Ray Brendzy
“We are one GREAT big family”

We are honored and excited to have Ray and Christine Brendzy, from the Vancouver area of British Columbia, Canada, provide our Keynote Address. The Brendzy family is a huge promoter of growing our activity through increasing the involvement of youth and through teaching and coaching dancers and callers.

Ray and Christine have raised their own square dance family, bringing up their two children – Nicholas and Caitlyn – in the dance community. Ray enjoys sharing the stage with his children – together they produce great harmony. Nicholas and Caitlyn may even make a sneak appearance during the Keynote speech!.

More about RAY BRENDZY

Ray Brendzy began square dancing at the early age of seven, when he was dragged to his first class by his parents. After his first year of dancing, Ray developed an interest in calling. The following year he joined a youth square dance club where he became proficient in all aspects of square dancing: calling, round dancing and square dancing. He annually participated in a local teen competition and received many awards for his abilities. He is still the only competitor to receive the senior calling championship for five consecutive years. He became club caller for the youth group at eighteen. He remained with them for twelve years and channeled his efforts into producing some of the finest youth callers and dancers in the Lower Mainland.

Ray has called for many clubs over the years. He currently has clubs in the Vancouver, BC area. He is also an avid dancer and tries to get out at least one night a week. He has recently completed a C3A teach and is doing some calling at that level as well. Ray enjoys traveling with his calling and is often out of town.

Ray and his wife Christine were born and raised in the Vancouver area, have two children, and currently reside in Burnaby. When the couple’s two children were old enough to dance, they attended the youth club and Ray and Christine soon became involved with teen dancing again. Nicholas and Caitlyn enjoyed square dancing and were soon actively involved in the movement. Ray enjoys sharing the stage with his children. Together they produce some great harmony. Family is very important to Ray and Christine and this is very apparent when you are around them. Square dancing has become a family tradition, and their love for the activity keeps them together and attracts others who share the enjoyment of square dancing.