Mike Seastrom, Los Angeles, California
Calling Basic thru C1; Cueing Easy thru Phase II; Traveling, Recording artist, Callerlab member, Contralab member, Caller Seminars, One Night Stands, Community Dance Program (CDP), Mixers, Line Dances, Country Western Two-Steps, Contras, Handicapable Groups, Youth Groups, BMI and ASCAP licensed; Calling since 1963/ Record with Rhythm Records - www.rhythmrecords.biz/ Past Member of the Board of Governors of CALLERLAB/ Past Chairman of CALLERLAB/ CALLERLAB Milestone Recipient/ Active in Leadership and Caller Training Seminars. Listen to his MP3 sound bite of "I Hope You Dance."
Read Mike's 2011 Caller Lab Keynote address, presented in Las Vegas, Nevada
Jack Pladdys, Indian Springs, Ohio
Jack began calling in 1982 while serving as a member of the US Air Force. During an assignment at Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan, he launched his calling career in his off duty time with two local clubs. Upon moving to Dayton, Ohio in 1983, Jack called regularly for an Advanced and three Plus clubs. It was in Ohio that Jack had the fortune of meeting Chuck & Bobbie Myers. Chuck became Jack's "mentor" and helped him learn the craft of calling not only from the technical aspect but also from the importance of being a positive influence and striving to better the activity as a whole. Jack attributes his success and accomplishments 100% to the role modeling and teachings of Chuck & Bobbie.
Jack moved to Utah in 1989 where he again worked regularly for an Advanced and three Plus clubs. Jack retired from the Air Force in 1992 and relocated to Ohio. He and Sherry were married July 14, 1995. Together they spend the week managing a very busy home program calling and teaching for A-Sharps, the Frontier Squares, the Skirts & Shirts, and the Venus & Mars Square Dance Club. In addition, they staff several weekends and travel regularly in the eastern half of the United States. He has taught beginner lesson classes every year since he started calling in 1982. He is currently teaching two beginner classes, an A2 class, and a C1 class. Jack believes the existence of Square Dancing is solely dependant upon all callers staying passionate about the craft and activity and dedicated to always teaching new dancers every year.
Jack works as the Materials & Logistics Manager for Pioneer Automotive Technologies of Springboro, Ohio. Collectively, Jack & Sherry have six children and twelve grandchildren stretched out from Ohio to Florida to Arkansas, Texas, and Oklahoma.
Jack has traveled and called extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, the Middle East and Europe. He has been on staff of the World Convention in Austria, the Hawaiian State Convention, the International Singles Convention in Canada, Fontana resort in North Carolina, English Mountain resort in Tennessee, and is currently on staff at Pride Resort in North Carolina. Jack and Sherry also call for and administrate several weekends and festivals yearly including Ohio's Smokin' In Rail City, Indiana's Spring Extravaganza, and the Florida Winter Festival.
Jack recorded with Chicago Country Records. He is a member of the Miami Valley Callers Association, the Cincinnati Callers Association, and CALLERLAB. He has served terms as President of the Miami Valley Callers Association and the Northern Utah Callers Council. Jack has worked on education panels at CALLERLAB and National Conventions and has conducted many caller training seminars and clinics. He serves as the Central US Leader for Grand Square, Inc., and aspires to obtain his caller coaching accreditation through CALLERLAB
Jack and Sherry reside in the small community of Indian Springs nestled between Hamilton and Middletown, Ohio just off Ohio State Route 4. Jack calls and very much enjoys teaching Basic through C1 Square Dancing. He also excels at presenting easy teach squares, lines for private “one-niter” parties.
"Dee Dee" Dougherty-Lottie, Minneapolis, Minnesota
World Class Teacher-Cuer-DJ and Line Dance Iinstructor.
Dee Dee is a full-time traveling square dance caller with over 20 years of experience. She also teaches C/W Line Dancing, currently working at 6 parks in the Phoenix area. She lives in Minneapolis, MN but winters in Arizona.
