Shake It Off

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At our last dance party, we hosted a large crowd despite the distraction of the holiday weekend. On Friday, July 3rd, we danced our patriotic feet off to a girl-centric, inspiring playlist that was provided to us from DJ Bulee.  Our music setlist included songs by Chaka Khan, Taylor Swift, Diana Ross, and more.  What songs would you select for a girl power playlist?  Here’s what DJ Bulee came up with:

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Many thanks to DJ Bulee for providing us with music.  Our next dance party is Friday, July 17th at 8pm, as usual.  Don’t forget: we will also be dancing on Friday July 31–the fifth Friday of the month.  Our playlist for that special event will be songs from the TV series Freaks and Geeks.  I can hardly wait!  See you on the dance floor.

But I Haven’t Got a Stitch to Wear….

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What was your excuse for missing the event of the season?  Just kidding!  We had a fantastic turn out for our last dance party on Friday, June 19th.  We all got sweaty dancing to a playlist of songs from one artist: Morrissey.  Since several of our regular dancers are all excited to see Morrissey in concert at the Akron Civic Theatre on June 29th–we planned a special dance party to express our loyalty and devotion.  I wasn’t the only one on the dance floor singing along to every lyric!  What’s your favorite Morrissey or The Smiths dance tune?

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Muchas gracias to DJ Owly B for crowd sourcing the playlist to include all our Morrissey favorites.  Check out the complete playlist:

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When do we dance next?  Good question.  You can join us to dance on Friday July 3rd, at 8pm at Martell’s as usual.  Show your patriotism on the dance floor.  It’s the American thing to do.  See you on the dance floor!

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Rock of Ages #3

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Our first dance party of this month, last Friday June 5th, was another Rock of Ages challenge.  What is a Rock of Ages playlist?  It’s a collection of danceable hits arranged in sequential order, comprised of songs from every decade since the 1950s.  The added bonus: making sure each of the songs in the playlist are new ones to our song database.  DJ/DC rose to the occasion with his rockin’ setlist which filled an hour’s worth of foot-tappin’ activity with three songs from the 1950s, three songs from the 60s, two from the 70s, three from the 80s, two from the 90s, two from the 00s, and three from the current decade.  Check out DJ/DC’s complete playlist below:

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What contemporary song would you include on your Rock of Ages challenge?

If you accepted the Rock of Ages challenge, what songs would you include?  Even if you’re not up for the challenge, we hope you’ll join us to dance this summer.  Not only is it good exercise but dancing is also a fun way to kick off the weekend.  We dance again on Friday, June 19th, 8pm at Martell’s School of Dance in  Highland Square.  The next playlist will a be one saturated with hits from The Smiths and Morrissey–who is coming to perform at Akron’s own Civic Theatre at the end of the month.  This is our own version of a concert psyche-up.  Come and join the fun!  See you on the dance floor!

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Neutron Dance!

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Chart topping in their days, the Beverly Hills Cop I and II soundtracks were the inspiration for this Fifth Friday (5/29). When mixed together these movie soundtracks created a very upbeat, 80’s dance experience – not unlike the movies themselves. 80’s pop blended with 80’s electronic and rock to create the perfect time capsule. We cheered and sang and danced to  2 songs each from Patti LaBelle and the Pointer Sisters, respected divas at DDPP, as well as several other ‘Top 10′ songs/artists.

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The surprise song for me was ‘Gratitude’ by Danny Elfman, the video is even surprising (good):

We dance again in 6 short days! The first Friday in June is the 5th and our third Rock of Ages challenge is being answered by DJ AC/DC. This mix will truly have something for every dancer so it is a great ‘first time’ experience. So, we hope to see some newbies!

Rock of Ages #2

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At our last dance party, on Friday May 15th, DJ Prisoner took up the challenge to create her own playlist based on The Den Mother’s Rock Of Ages  challenge from last March.  Click HERE to see that March playlist again.  The format: create a collection of an hour’s worth of dance music using songs from each decade since the 1950s–and don’t duplicate any songs from the DDPP-Akron song database.  As you can see from the set list below, that means DJ Prisoner provided two songs from the 1950s, three songs from the 60s, three from the 70s, etc. up until the current decade.  What songs would you put in your own version of the Rock of Ages Challenge?

