Caller Biographies

Jack Pladdys began calling while serving as a member of the US Air Force. During a 1982 assignment in Okinawa, he launched his calling career 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.

In 1989, the Air Force moved him to Utah 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 busy home program in southern Ohio calling and teaching for A-Sharps, The Frontier Squares, The Henry Ford Squares, The Skirts & Shirts, the Unicorners, the Whirlaways, and The Venus & Mars Square Dance Club. In addition, they staff several weekends and travel regularly in the Midwest. 

Jack is the Customs, Logistics, and Warehouse Manager for Pioneer Automotive Technologies, Inc. of Springboro, Ohio. Collectively, Jack & Sherry have six children and six grandchildren stretched out from Ohio to Florida to Arkansas 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 and English Mountain resort in Tennessee. They also call for and administrate several weekends and festivals yearly.

Jack records with Chicago Country Records. He is a member of the Miami Valley Callers Association, the Greater Cincinnati Area Callers Association, and CALLERLAB. He has worked on education panels at National Square Dance and CALLERLAB conventions and has conducted many caller training seminars and clinics. Along with holding several offices and serving on many committees, Jack has served terms as President of the Miami Valley Callers Association and the Northern Utah Callers Council.

Jack & 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.

Dee Dee Dougherty-Lottie 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 Mpls., 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 andpresently a recording artist with RHYTHM RECORDS. Her records, tapes, and CD’s (all with yodeling!) are always available, along with Country Western line dance booklets.  

Johnny Preston is internationally known for his enthusiastic style and wonderful singing voice.Born in California, Johnny began calling in 1976 while attending Wayne State University in Michigan. He is a full-time caller who travels across the United States and is often featured at festivals and resorts throughout the world - Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Germany, Holland, Japan, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Sweden. Johnny was also featured as a square dance caller in a national television ad for Ameritrade.
Calling Basic to C-1, Johnny is sure to be a crowd pleaser at your next square dance event. You won't want to miss it when Johnny comes to your town!

Johnny is also the founder of Hoedowns for Humanity, a foundation created to raise friends and funds for local affiliates of Habitat for Humanity as well as awareness of the square dance activity throughout the country. 

Johnny lives in Alabama with his wife Lydia.  

Chuck & Shirley Berry took square dance lessons in 1986, followed by round dance lessons in 1988.  They started workshops for new dancers in 1990 and Chuck's first professional dance was in 1994.  Since then, he has cued at most of the square dance clubs in the Zanesville, Ohio / West Virginia area.

Chuck and Shirley teach Phases 2-4.  They hold classes for several clubs in the Zanesville/Wheeling area.  They have been cueing for a round and square dance camping club for 15 years.  They also host a round dance camping weekend in June as well as teach at the Ohio and West Virginia State Conventions.

Chuck and Shirley's memberships include:
Round A Lab
Buckeye Round Dance Council
Central Ohio Caller's Association
Calico Pairs in Ohio
Valley Rounds of Wheeling

Chuck and Shirley have been married since 1956 and have 2 daughters.  They live on a farm in Zanesville, Ohio.  When not cueing or teaching, you will find them tending their 92 acres of hay, as well as their cattle.