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!

Rebels & Outsiders

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As defiant as the title suggests, our dancers embraced the theme last Friday, July 18th, at our last dance party.  Yet, we did what we usually do–by following the philosophy of the dance floor.  It was an amazing night, as usual!  DJ grrrilla beats provided us with a themed music mix filled with songs  reflecting and inciting rebellion.  It was the perfect playlist to accompany our typical attitude of dance and commitment.  See for yourself:




Thanks to DJ grrrilla beats for the playlist.  If you missed this last dance party, don’t fret!  We have another one on Friday August 1st, at 8pm.  As usual, we will meet at Martell’s in Highland Square and you are welcome to join us.  We’ll have an all-new playlist.  Heads up dancers!  The month of August offers us a Fifth Friday so we’ll be dancing to the movie soundtrack of American Hustle.  It will be a night of cool, breezy, 70s hits  for what I’m sure will be a hot, August night.  See you on the dance floor.



This is Dedicated to the One I Love

We’ll miss you Bobby Womack!

I didn’t hear any Mamas and the Papas at our last dance party, Friday July 4th. However, The Den Mother deejayed a themed music mix dedicated to the dancers of DDPP-Akron. Some of the songs were included specifically for individual regular attendees, while other songs were meant to pay tribute to several dancers–and other tunes spoke to the group in general. I was ready to lay claim to half a dozen songs I was sure were meant just for me! And I think that was The Den Mother’s intent. Many thanks to The Den Mother. Check out her complete playlist:




Sometimes people ask us why we have themed mixes–and new deejays sometimes fear they are expected to craft their own themed mix. So let me explain: no one is ever obligated to create a themed playlist. Some of us that have deejayed many times get inspired, on occasion, to give ourselves a framework to limit our selections for mixes. That is all a themed mix is. If you ever have any other questions about what makes a good music mix, please read over the instructions located on the website HERE. If you’d like to deejay an upcoming dance party, please see Juniper or Joanna–or contact us on facebook. We always need more music to dance to.


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Our next dance party looks to be just as exciting! DJ grrrilla beats promises a music mix featuring tunes for rebels and outsiders. That sounds provocative–you don’t want to miss this one. We meet Friday, July 18th, 8pm at Martells in Highland Square as usual. See you on the dance floor!

Even Better Than the Real Thing


We returned to the 1990s at our last dance party!  DJ Prisoner supplied us with a music mix culled from hits exclusively from the 90s, a flashback to an musical era some of us aren’t eager to visit again.  But everyone had a good time as we remembered the Oasis/Blur rivalry, the iconic sounds of the Beastie Boys and Beck, and the quintessential sounds from 90s bands such as Sixpence None the Richer, Arrested Development, and Belly.  There’s so much music to unearth from that decade–a fact made clear when one realizes that each of the songs on this playlist is new to the DDPP-Akron song database!  Check out DJ Prisoner’s complete playlist:





Channel your own inner Little Edie and express your patriotism in dance!


Check the calendar–our next dance party is Friday July 4th.  INDEPENDENCE DAY!  It’s not our style to cancel–we’d prefer to express our appreciation for our American Independence with dance.  So wear your favorite red, white, and blue outfit–or don’t–and join us on the dance floor.  We start at 8pm so don’t be late!  The Den Mother is our next deejay and I’m sure looking forward to this playlist–you don’t want to miss it.  See you on the dance floor :)



Substitute Me for Him


Sometimes things don’t go as planned.  But DDPP-Akron doesn’t give up when faced with a challenge.  At our last dance party, Friday June 6th, our scheduled deejay experienced a little SNAFU when her technology didn’t deliver as expected.  But that’s okay–another dancer grabbed her own phone and quickly put together a danceable playlist for our needs.  We’ll re-schedule MC Mama Bear for another date, and thank DJ Steez for filling-in at the last minute.  YAYY!!  We’re not exactly the the type of group that cancels when things get rough.  We’re more like the group that puts it all out on the dance floor!  Check out DJ Steez’ substitute playlist:



You can also check out DJ Steez’ playlist on Spotify:  click HERE to connect to that link.  Thanks DJ Steez.  What’s up next for DDPP-Akron?  Glad you asked.  We dance again on Friday, June 20th, 8pm at Martell’s Dance School in Highland Square.  I know that DJ Prisoner is scheduled to bring the playlist and she says it’s an 1990s music mix!  She “ain’t 2 proud 2 beg” you to come and join the dance party!  That’s a little lyrical teaser there–oh…just google it.  See you on the dance floor!





Rock Around the Clock


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Our last dance party was a sock hop to remember!  Friday, May 30th was a fifth Friday in May so we planned for a special playlist–one featuring a movie soundtrack.  DJ Cher-nobyl created an explosive music mix from the double-album soundtrack of the 1973 movie AMERICAN GRAFFITI.  She had the dancers doing the Twist, the dance to “Tequila”, a bluesy down-and-dirty shake to “Green Onions,” and rockin’ and rollin’ to classics like “Rock Around the Clock,” “Yakkety Yak,” “Ya Ya,” and “Chantilly Lace.”  Many thanks to DJ Cher-nobyl for contributing her time and efforts to provide us with our music this week.  Here’s the playlist from last Friday’s dance party:


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What movie soundtrack would you like to dance to in our upcoming fifth Friday themed nights?  Our next fifth Friday is coming in August–will you be there?  After you mark August 29th (fifth Friday) on your calendar–don’t forget we dance AGAIN this Friday, June 6th.  We always dance on the first, third (and when there is one, the fifth) Friday of each and every month.  The music starts at 8pm and only lasts an hour–so don’t be late.  See you on the dance floor!




Re-live a little of the hot dance music from last week’s party–and join us to dance again on Friday June 6th.




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