2014 Rick Bowen documented as a founder of BnB Club AugustDanceBlog

Beginnings of BnB Club, an email To: Doris Volz @ doris@LineDanceFun.com From: Neil Hale:
Yes, my good friends, Charles (CW) Parker, *Rick Bowen, and Mary Hendrix along with myself and Charlotte Skeeters and maybe about a dozen or so others sat together at Swiss Park one evening in the early 80's (over 30 years now) to found the club. We were only able to do this because CW talked the Swiss Park people into allowing us to use the Swiss Park venue, initially at no charge. We had been dancing at the South 40, but not really organized as a club, rather a loosely gathered group. The environment there was deplorable -it was a smoked filled bar with a very small floor and a staff and clientele that hated line dancers. To my knowledge, a good number of the original members and most of our beloved staff of instructors and helpers have passed away.
God bless original members and staff, Rick Bowen, Paul Sorenson, Mary Hendrix, Harry Bisset and instructors Connie Siva and (I believe) Ganean de La Grange (All My Exs Live In Texas) who are no longer with us. I have not heard anything of CW Parker since he left for back East many years ago. I imagine he would be quite elderly. (received in email from Neil Hale July 9, 2014)

*Rick and Joan Bowen have a Swiss Park Connection.
CONFIRMATION for Boots 'n' Buckles founders Rick & Joan Bowen in email from Cindy Lambert:
In a 1997 published bio Rick says: Joan and I founded the Boot's 'N' Buckles dance club.
Statement documented (.pdf file) complete Cindy Lambert email August 13, 2014

their Bio says "We met in 1982 when she came to a honky tonk, where I was teaching, to find out what C/W dance was about.  She stayed after class, I asked her to dance and we've been dancing together since.  We were married about a year later." He goes on to say "I've choreographed about 15 dances during 1995-96.  Most of these are routines for our exhibition dance team and for the several hundred kids I teach each week in the elementary schools here in Amador County."  He mentioned they both teach and did competition judging at CWDI events.... They both also taught senior classes and he said he did most (if not all) teaching at no charge.  He told us he choreographed some of these dances for the school kids.
1)The Boot Scooters Boogie- No date listed
2)The Boot Scooters Kick -No date listed
3)Boomerang Return-5/95
4)Honky Tonk Miss-8/95
5)Brush Country-12/95
6) The Bear Walk-12/95
7) Sutter Creek Stomp (AKA Wolverine Slide)-1/22/96
8) Cougar Slide-2/96
9) Rockin' C-O-U-N-T-R-Y-2/96
10)The Bubba Slyde-1-98
(received in email from Cindy Lambert August 11, 2014)
Cindy Lambert, Willows, CA  (formerly Chico, CA)
Line Dance Instructor in the Chico Area 1991-2014 (plus some couples and special events)

Boot Scooters Boogie - No date listed
Music: Boot Scootin' Boogie
2 Wall Contra/Line Level: Intermediate
Choreog: Rick & Joan Bowen Featured In: *RK Country Issue 1

This signed original Boot Scooters Boogie sheet indicates that Rick Bowen is the choreograher.
(IMAGE received August 2014 from Line Dance Instructor, Eve Holmes, Vacaville, CA)
Brooks and Dunn released Boot Scootin' Boogie in 1991

BnB 1988 Roundup: Rick and Joan Bowen were instructors at Swiss Park back in the mid 1980's.



Tumbleweed taught at Swiss Park on May 2, 1988 (and At Cowtown on May 31, 1988)

(Doris Volz Scanned copies -May 1988 BnB Round Up
provided by Anni Wunderlich (CQS President 2002-present 2014 and originally
mailed to Diane Mongomery, S F Bay Area Instructor)


... I found something from a Sonora workshop booklet (1996) written by Kitty Hunsaker that says "Rick and Joan have several nationally famous choreographed dances "The Boot Scooters Boogie and Tumbleweed".  These dances were recently published in The Big Book of Country & Western Dancing by NAP Productions". 
(received in email from Cindy Lambert August 10, 2014)


Phone shot P. 467 of the original copy of Tumbleweed written by Rick and Joan Bowen, Pine Grove, CA
from my copy: The Big Book of Country Western Line Dancing by NAP Productions
complied by Nancy & Aubrey Woodroof, published in 1996.

Jose Cuervo by Shelly West was the No 1 hit on the 1983 Country Western Charts.
Tumbleweed was written circa 1983; taught May 2nd 1988 at Swiss Park, Newark, California.
*Charlotte Skeeters wrote a re write of the original Tumbleweed for Rick & Joan Bowen's 29 count dance.
(*Information received August 2014 in facebook conversations/messages with Charlotte Skeeters)



1998 Golden Gate Classic Melt Down Party on Nale Hale & Charlotte Skeeters Deck (photo by Neil Hale)
Rick Bowen is the older gentleman 2nd from the end, 2nd row. He stands above Lorraine Kurtela (Hello Dolly) and next to Michele Perron (Smokey Places). Doris Volz stands in the center w/Doug Miranda behind on my right and Michael Barr to my left. Neil told me to take center place because I was the 1998 GGC sponsor.


Steven Garrison uploaded his Tumbleweed Youtube on July 28, 2012.
This is a close match for the original circa 1983 Tumbleweed 29 count 2 wall step sheet.
Rick and Joan Bowen wrote a 5-step turning vine LEFT. His full turns are to the left.

Published August 20, 2014 by Doris Volz
Line dance historian, instructor, author of LineDanceFun.com San Francisco Bay Area, CA USA ©2014