Kool Thing



Last week’s dance party was another one for the memory books. Four days later and I’m still spinning from the dizzying heights of the fun we had. Our deejay pulled his playlist together from an on-line list of songs played on the uber-cool late night series 120 Minutes on MTV.  The alternative music series which ran from the late 80s to early 2000s was a cult favorite to many music fans. And, now to Akron’s dancers as well. He shared with me that it was difficult for him to limit the playlist to just one hour (or 60 minutes).  Maybe someone else will pick up where DJ/DC left off and create another 120 Minutes-inspired playlist? I’m certainly up for dancing to another alternative music playlist. Where do you find your inspiration to create a playlist?



Many thanks to DJ/DC for providing us with an hour’s worth of dance music. See his complete playlist below:

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If you missed the last dance party, don’t sweat it.  Save your sweat for the dance floor! We dance again THIS FRIDAY, Feb. 5th at 8pm. It’s the 1st Friday of the month and that’s Akron’s dance party night. See you on the dance floor.



3rd Annual Video Night

I want my MTV

Aahhh Video Night is my favorite dance party each year.  Our first veejayed event was in 2013–click HERE to see that event review again. Here’s how I first described it:


“If you missed it, you need to picture it:  the full length and height of one wall of the dance studio (that includes the door) was covered with splendid music videos streamed off Youtube.  If you stood in the middle of the room, the projected image was doubled in the mirrors that run along the dance room wall.  So when all six members of the band L.T.D. performed live on stage during the video for “Back In Love Again,” we saw an enormous 12 piece band rockin’ that stage.  Yes, there were two J.Lo’s singing “Love Don’t Cost a Thing,” and Martell’s was filled with break dancers during the song “Don’t Stop the Rock.”  As each of us danced around the room, we became a part of the light show as the projection bulb covered us, casting our silhouettes on the wall.  Members of DDPP were each shadow dancers in the music videos.  It was AMAZING!”


Our 3rd annual event, last Friday January 15th, The Den Mother and DJ Dewey Dancimal shared the creation of the all-new playlist which included hit tunes from Beyoncé, Sia, Avicii, George Michael, and more.  You can listen along with the Spotify playlist here–or see below for the list of songs:


Remember this?



January continues to bring an abundance of goodness.  We will be dancing one more time this month: Fri Jan. 29th–the fifth Friday of this month.  We’ll start at 8pm.  Our deejay will be DJ/DC who is creating a special playlist based on his favorite songs from the popular MTV alternative music show 120 Minutes. Sounds like it’ll be a lot of fun!  See you on the dance floor.




Sweet Little 16


I like the nickname ‘Sweet 16’ for the new year. It makes me envision positive outcomes, best case scenarios and amazing playlists like this one (1/1) from grrrilla beats!


We never know what to expect from a DDPP that lands on a holiday and so we were all pleasantly surprised to dance with an array of out of town visitors, new dancers, little ones and of course, veterans of the dance floor. We started the year off with a bang and are promising to keep this positive vibe going for all of 2016!

Please do consider DJing this year if you haven’t before – it is a new year after all – take on the challenge! All song styles wanted, just like in this cute vid:

Songs from 2015

Goal For The 2015


What a fun way to end the year! DJ Dewey Dancimal filled the music mix of our last dance party of the year with songs released in 2015.  Our toes were tapping as we said goodbye to the last 12 months. DJ Dewey Dancimal created her playlist using Spotify–here’s the link to see the playlist.  What songs would you have selected for your own danceable 2015 mix?





You know what the end of 2015 brings? THAT’S RIGHT! The new year. We’re starting it right in 2016.  Please join us on the dance floor for our next dance party: Friday, January 1st, 8pm at Martell’s in Highland Square as usual. Put your best foot forward in the new year.  See you then :)



Just Dance!

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I’m fascinated by the ways our deejays are inspired to create the unique playlists we use for our dance parties.  We’ve been doing this for seven years, several times each month–that’s a lot of playlists!  And sometimes a bit of creativity is drawn upon in order to make another one-of-a-kind music mix to keep our feet moving.



Case in point is last week’s dance party–Friday, Dec. 4th. The Den Mother used the most popular songs across three years of rankings from the video game Just Dance to find new songs to fill her playlist.  You don’t need to know what the game is about or have any experience with it–just know that the music used in the game can also be the perfect dance music for an Akron DDPP event!  See what I mean: check out The Den Mother’s complete music mix:


What inspires you to select the songs you choose when you create a new playlist? Our next opportunity to hear an all-new music mix and dance to our favorite beats is coming up: Friday, Dec. 18th, 8pm at Martell’s in Highland Square.  This will be our FINAL dance party of the year so you don’t want to miss it.  See you on the dance floor!


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DJ Battle: Boy Vs. Girl in the World Series of Love


Last Friday, Nov. 20th, we saw our fifth DJ Battle at DDPP-Akron.  What am I talking about?  DJ Battles are just another approach to creating an hour’s worth of music for a danceable playlist.  A DJ Battle occurs when two deejays agree to create seven (or so) categories and match each other with songs that fit the category.  The result is fourteen songs (about an hour’s worth of music).  It’s not as much a competition as the title implies–but as we always say….the true winners are always the dancers!



DJ/DC and DJ Prisoner went head-to-head to create this music mix.  They came up the following categories: Girl Group song, Boy Band song, Cover song, New Wave song, Grammy-winning song, song from 2013, song with an animal in the title, and Prince song.  They took their title: “Boy Vs. Girl in the World Series of Love” from the lyric of a Prince song (U Got the Look) so it seems right to include a Prince song each. What songs would you choose to match these categories? Check out the complete playlist of their choices:

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Want to create a unique playlist like this? We’ve had four previous DJ Battles.  HERE‘s a link to those. You are free to use any of those categories or create your own. So grab a partner and join the deejay fun! You can get on the deejay schedule by speaking with either Den Mother after any of our next events.  When do we dance next?


We’ll see everyone again on Friday, Dec. 4th at Martell’s Studio.  Music starts at 8pm so don’t be late! Bring a friend and enjoy the hottest dance party in Akron.



Dance Apocalyptic

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Oh, we had another doozy!  At our last dance party on Friday, Nov. 6th, the ladies of DDPP-Akron welcomed a new deejay named DJ Upcycle and she rocked it like none other.  Toes were tapping and fingers were snapping as we spent the hour spinning to the rhythms and rhymes of rock. Don’t believe me?  How could you sit still during a song like this?

Many thanks to DJ Upcycle for providing us with our evening’s musical dance inspiration.  Check out her complete playlist below:


You don’t want to miss out next event!  Come and burn off a few calories before your Thanksgiving meal.  Two of our regular deejays (DJ Prisoner and DJ/DC have decided to DJ battle for our next playlist–they’re calling it: Boy versus Girl in the World Series of Love. This is gonna prove to be an epic night. Mark your calendars for Friday, Nov. 20th, 8pm at Martell’s Studio in Highland Square. See you on the dance floor.


You recognize DJ/DC and DJ Prisoner, right?


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