Fall Fantasia


Hasn’t this Fall weather been fantastic?  Our dancers have been loving it as well.  Cool nights and the darkened room make dancing comfortable and effortless.  For those of us that appreciate dancing unseen–even incognito–under the darkness of the unlit room, these Fall nights have been perfect.  This past dance party on Friday October 17, DJ Swizzle kept the dancers moving with her hip-hop-tastic  music mix.  Many thanks to her.


Note the time change: we dance at 7PM on Fri Oct. 31st!

Even more exciting, we’ve got a fifth Friday during the month of October–Friday Oct. 31st.  We have a special music mix planned with spooky, perhaps even horror-inspired danceable music for our Halloween night dance party!  It’s a special mix collected by four of our dancers.  For the ease of dancers planning on partying on that night–we have bumped our dance party up an hour earlier.  Yes, we’re dancing at 7pm on Friday, Oct. 31st.  Now you have time to dance at 7pm and still make it home to attend your friends’ party that night!  So plan on having a howling good time.  We dance again at 7pm on Friday Oct. 31st.  Bring a friend–costumes are welcome.  See you on the dance floor!

What a Marvelous Night for a Moon Dance


Autumn nights have turned cooler and the sun sets earlier.  Our dance floor is now the perfect atmosphere for comfort and unseen expression while we dance.  Our last dance party on Friday October 3 was a little wet outside but otherwise the perfect Fall evening for dancing.  Though we experienced a few technical difficulties, we danced with little concern.  Our first time deejay, DJ Ginger Snap, provided us with a rockin’ music mix that kept us spinning.


With even more daring, she challenged herself by creating a themed mix incorporating musical references to the astronomical.  I think she deserves extra points for working in the song “Locked Out of HEAVEN” by Bruno MARS.  How clever is DJ Ginger Snap!?  Plenty–that’s for sure.  Thanks again to DJ Ginger Snap for her efforts to keep us dancing!


Another piece of business–Did every one hear?  DDPP-Akron was voted Favorite Group/Organization in a poll this summer hosted by the blog Akron Empire.com.  YAYY!  Thanks to everyone who voted!  Check out the original announcement HERE.

We’ve got a full month in October with plenty of opportunities to join us to dance.  Our next dance party is Friday, October 17, 8pm at Martell’s in Highland Square.  Mark your calendars for Friday, Oct. 31st as well–we have an extra special Halloween-inspired dance party for the fifth Friday of this month.  You don’t want to miss out!  See you on the dance floor!

Thank You for Giving Me the Best Day


A technical SNAFU prevented DJ Mama Bear from sharing her music mix with us as planned several months ago.  We got her back on the schedule and we finally grooved out to her hour’s worth of danceable delectables.  On Friday September 19th,  we rocked out to dance classics such as Snap!’s Rhythm is a Dancer, George Clinton’s Atomic Dog, I Wanna Dance With Somebody by Whitney Houston, and Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean.  We also got to try some different rhythms with songs such as Les Yeux Noirs by Coco Brival and Elias by Dispatch.  I also got my first chance to dance to Cotton Eyed Joe without fear of being caught on the Akron Rubber Ducks’ fan cam with thousands watching!  This is a strength of DDPP–we get to hear familiar and new songs and find our own rhythms to express ourselves in a non-judgmental space.  This is who we are.  Many, many thanks to DJ Mama Bear for sticking by us so we could finally get her music played, and volunteering her time and effort to help us continue doing what we do.  Check out her complete playlist:


Interested in contributing your own hour’s worth of dance music? We are currently adding deejays to the schedule–even if you’ve already contributed this year, we can offer you a second go around, if you’re willing.  Let the Den Mothers know you want to deejay, and we’ll get you on the schedule.

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Don’t sit at home–come dancing!

We hope to see you at our next dance party on Friday, October 3rd.  This year October is a month that includes a fifth Friday–we already have a special playlist in mind.  You don’t want to miss out on all the spooky fun!  As always, we dance at 8pm in Martell’s Dance studio in Highland Square.  See you on the dance floor!

