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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Teen Dance-80s Style

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Love your 1980s teen movies?  Yeah–so do we.  DJ BYB proved it with her playlist at our last dance party, Friday, April 3rd.  Taking her inspiration from John Hughes movies, DJ BYB rocked the house with a setlist filled with familiar tunes from these movies we all love and have memorized.  Remember the desperate attempts to fit in? the mad crushes? the heartbreak?  How can anyone forget?  The crazy swirl of emotions spun us on the dance floor as we relived the unforgettable moments from these 80s movies.  What songs would you choose if you created an 80s teen movie playlist?  Here’s what DJ BYB chose:

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Many thanks to our deejay last week for volunteering her time and energy to keep the dance floor hot.  Are you interested in joining us at our next dance party?  We dance again on Friday, April 17th, 8pm at Martell’s dance studio in Highland Square.  Remember–we always dance on the first, third, and fifth Friday of every month.  You can always look ahead on any calendar and know exactly when we’ll be dancing together.  You don’t want to miss out on all the fun.  See you on the dance floor!

Remember this Sigue Sigue Sputnik single from the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off?  I sure do!  Thanks DJ BYB.

A New Wave

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Dancability was on everyone’s minds at our last dance party, Friday March 20th.  Our deejay grrrilla beats exercised her music mix-building muscles by providing us with an hour’s worth of dance music that kept us on our toes.  For example, the song “Soul Makossa” filled with hot saxophone licks and funky beats had the room hopping.  What songs would you put on your playlist to fill one hour’s worth of dance music?  Before our last dance party, we were talking about the DDPP-Akron song database again.  Have you been uploading the titles of your playlists when you deejay?  Click HERE to see the song database.  Check out grrrilla beats complete playlist below:

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Spring is in the air in Akron!  Are you ready to kick up your heels again?  Join us to dance on Friday, April 3rd, 8pm at Martell’s dance studio in Highland Square.  See you on the dance floor.

Rock of Ages

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It seemed like such a simple idea yet the results were far more spectacular.  At our last dance party, Friday March 6th, our deejay, The Den Mother, created a playlist of dance songs that spanned–in order–music from each decade since the 1950s.  She went the extra mile and only incorporated songs that hadn’t previously been heard at a dance party.  (She used the song database to research which songs had and which songs hadn’t been played before.)  Clever, right?  And the result was a rockin’, hip-hop-tacular dance experience!  I found myself discovering the rhythms of each musical era and interacting with the music in an all-new way.  It took a one-of-a-kind experience like this to remind me once again how 1970s R&B beats are often found in ’90s hip hop, and how 1950s early rock n’ roll is not that dissimilar to ’80s dance hits.

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Many thanks to The Den Mother for putting in the time to create this fun playlist.  Have you ever been inspired by someone else’s music mix?  I have.  I’m already on the deejay schedule and I’m going to make my own Rock of Ages playlist.  It’s coming in May–so you don’t want to miss my response to The Den Mother.  Are you on the schedule to be an upcoming deejay?  All we ask is one hour’s worth of dance music–and a screenshot of your playlist posted on the facebook group wall before the event.  Sign-ups are going on now–talk to either of the den mothers to be added to the schedule.  Here’s a link to more information about being a deejay.

We dance again on Friday, March 20th, 8pm at Martell’s in Highland Square.  Remember–we dance every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Friday of each month.  That’s not the same as every other week!  The benefit of scheduling it the way we do it is that you can look at any calendar–as far into the future as you like– and know exactly when we’re dancing.  Questions?  Join us on our Facebook page, our Facebook group, and Twitter.  We’ll see you on the dance floor!

Crazy, Silly Dancing Fun

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DDPP was pleased to host both a birthday girl and a Meetup reunion in one night (2/21)! Our dance floor was completely full, the playlist was the perfect kind of ‘varied’ and there were a lot of new, smiling faces. It was a great intro night for all that came to celebrate the 70th birthday and the formal dance group also.

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DJ Estrella was able to incorporate a request song seamlessly into her ‘free for all’ mix and it inspired me to search out this video. So sharp in their matching suits:

You Make Me Feel Like Dancing

“Gotta leave the 9 to 5 upon the shelf, and just enjoy yourself.”  Dance words to live by!

“Gonna dance the night away!”  Leo Sayer’s 70s anthem fit in quite nicely to our first dance party of the month.  Last Friday, Feb. 6th, we welcomed several newcomers with a rockin’ night that sort of came together at the last minute.  Our scheduled deejay experienced a SNAFU that required us to rely on DJ Dewy Dancimal’s extreme skills–her confidence and ability at creating an impromptu on-line playlist.  DJ Dewy Dancimal grabbed her phone, added a few suggestions from the dancers to a partially complete playlist she was already working on–and she handed us a Spotify dance party on the spot!  Luckily, DJ Dewy Dancimal has done this for us before–so she knows what she’s doing!  And none would be the wiser if they didn’t see the brief chaos for themselves!  Deejays are human too–and we know this.  So we’ll just work DJ Balkan Comrade back into the rotating schedule–and we’ll get to that elusive music mix sometime soon!  Thanks to both deejays for working with us.  Check out DJ Dewy Dancimal’s complete playlist:

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DJ Dewy Dancimal’s playlist is also available on Spotify–click the link to check it out: http://open.spotify.com/…/l…/playlist/3Q5MvG4uvkJj7am7aXg5d8

Last Friday was also DDPP-Akron’s 6th birthday–and we celebrated as usual by eating ice cream next door at Mary Coyle’s after we danced.  Can you believe we’ve been doing this for six years!?  How long has it been since you’ve danced with us?

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Grab your best friend and join us on the dance floor!

Our next dance party is Friday, Feb. 20th at 8pm.  Remember–we dance every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Friday of each month.  That also means you can easily look on a calendar and always know when we dance.  Please note:  this schedule is not the same as every other week.  We welcome you to join us on the 20th–see you on the dance floor!

Guardians of the Galaxie Night

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Last Friday–Jan. 30th–was our movie soundtrack dance party and we had a blast.  DJ Dewy Dancimal provided us with a playlist derived from the 2014 hit movie GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXIE.  Sonic joy was had by all as we rocked out to a set list of songs from the late 1960s through the 1970s.  But you’ve seen the movie, right?  We might have had a smaller crowd than usual–hey, where was everybody?–those loyal few in attendance found their groove to these classics.  If you missed last Friday’s dance party, don’t fret.  We dance again in one week!  That’s right–check your calendars.  We dance every 1st, 3rd, (and when their is one, the 5th) Friday of every month.  Next Friday–Feb. 6th, 2015–is the first Friday of the month, so put on your boogie shoes.  For inspiration, check out DJ Dewy Dancimal’s complete playlist from last week:

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Many thanks to DJ Dewy Dancimal for volunteering her time and passion for dance music to provide us with a playlist.  Do you want to become a deejay?  Our Den Mother Juniper is currently scheduling for late spring and looking for volunteers.  Join the conversation on our facebook group to volunteer an hour’s worth of dance music.  Or, talk to her after our next dance party and she can add your name to the schedule.

Grab a girl friend and join us at our next dance party–Friday, Feb. 6th.  We start at 8pm, so don’t be late.  Still not sure what Dance Dance Party Party-Akron is all about?  Read all about us from a recent visitor who wrote about her experiences for The Devil Strip: http://www.thedevilstrip.com/home/these-girls-just-want-to-have-fun-why-what-happens-at-dance-dance-party-party-akron-stays-with-you/  See you on the dance floor!

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