
Service Lab for GE Sensing where we calibrate some pretty
About 3 year ago my brother told me that I was going to learn to
dance for his wedding. I came to SSQQ with him and by the first
break I was ready to go home. He made me stay for the whole class
and by the end of that first class I was getting into this dancing
thing. As time went by I started helping Linda and Daryl in the
Western Swing program. As I tried some of the other dances at the
studio I found enjoyment in the East Coast Swing and the Ballroom
program. I started helping Marla in Ballroom and East Coast Swing
shortly after. I was then asked to take on one of the hall-monitor
I am currently helping Marla with East Coast Swing and I am the
hall-monitor on Friday nights. When I was helping in the western
program I met a wonderful lady, Amy Adams. We are now engaged and
still taking classes here at the studio every chance we get.
I was born in
Pasadena, TX. Grew up there all my life, I graduated from Deer Park
High School. Before I came to dance at SSQQ I was a volunteer in
Boy Scouts for 14 years. Took me a long time to realize that there
were TV shows on Thursday nights and that I did not have to sleep in
a tent every other weekend.
After being married for 21 years I decided to change some things in
my life I got a divorce, turned 40, changed jobs, and moved out on
my own. Wow life started changing so I decided that I would check
out SSQQ went over June of 2002 and signed up for Country two step
and Polka classes. I was only going to take a few lessons, well; I
was there on Sunday, Wednesday, Friday. In July I talked a friend
into joining and we took Salsa, so I added Tuesday and Thursday
nights to my week. I had a blast meeting new folks and learning new
Then 2003 I went on
the Cruise to Cozumel on the 4th of July, had the time of my life,
now I have been bitten by the Cruise bug but how was I going to pay
for lessons and Cruises? Well I started to work at the studio as a
Hall monitor on Tuesday nights and then when I was laid off from my
day job I took on Wednesday and Thursday gave up Tuesday for a
while. Then I branched out and learned to be registrar. I am very
lucky to have a day job at NASA as a Quality Assurance Specialist
and a part time job at SSQQ. Not many people get to have so much fun
while they work. SSQQ is more than a job to me because everyone at
SSQQ is like family. They gave tons of support when my son was in
Iraq. They helped me look for jobs when I was laid off, gave me many
many good memories and laughs over the time I have been here.
The best thing that has happened to me is that I met a wonderful
man. His name is Jerry and we were married on June 6th 2008.
Together we have 4 childern Gene (26) Sean (23) Jacob (18) and Sarah
(10). We also are blessed with a daughter in-law Kathleen and 3
dogs and 5 grandanimals. Jerry and I currently live in Deer Park
and are building a new home there. I look forward to meeting all
the new students coming to the studio and hope to see everyone on
the dance floor soon.
I was born in Houston, Texas
and raised in Manvel, Texas. My mother died when I was 5 and my
father when I was 11 and I have no brothers or sisters. Raised by
an Aunt; I attended Manvel Elementary, Alvin Jr. High and High
school and College. I attended several classes in other colleges in
Houston and Tomball. I went to Hollywood Beauty Academy in
Albuquerque, NM and Arlington Heights, Illinois. I owned a hair
salon for 9 years in Houston, Texas. I still have my license
today. I had an allergy to bleach so I had to quit and worked for 3
1/2 years as Executive Secretary for a large million dollar a
month restaurant in Wheeling, Illinois working directly with both
owners, general manager and 7 other managers. I hated the cold
weather so I came home and went to work for the DPS (Department of
Public Safely) for the next 11 years giving driving tests to people
who could not drive nor understand the English language or the road
signs. Pretty scary!!! After 11 years and being with
people who had 6 accidents with me in their cars or 18 wheeler
trucks, I retired from there while I was still able to breathe and
walk...(grin). I started working part time at the SSQQ studio
around 2000 I believe.
I have lived
in Houston and Manvel Texas. I also have lived in New Mexico... was
in the movies while there... (a pretty fun thing)... lived in
(Arlington Heights, Illinois)( Rosell, Il)( Wheeling, Il)( Buffalo,
Minn.) and ( Enterprise, Ala.) I now live in Spring, Texas.
I have two wonderful children and two darling grandchildren by one
marriage and I got married again on May 25th, 2008 to Fred Larry
McLeod and we live in a beautiful two story home in Spring. He is
from Iago, Texas and has two sons by another marriage. We
honeymooned for three weeks in Italy, France, Switzerland, Austria
and Germany. I rode the tram in the Swiss Alps and while there met
the young lady who won the Olympic Silver Medal for skiing and
archery. I walked across a frozen lake in the Swiss Alps and that
was fun and scary also. I had my dream come true when I traveled to
a small town in Pinzino, Italy to meet two cousins who I never knew
existed nor did they know of me. It was so wonderful. Rome was
interesting, Pisa and Florence were beautiful and Venice with the
boats was interesting also. We also were in Amsterdam. A great trip
but I was ready to come home and sleep in my own bed. We stayed in
three different ski lodges all in the Alps but the Italian Alps were
the most breathtaking.
I love to cook, garden, dance and meet new and interesting people. I
have enjoyed the studio and the new people I meet there.
That's a wrap for now.
I'm Barry and I am
currently the Wednesday night Hall Monitor. I've been a Hall
Monitor for almost 3 years now. Originally, I started on Tuesday's
and Saturday's but had to change to adjust to my work schedule. If I
remember correctly, I have been dancing at SSQQ for almost 5 years,
I'm old and don't remember much now days. From September 2006
through August 2007 I was Rachel Koenig's assistant on Wednesday's.
I was born in Galveston,
Texas, on January 13, 1956 and currently live in Pearland. I
attended Texas A&M University. I have three daughters: Randi (26),
Kelley (23), and Eden (7). I am a Sales Manager for MosquitoNix.
I was born and raised in Flint Michigan,
but Florida is my primary home. I came to Houston in June of 2007.
The company I worked for in Florida was acquired by my current
Currently, I am a corporate attorney. My
bachelor's degree (BBA management and economics) is from the
University of Michigan-Flint, my JD (law degree) and my MBA
(finance) are from Cleveland State University.
My cousin Jeremy signed me up for classes
over the internet from Chicago as a Christmas present. He attends
classes in Chicago and thought it would be a great way for me to
meet new people in Houston. I found the registration in my inbox
when I returned to work on December 26th! I just started classes in
January of 2008.
Just started this June (2008) as the
Thursday Hall Monitor. I saw the ad for the position in the SSQQ
Newsletter. I thought it would give my TV remote control a night
off! A few fine people have told me I would be married in three
weeks of becoming a hall monitor. I have managed not to get married
(I am single.) When I am "home in Florida" I am generally
participating in krewe activities. I am a long-time member of the
Thieves of San Lorenzo. The krewe motto is "We'll Steal Your Heart".
We participate in the Tampa Bay Gasparilla Parade Season and other
parades throughout the year. Generally can be found dancing down the
streets of Tampa flinging beads during parade season. Hobbies
include work, sports, shopping, travel and dancing. Love to
volunteer at events, just sitting around can be tiresome! On
Thanksgiving Day, I am generally rooting for my Detroit Lions! Being
a Lions fan one learns patience and the virtues of "there is always
hope"! If you wonder what I do on Saturdays in the fall, as my
Sundays are spoken for by the Lions, look no farther than Michigan
Football games! Go Blue!