John Flora was born in Southern California in 1965 and learned to square dance from Bob Robey in Los Gatos in 1980. His partner was Bob's daughter, and when she moved away, John stopped dancing for several years. He got hooked again at the 1983 Santa Clara County Fair. He joined Arlan Wright’s beginner’s class with the Skirts and Flirts, a couples only club, at the American Legion Hall in Campbell. When John lost this partner again he joined the San Jose Bachelors 'n' Bachelorettes.
The same 1983 County Fair
introduced John to round dancing, and
since he was a ballroom dancer he had no trouble with the simple rounds. He decided then and there to become a round
dancer. He took lessons from many of
the great local teachers of the day -- Jim and Barbara Barnes, Larry
Elaine Andrews, Clark and Maxine Smith, Koit and Helen Tullus, and his
inspirational teacher, Anndrea Stephan, who he came to call "Mom". By the end of 1983 John had learned to
cue many rounds, and when Anndrea moved to Southern California he was
to take over her two clubs and a beginner’s class.
John has cued and taught
Basic through Phase IV round
dancing for twenty years. He has also
been a guest cuer for clubs and conventions across the United States. He currently cues for the Stanford
Quads (where he is also a member), and
John has choreographed several songs including "So Nice To Be With You" (1986), "Croc Rock" (1989). and "A Slow Two-Step in the Night" (1999).
Outside of dancing John is
an independent businessman whose
company does ancestry research. For
more information see his web site http://www.ancestryexperts.com/.
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updated March 29,2011
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