Bob and Cinda Asp

Bob and Cinda are from Rockton, IL, and Tucson, AZ,. He learned to square dance at age 8. He danced with his parents and began calling in 1978. He calls throughout the Midwest (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, and Wisconsin), Texas and Florida. He also has a winter program in Tucson, AZ. He calls Club 50 or SSD (Social Square Dancing) through A-2 and particularly enjoys calling DBD and Extended Applications at all levels.

Bob partners with Tom Manning in Solid Gold Sound to provide sound equipment and expertise at both national and state conventions and regional events. He has also assisted with several caller schools and provided seminars at state conventions on sound equipment use.

Bob and his wife Cinda have chaired two Illinois State Conventions, been Education chairs for the Wisconsin convention and programed the square dancing schedule at numerous Illinois and Wisconsin conventions.

Bob has served as President of the Illinois Callers Association and the Wisconsin Southwest Dance Leaders Association. He records on Solid Gold Records and serves on Callerlab’s ARC Committee. He has also served on the Callerlab Board of Governors.

Cinda began sewing at age 8 using her Mom’s Singer treadle machine. Her first experience was altering hand-me-downs, fashions from Goodwill, and ready-to-wear from stores. Still altering clothes, she also enjoys learning new techniques, quilting, creating square dance costumes, sewing bags, and making landscape quilts as well as adding to her stash.

Learning to square dancing at age 12 with her parents, Ed and Freda Scales, she attended her first national convention in 1966 in Indianapolis, IN. At the 1990 Illinois State Square Dance Convention, she met a caller – Bob Asp, who would become her husband.

Bob and Cinda have served in many positions in the square dance world: state convention chairs, programming for conventions in Wisconsin and Illinois, sound committee, and education chairs. In 2009, both Bob and Cinda were inducted into the Illinois Square Dance Hall of Fame in recognition of their contributions to the activity.

Cinda has used her experience and training in adult education to provide seminars for state conventions in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois. She served as chair of the Sew and Save for the 65th National Square Dance Convention in Des Moines, IA.