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Lee Kopman - Biography

Lee Kopman's name is synonymous with choreography. He has invented more calls in popular usage than any other caller in the history of Square Dancing. He is considered by many to be the foremost advocate and spokesman for the Western Square Dance Community of Callers and Dancers.

Lee graduated from Adelphi University - with a degree in Physical Education and Health. Received a Masters Degree in Educational Administration from Hofstra University.  Member of Who's Who in American Universities  (President of Class in 3 of my 4 years at the University).  Played Varsity Lacrosse and Squash.  Member of Flambeau - Senior Men's honorary society. Physical Education Instructor in the Bethpage School System ( Long Island), 25 years. 

Started calling in 1957 - Eastern Type Square Dancing... (Western Style Dancing was beginning to take hold in the Square Dancing community.  Attended callers school  in 1960 - Specifically - to learn the skill of sight calling. Began to author calls - recycle, and scoot back were the first to be published in square dance publications. Then came: chain reaction, pass and roll, lock it, counter rotate, transfer the column - just to mention a few of over 350 authored calls.

Broke into the national scene - being booked at the WASCA - (Washington D.C. square dance festival - ) which was the largest attended festival in the country in the early 60's. Started recording  - and had 2 records of the month (singing calls). Young at Heart and The More I see You.

One of the founders of the National Challenge Convention.

Met Litlith in college (Adelphi) and was married 3 days after graduation.  He has two children:

  • Steve - Son - Married to Debby and granddaughter - Amanda
  • Phyllis Smith - Daughter - Married to Don - 2 children - Deanna and Collin

A really exhilarating experience for Lee was when he was featured on the Phil Donahue show - 1 hour of western square dancing - with dancers from Ohio, Wisconsin, New York, and Chicago - performing.

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