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As you can see, we danced to early rock n’ roll from the 1950s, Motown’s The Temptations from the 1960s, funk from Sly and the Family Stone as well as disco from Lou Rawls in the 70s, a rave hit from The Shamen and a hip-hop classic from Public Enemy in the 90s, and a throw-back rockabilly hit from JD McPherson in the current decade. There was a little something for every taste in our last playlist!  Are you inspired to take up the Rock of Ages challenge?  Speak with Juniper after the next dance party to get added to the schedule.

What’s up next?  We’re lucky because the month of May offers us another chance to dance–we have a fifth Friday: May 29th.  Fifth Friday dance parties mean we dance to a movie soundtrack.  So we’re all looking forward to gathering on Friday, May 29th, 8pm at Martell’s to re-live the best music moments from the movie Beverly Hills Cop.  Practice up your Neutron Dance because it’s gonna be a fun night!  See you on the dance floor.

More International Flair

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In case you missed it, last week’s dance party was the second one in a row to highlight music from around the world.  DJ Balkan Comrade rocked the house with dance tunes from the Bulgarian folk/pop scene, India’s pop charts, and a few American hits as well.  Maybe you couldn’t sing along to each and every tune– but that can’t stop us from dancing!  It was a fun and festive night–with pretty good attendance–as we sweated and swayed on the dance floor.  As the weather gets warmer, we open up all the windows, and remember to utilize the drinking fountain more regularly.  Thanks so much to DJ Balkan Comrade for volunteering her time and providing us with another memorable, awesome Friday’s night.  DJ Balkan Comrade’s complete playlist:

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As the weather gets nicer and people’s schedules become more open, don’t forget to mark off your Friday nights as dance party nights!  Remember, we always dance on the 1st, 3rd, and (when there is one) 5th Friday of every month.  Our next dance party is Friday May 15th (the 3rd Friday of May.)  As usual, we’ll meet at Martell’s and music will start at 8pm.  Our next deejay will be DJ Prisoner–she’s created a follow-up response playlist to The Den Mother’s previous “Rock of Ages” set.  That means the playlist is generated from two (or three) songs from each decade starting with the 1950s until the present.  The added challenge of including songs that have not yet appeared in our dance party song database is also accepted.  It should be another awesome night.  We hope to see you there.

Don’t forget: this month also proves to include a 5th Friday on the calendar–Friday, May 29th.  We’ll be dancing to the soundtrack of the movie Beverly Hills Cop.  Remember “The Neutron Dance” and “Axel F?” You don’t want to miss this opportunity!  See you on the dance floor.

African Music Dance Party

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Last Friday, April 17th, we experienced a special treat.  DJ Bulee brought us an hour’s worth of music from the continent to our east–Africa.  Our dancers got to spin, gyrate, and kick up the heels to rhythms and instrumentation that for many of us is unfamiliar.  DJ Bulee has a fiancé that is schooled in music and her audio influences on our dancers are always much appreciated!  Many dancers channeled their inner-hippie with a free flowing spirit of movement and joy that the West may not fully appreciate.  The studio was filled with dancing bliss.

Muchas gracias to DJ Bulee for providing us with our music for the week.  Check out her complete playlist below:

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Sorry that you missed our last dance party?  Don’t weep: we dance again on Friday May 1st, 8pm at Martell’s Studio in Highland Square.  Pay special attention–we have three dance parties in May.  We dance on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Friday of each month so, in May we’ll gather on May 1st, May 15th and again on May 29th.  You know what a 5th Friday means, right?  We’re dancing to a movie soundtrack.  Next up–we’ll dance to the music found in Beverly Hills Cop.  Another 80s movie soundtrack extravaganza!  See you on the dance floor.

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