Darlene Underwood (Cincinnati, OH) began contra dancing in 1986. The immediate region around southwest Ohio, including Lexington, Louisville, Indianapolis, Bloomington and Columbus, became as much her home as Cincinnati. Soon, she travelled further afield in pursuit of her great new passion. In 1997 she began calling and continues today. She is currently on the board of Cincinnati Contra Dancers, and serves as co-facilitator. She has been a member of CDSS for a number of years.
Darlene is the mother of 15 year old twins. The family has attended, almost without interruption, Timber Ridge Family Dance Week and Sugar Hill (Bloomington) since the children were 3. Excepting the year they were infants, Darlene has hosted the late-night after party for the Pigtown Fling Contra Weekend in Cincinnati.
In the summer of 2018, Darlene retired from the company she owned and managed for 30 years. She belongs to the Women's President Organization and is involved with Women Writing for a Change.