Annie Brownrigg began dancing at the age of four and went on to start teaching at the age of 12. After many years of teaching ballet, tap and acrobatics she was exposed to the square and round dance activity in 1967. Starting out with squares first in Texas she later went to a festival where she saw round dancing. One of the dancers attending said "Come on Annie, you can do this!" She was escorted out on the floor where there were no cues and was pulled around by this dancer. She caught on pretty quickly and decided she wanted to take some round dance lessons. When she knew 5 dances by memory and was doing them at the special square dances, she was asked to teach what she knew to the other square dancers. So borrowing the callers equipment she started out teaching just what she knew and helping at the dances. You see all the dances were not cued at that time in the 60's and it was nothing to put on a record and let it play.. But later on she went on and discovered that if she cued there would be a lot more dancers on the floor. So she started cueing at the dances too. With a club in San Antonio and another club in Austin and doing festivals and working full time it was a busy time for her. Later she was asked to cue full time in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and in 1981 started in Mercedes working 18 sessions a week. This was a very busy time. Working in the Valley was just a winter job and so later that summer of '82 she went to Vallecito Resort outside of Durango Co where she was resident cuer for 15 years. During these many years she also did many festivals in 14 states, national conventions and worked in 3 countries. Also there were many cruises. In 1997 she was asked to come to Sunflower RV Resort in Surprise AZ. Accepting the job it meant starting over which was a challenge, but it worked out. Now after 10 years in AZ, Annie works at Sunflower RV Resort, Sun City West, Sun City, Happy Trails, Arizona Traditions, and Crazy 8's. Almost 40 years have now passed by and Annie is not ready to give up her life time dream to keep older people active and out of nursing homes. She enjoys what she does making people happy.
Carl Dammeir began teaching Round Dancing in 1975 in upstate New York where he and his wife Patsy taught and cued for two square dance clubs and a round dance club. In 1979 they were transferred to Austin Texas with IBM. They continued to teach in that area working for numerous square dance clubs and three round dance clubs located in Austin, Georgetown and Marble Falls.
In 1980 they attended Manny Smith's RD Institute located in Stillwater OK for a week of intensive learning.
An opportunity became available to teach full time in a new RV park in Brownsville Texas. Carl retired from IBM after 33 years of service and he and his wife became full time round dance leaders. By the second season they were hired to work in Harlingen Texas at Sunshine RV Park teaching beginners thru phase VI and also cued for the square dances held at the park.
In 1991 they were hired to work in Show Low AZ during the months of June, July & August teaching rounds and cueing for the local square dance club at Venture Out and Juniper Ridge RV Parks. So for the next three years they worked in Harlingen TX for the months of November thru March and then from June to August in Show Low AZ. In 1993 the business was put on hold so they could go to Ohio to take care of Patsy's mother who had Alzheimers. They resumed their teaching in 1997 working at Tropic Winds and Park Place both located in Harlingen Texas. In 1999 they had to give up their teaching due to Patsy getting sick with Alzheimers. After Patsy's death, Carl began his teaching again with Annie.