I Will Follow…You to DDPP




The Labor Day holiday is behind us and we move forward into cooler weather and earlier sunsets.  For mothers of school aged children, it often means a new routine as well.  As we welcome autumn back once again, it’s an ideal time to re-discover the fun of DDPP.  At our last dance party on Friday September 5th, we tapped our toes to an 80s playlist courtesy of a new deejay, DJ Owly B.  While we’ve certainly rocked out to 80s set lists before, every mix is a unique one–and DJ Owly B showed us what an awesome alternative music playlist from the 1980s could sound like.  We owe much thanks to DJ Owly B for donating her time to providing us dancers with the music we crave.  Check out her complete playlist:




We’re currently looking for deejays to sign up, get their names on the schedule, and provide us with an hour’s worth of danceable music for selected dates during our October, November, and December dance parties.  Know what it takes to deejay?  Click HERE to see the deejay suggestions again.  If you’d like to volunteer, please email the address, or speak with den mothers Juniper or Joanna after the next dance party.  Remember this song from our previous event?



If you’re looking to join us, our next dance party is Friday Sept. 19th, 8pm at Martell’s as usual.  Remember our dance parties are ALWAYS the 1st, 3rd, and when there is one, the 5th Friday of each month.  Mark your calendars now and join the fun.  See you on the dance floor!




Abscam Akron-Style



Our last dance party, Friday August 29th, was a fifth Friday of the month.  That means we danced to a movie soundtrack–like we do every fifth Friday.  This past week, we shuffled and glided to the 1970s, guitar-rock infused soundtrack to the critically acclaimed, 2013 movie American Hustle.  Remember a few of our past movie soundtrack dance parties?  We’ve already been host to Dirty Dancing, Saturday Night Fever, The Wedding Singer, Footloose, the movies of Quentin Tarantino, 80s teen movies, and American Graffiti.  Have I forgotten one?  These dance parties always seem to prove popular–and we look forward to hosting many more in the future.  For last Friday’s complete playlist from American Hustle, see the list below:

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Don’t forget–we dance again on the first Friday of each month.  That means we’ll all meet together again to dance this Friday, September 5th, 8pm at Martell’s as usual.  This is a short work-week because Monday is a federal holiday–so don’t get your days all out of whack and forget that you’ve got DDPP this week!  Get your new fall schedule organized–and join us for the most fun you’ll have all week!  See you on the dance floor :D



Fun & Games


Wasn’t it terrific having GG9 right here in our own backyard?  What events did you get to see–or participate in?  We were lucky to have a guest deejay from Chicago, DJ Dick, volunteer a playlist entitled Gay BFF to help us keep the party going.  And keep it going, we did!  Though the summer heat was very tolerable, the dance floor was too hot to touch as we shook it all night long.  I think we all earned gold medals!  Remember this classic song?


If you missed last week’s dance party–hang in there!  We have another one this month.  That’s right–August has a 5th Friday this month, and you know what that means?  We will dance to a movie soundtrack.  On Friday, August 29th, 8pm we will dance to the soundtrack of American Hustle.  The 2013 Oscar-nominated film has a laid-back, informal 1970s soundtrack that you’ll easily warm to.  Come and enjoy the last days of summer by kicking up your heels for an hour!  See you on the dance floor.


Take the curlers out–and come dancing!

Geeking Out with Dungeons & Dancin’

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DJ Dewey Dancimal provided us a musical treat at our last dance party on Friday, August 1st.  As a way to lengthen the summer fun of Geekfest held at the library the week before, DJ Dewey Dancimal created a playlist for everyone’s inner geek!  Whether you nerd out over sci-fi, literature, science, or math, there was a danceable track selected just for you.  Check out her complete playlist below–or listen to it HERE by means of Spotify.


Thanks DJ Dewey Dancimal.  Do YOU, dear Reader, have an hour’s worth of danceable music in your collection?  Why not turn that playlist into an evening’s entertainment for DDPP-Akron?   Let Joanna or Juniper know about it after any dance party, and we’ll add you to the schedule of deejays.

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When is our next dance party?  Remember we dance every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Friday of every month.  Checking the calendar, that means we dance again on Friday August 15th, 8pm.  Rumor has it–we have an out-of-town guest deejay with a special mix to highlight the Gay Games which are in our own backyards this week!  Come and join the fun–and don’t be late!  We only dance for 1 hour.


This month is special for another reason too.  August includes a 5th Friday and you know what that means–we dance to a movie soundtrack.  Friday, August 29th, we’ll be rockin’ out to the cool 70s sounds from the 2013 critically acclaimed film American Hustle.   Think Steely Dan, Santana, Elton John, Electric Light Orchestra, Supertramp, and Todd Rundgren.   Maybe even a little disco.  Forget your troubles–or a little thing called Abscam–and put your boogie shoes on.  See you on the dance floor!


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