Biography of Richard Paul Killian

By Dick Killian, Las Vegas, Nevada


Dick and Donna Killian - 2005

Born a twin, the first set, at St Johns Hospital, Santa Monica, CA. 1932. Brother (mirror twin), Robert Paul Killian, a Monaco Principality resident for 30 years plus.



I didn't dance at all until 1958 in Ridgecrest, California, when my sister Polly asked me to go to a Cha-Cha workshop. That was the rage, at least in Ridgecrest at that time. Well, that was a gas! The local folk dancers there are the China Lake Desert Dancers whose logo is dancing Joshua trees (Polly was the artist). Folk dances are the aerobics of our ancestors that open doors and discovers friends around the world!

In 1960 I danced in Reno with the now-extinct Near and Far Folk Dancers. Folk dancing was non-existent at Lake Tahoe when I lived at Crystal By, Nevada, so I started a class at the Crpenters' Union Hall in Kings Beach, California.

Donna and I met in Reno on a double date to see Liberace at Harrah's Lake Tahoe. That night Liberace introduced a newcomer to the showroom circuit, Barbara Streisand. Anyhow, Donna was the other guy's date that night.

We married that year, bought a home in incline Village, had a daughter and a son, then moved to Las Vegas, Nevada in 1969. We've had many great years together with more to come!

The Ethnic Express International Folk Dancers started in 1978; but that's another story.

Richard Paul Killian
350 E. Desert Inn Road E203
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109-9007
(702) 732-4871