CBDanceman A Leader of American Heritage Family Dance Programs. Carl Ballou grew up in a folk dancing family. Born and raised in San Jose, California, he was dragged out onto the floor at a YMCA family folk dance camp at age 5 and introduced to fun dances such as Hokey Pokey and Virginia Reel. Returning to the camp each Labor Day Weekend with his family, by 14 he had learned waltz, polka, schottische, contra, quadrille, and square dances, plus other folk dances from around the world. In high school, Carl and his family were taking weekly classes and attending folk and square dancing festivals in the San Francisco Bay Area. By college, he was a popular square dance caller. His love of dancing and his enthusiasm for fun, family-oriented activities led him to specialize in programs for groups that have no previous dancing experience. Over the next two decades Carl was a Dance Leader / MC for schools, churches, YMCA, company parties, youth and senior citizen groups throughout the Bay Area. When he moved to the Mid-West, he opened a dance hall in Branson, MO. Unfortunately, the Branson Dance Barn closed after one year, but he continued to lead programs for local high school students, regional Girl Scout troupes and a home-schooled children's group. Now living in Rogers, AR with his wife, Danette, he hopes to provide NW Arkansas and surrounding communities with a unique and much needed social activity. His goal is to introduce everyone to a fun, old-time family-oriented experience that America grew up with, before TV and the internet. The music and dances from a variety of different cultures influenced the growth of this country and brought people together. Whether it's a Church Social, Barn Dance, community picnic, youth club activity, or school function - Dancing is Fun for Everyone, Set to Music!