Gary Sandler learned ballroom dancing in college and came to International Folk Dance just 12 years ago through his son’s involvement in a youth dance program in the Sierra foothills. He learned a wide variety of dance styles and discovered a great love of English Country Dance. Gary likes helping dancers get more fun out of their dances, whether through safe and comfortable hand-holds or clear direct instructions. Gary likes to vary the dance structures for English Country Dances, shifting from lines to circles and squares. Gary calls and teaches a number of dance styles, mostly at his local Folk Dance group’s weekly dance. Gary had the opportunity in 2011 to teach a folk dance to a club in Utrecht, Netherlands, while he and his wife were on their 30th wedding anniversary vacation. The teaching was easy, he says, but following the rest of the class material in Dutch was tough!