John Oldfield was born in Upstate New York some time in the middle of the last century. Progressively moving west as he went from high school, to college, to graduate school, he ended up in Chicago, Illinois in 1981.
Now in his third career since that time, he works for a large printing company located in Elk Grove Village.
John Oldfield was accidentally exposed to Square dancing in the late 1980’s when he went to Carol’s Speakeasy to learn to two-step. After learning through the Advanced level with Lin Jarvis, he began to learn to call Square Dancing, and eventually to teach.
He attended the caller’s school sponsored by the Gay Callers Association in 1992 at the I.A.G.S.D.C convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
He currently teaches the Beginning class for the Chi-town Squares, although he has taught all levels from Basic through C-1 over the years. Chi-town Squares is a Gay and Lesbian square dance club on the north side of Chicago and is the largest member of the Metropolitan Chicago Association of Square Dance Clubs. John is a member of both Callerlab, The Association of Square Dance Callers and past vice president and current president of the Gay Callers Association.
He has choreographed the opening scene, an old time square dance, of the opera Susannah for Western Michigan University’s music department and for the College of DuPage, here in Illinois.
He also performed the part of the Square Dance Caller in George Balanchine’s ballet Square Dance with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago. Square Dance, written in 1958, was performed for the Joffrey’s spring program at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago in March 2000. The Joffrey Ballet was given a special invitation to reprise the performance at the Balanchine Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC in September 2000.