Ace Smith


American squares and rounds
American squares and rounds

Marge and Ace Smith 1991


Adrian C. "Ace" Smith was a teacher and caller of square and round dance. He was born in 1917.

Ace taught at the California College of the Pacific Folk Dance Camp (now Stockton Folk Dance Camp) from 1948 to 1950. He also was a photographer for the camp.

Ace and Marge were married September 20, 1940, in Silver Spring, Maryland. Both were originally Easterners. After graduating from Michigan Tech University as a civil engineer, Ace accepted a position in the west with the U.S. Geological Survey as a topographical engineer in 1941.

During World War II, Ace was doing strategic mapping for the federal government in Washington, Oregon, and California. That was a period of a dozen moves. Eventually he settled in Salinas where he was able to live 21 years without moving. He then resided in San Luis Obispo after 1968. Although living 140 miles away from Salinas, Ace traveled this distance weekly to teach the Salinas Lariat Swingers folk, square, and round dancing for 43 years.

Ace Smith and Chuck Reed were the chairpersons of the 1950 California Statewide Festival held on the Monterey Peninsula. He was a square dance caller for the 1954 California Statewide Festival held in Long Beach and a teacher at the 1964 Stockton Folk Dance Camp.

Ace died in 1995. The Smiths are the parents of three daughters and a son who is a Ph.D.

Dances Ace taught include Betty Black Hawk Waltz and Bossa Nova Mixer.