Dee Dee calls extensively throughout the year, including flying out for weekends and festivals. She has called in almost all 50 states, as well as Denmark, Japan, England, Sweden and Germany. She teaches for one-nighters, corporate parties, girl scouts and any other group that might be interested in line dancing or having a DJ of sorts!
Dee Dee is a member of Callerlab, MSDCA, NTA and Swingmaster’s. She is BMI/ASCAP licensed and presently a recording artist with RHYTHM RECORDS. Her latest Rhythm tunes are: I Need You Now, Turn On The Radio, Gimme Gimme, Honey Honey, and Feelin' Kinda Lonely. Her CD’s (all with yodeling!) are always available, along with Country Western line dance booklets. Listen to her MP3 sound bite of "Gimme Gimme." This past year at the First Annual International Square Dance Music Awards she was nominated by the dancers for 4 Ozzies and won 3!
Jet Roberts, Antelope, California
Jet Roberts started calling in 1971 at the young age of eight years old. Three years later he was calling for three local clubs in the Sacramento, California area. He always dreamed of making calling his full time occupation and by age 19 he was established as a full time caller on the west coast.
To date Jet has been featured in all the western states & has traveled as far east as New York & into the New England states. Since 1993 Jet has been featured in other countries such as Sweden, Denmark, Holland, United Kingdom, Germany, Finland, and New Zealand & spent two years calling full time in Perth, Australia.
Jet calls levels from basic through A-2 & from the age of 10 he has never missed a year of teaching a beginner’s class & sometimes as many as three in a season. Jet believes that all callers should teach beginner classes as without them the activity will continue to decline.
During the national convention in Detroit, MI. in 2011 Jet became the newest staff caller on Rhythm Records which is considered one of the top record labels of all time with an all-star staff. Check out their web site to get your exclusive membership & get some of yesterday & today’s finest square dance music on the market. http://www.rhythmrecords.biz/
In the summer of 2004 Jet married Sylvia Bjork from Sweden. They had a beautiful wedding in her hometown of Orebro, Sweden with many friends from Europe & the USA in attendance. Jet & Sylvia are currently living in Antelope, California near Sacramento. Jet is the proud father of two girls, Lacey born in 1988 & Lindsey in 1991 from a previous marriage. On February 22, 2009 Sylvia gave birth to their daughter Stella.
Jet is known for his smooth & interesting choreography & his singing calls are always a pleasure to dance & listen to. If Jet Roberts comes to your area, don’t miss the opportunity to dance in a fun filled & lively atmosphere.
Sharon and Casey Parker, Manteca, California
Casey & Sharon met at a square dance beginners hoe-down in January of 1971. Sharon began cueing and teaching rounds in 1975 while at the same time Casey began calling squares. Sharon currently has workshops covering phases I-VI. They have written many dances such as Sh-Boom, Gardenia Tango, Walkin’ & Talkin’, American Boogie, I Want a Love That Will Last, In the Mood, Bare Footin’ and Penny Arcade after which their Round Dance club is named
They have been the featured Round Dance Instructors at many festivals throughout the United States. They were on staff at the McCloud Dance Country Square and Round Dance Vacationland in Northern California for over 25 years , with their own week long dancer and new/beginning teacher clinics. They have taught at many State and National Conventions and have been clinicians at several ROUNDALAB conventions. Sharon and Casey are members of several local associations and are Charter members of ROUNDALAB. They have served on both the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of Roundalab. They have served as chair-couple of many ROUNDALAB committees including Video Education Materials, Curriculum-handbook for Teacher Training and Convention Education. During their tenure as Video chair-couple they worked to oversee the production of the current ROUNDALAB Video Demonstration Tapes and the Addendum tapes. When you meet Sharon you might recognize her “voice”, but not her face, as hers was the voice on the videos.
They have been part of the Square and Round Dance movement for 43 years, providing leadership for over 37 of those years, but most importantly, making friends across the country. They enjoy dancing and hope their enthusiasm is contagious.