Victoria was born and raised in Southern California. She attended Rhodes College where she received her BA in International Business and MS in Accountancy. She fell in love with Memphis and decided to begin her career in the Bluff City.
She reluctantly began taking Square Dance lessons in 2018 at the request of her mother. After a few lessons with Robert Townsend, she was hooked on dancing. She also became intrigued by the caller’s role in the dance and the puzzle like complexities of moving the dancers around the square to the fun music. With Robert’s encouragement, she began singing calls at her local club. She enjoyed the challenge so much that she decided to attend Caller School in 2019. She called at her very first National Square Dance Convention in Atlanta in 2019.
Victoria started Midtown Squares in January 2020, in hopes of expanding modern square dancing into Midtown Memphis.
The son of a career Naval Aviator, Dick was raised in numerous cities and states before following his father’s footsteps into Naval Aviation in 1972. Captain Otis retired from the Navy Reserves in March 2008, and from Civil Service in 2013.
In 2004, Dick and his wife Trish learned to square dance with Charley Stockman at Beaux and Belles of Leesburg, Virginia.
At Beaux and Belles, Charlie encouraged Dick in the occasional singing call. At the same time Dick and Trish met Butch Adams and began to explore Dance By Definition. Butch soon became Dick’s close friend and Caller mentor, encouraging him to attend several callers schools; the New England Caller School 2009, Pocono Caller School 2010, Pride Caller’s College 2011, and The Great Smoky Mountain Caller School 2013. Butch also provided numerous opportunities for Dick to be a guest caller at his clubs.
In 2012 Dick, with his wife and friends, established “Saturday Night DBD” at the Herndon Senior Center, Herndon, VA. Officially named the Old Dominion Square “ODS” in 2014, ODS encourages Plus DBD dancing in the Washington DC area. Dick calls a Plus DBD Workshop prior to each dance, which is called by various callers.
With his retirement in 2013, Dick began calling with Butch more frequently. He taught several new dancer classes at the Herndon Senior Center, followed by a Plus Class, and then Plus DBD workshops.
In 2014, Dick began teaching with the Boomerang Teaching Council, Lincolnia, VA, under the mentorship of Bill Harrison. In 2015, he graduated to teaching Mainstream and Plus classes for the Council.
Starting in 2015 Dick became a full time caller. Currently, he calls for the Greenspring Seniors (social dancing), Old Dominion Squares (Plus DBD), and T-Squares (Advanced).
He has called for Merry Notes, Dixie Cups, Zig Zaggers, Gerrymanders, Four County Squares, Frederick County Promenaders and Tuckahoe Squares, and during the 2020-2021 COVID-19 pandemic, calls Virtual Plus and Advanced Dances.
Dick called for the 2015-2018 Virginia State Square Dance Conventions and for the National Conventions in Springfield, MA and Atlanta, GA. He is a regular caller at the annual Washington DC Area Toys-4-Tots benefit dances . Dick is a member of Callerlab, the Virginia State Caller’s Association (VASCA) and is President of the National Capitol Area Square Dance Leader’s Association (NCASDLA).
Frank has been a square dancer since January of 1985, and attended his first Caller’s School in June of 1985.
Frank has called in many states in the U.S. He has also called in Mexico, Canada, and the Caribbean while conducting Square Dance cruises. Another trip he planned was a two-country 19-day tour of New Zealand and Australia. During his travels, he has also called in Germany, Belgium, and Saudi Arabia.
In 1990 and 1991 Frank was the California co-Chairmen for the CALLERLAB Foundation for the Promotion and Preservation of Square Dancing.
Through the years he has conducted many caller’s schools, and in 1999 Frank received his Accreditation as a CALLERLAB Accredited Caller Coach, the 29th caller in the world at that time to have achieved such status. He formed the California Caller’s College in 2000, which is held annually in the Southern California area in July. He also serves on several committees with CALLERLAB, including the committee that developed the CALLERLAB Web Site.
The current CALLERLAB programs that Frank calls are Mainstream thru C-2, and is accepting bookings for all programs in the future. Frank was the author of the CALLERLAB Mainstream and Plus Quarterly Selection, “LUCKY STAR”, which became effective in July 1996 through June 1997, as well as many other Square Dance calls.