Darren began square dancing at the age of 13 with his younger sister. The local club in Lompoc, California, didn’t allow children at the time so they took lessons at a club 30 miles away in Santa Maria.
He was immediately drawn to the music and the calling of square dance.. Darrly Hamilton, the caller who taught him to dance, also gave him his first square dance record “Something About You Baby, I Like”, and taught him to call.
He called his first full dance at the Valley Whilers in Santa Maria at the age of 15. His parents, who also dance, had to take him because he didn’t yet have his driver’s license. It wasn’t long after that dance that he became the Club Caller!
For the past 3 years, his calling has taken him to clubs and festivals all over the US and Canada. He’s recorded numerous square dance records with labels like Coyote Records, Scope/Big Mac Records, and Dance Ranch Records.
Darren calls/teaches for Cuesta Squares in San Luis Obispo, California, and calls for many clubs throughout Southern California. He lives with his partner Thom Dang about an hour Northwest of Santa Barbara, CA.