Brett Kappenman

Brett started dancing in 1977 as a pre-teen with the Sunset Teens and later danced with Kappie’s Kalico Kids.  After several years of dancing with adult clubs Brett joined the Twirl-N-Teens in 1984 and competed for the first time in the Pacific Northwest Teen Square Dance Festival in 1985.

In the fall of 1986 Brett joined the Jeans-N-Queens and started his calling career. He called his first dance in late 1986.  For the next few years Brett continued dancing with the Jean-N-Queens.  In 1989, Brett took over calling for the Jays N Ques.  This was a pre-teen club closely tied to the Jeans-N-Queens.  As kids became teenagers they moved from the Jays N Ques to the Jeans-N-Queens.

A few years later, Brett joined the Shirts-N-Skirts teen square dance club as their caller.  Over the past 37 years Brett has called for other teen clubs including the Mavericks and Rockin’ Teens. In 2011 Brett started calling for the Jacks and Jills along with Rob Sax.

Brett has served as President, Treasurer and Council Delegate of several clubs since he started dancing.  He is the Past-President of Central Puget Sound Council, Treasurer of Northwest Callers and Corresponding Secretary for the Square and Folk Dance Federation of Washington since September of 2022 . In April he was elected as the 2024-2025 President of Rainier Council. In June of 2024 Brett received the honorary Jack Willison Award. This award is given to square dancers in the Central Puget Sound Council area for their support of square dancing in the region.

He has been the sound chairperson for 5 Washington State Square and Folk Dance Federation Festivals including Redmond, Enumclaw, Everett, Puyallup and most recently Suquamish. He will once again serve as sound chairperson for the 2024 Washington Washington State Square and Folk Dance Federation Festival to be held in Yakima Washington.

In March of 2024, Brett became the Club Caller for the Swingnuts of Sumner, Washington. He’s looking forward to calling his first full season in the fall. He hopes to see you there. For information on upcoming Swingnuts sponsored dances, visit

You may not know this, but Brett has danced at the halftime shows for the Seattle Seahawks and the Seattle SuperSonics.  He’s choregraphed dozens of pre-teen and teen dance exhibitions over the years and in the past ten years, two flash mobs.  Brett estimates he’s taught over 500 kids how to square dance, exposed thousands of adults and kids to square dancing and coached dozens of kids how to call.

Upcoming Dances with Brett:

June 20th – SwingnutsThursday Nite Lites.
June 22nd – Round Squares – Kitsap Square Dance Center
July 11th – July 13th Washington State Square and Folk Dance Federation Festival
September 14th – Olympia Do-Si-Dos – Lac-A-Do Hall, Olympia, WA
September 21st – Swingnuts – Sumner VFW, Sumner, WA
October 19th – Swingnuts – Sumner VFW, Sumner, WA

Brett is looking forward to the 2024-2025 dance season and introducing new dancers to square dancing.