In the Mood

Andrews Sisters know how to swing.

Andrews Sisters know how to swing.

At our last dance party on Friday, Aug. 21st, our dancers were “in the mood” for a feel-good dance event.  DJ Random Select provided us with an hour’s worth of toe-tapping fun that provided numerous 90s hits and swing jazz tunes.  How cool is that?  Well, those in attendance know exactly how cool it was.  Chillin’, in fact!  When was the last time you hit the dance floor to The Pixies’ “Gigantic” or Luscious Jackson’s “Naked Eye?”  It was a great night.

Many thanks to DJ Random Select for stepping up and providing our playlist.  Check it out:


Ready to dance with us again?  Our next dance party is Friday, Sept. 4th at 8pm.  This is the last dance party of the summer (that’s Labor Day weekend, if you didn’t know it yet.)  Join us for the hour–it’s the perfect way to kick-off the weekend.  See you on the dance floor.

Don’t Stop Me Now

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Sorry for the delay–I guess I’m still in full summer vacation mode.  But the passion and high energy from our last dance party, Friday August 7th, should carry us up til now.  Everyone in attendance had a rockin’ good time to the beat of an inspiring, motivating playlist, courtesy of DJ Big Balla.  Muchas gracias to DJ Big Balla for providing us with our music last time.  Where would we be without our awesome deejays?  Standing motionless on the dance floor, that’s where!  We keep on dancing because we continue to have the best deejays supporting us.  Thanks ladies–and thanks DJ Big Balla.  For her complete playlist, see below:

Remember this song at our last dance party?

Remember this song at our last dance party?

My delay in writing the event review for last time means our next dance party is quite near.  Yes, get your dancing shoes on because we dance again TOMORROW: Friday August 21st, 8pm at Martell’s Dance Studio in Highland Square as usual.  I’m ready–how about you?  We welcome DJ Random Select who promises a playlist that leans heavily on 90s hits.  Let’s kick up our heels and enjoy the remainder of the summer.  See you on the dance floor.

Freaks & Geeks

Bill Haverchuck (played by actor Martin Starr) is everyone’s favorite geek on the 1999 TV series Freaks & Geeks.  What a joy it was to follow Bill’s example and dance to the soundtrack of the series.  Last week’s Fifth Friday dance party (July 31st) was a lot of fun.  Did everyone enjoy themselves as much as I did?  Many thanks to dj grrrilla beats for providing us with our music for the evening.  Check out the complete list of songs:


Wait–hold up!  Even though you may have missed our dance party last Friday, we dance again THIS FRIDAY, Aug 7th.  It’s the first Friday in August and we’re welcoming DJ Big Balla to get our toes tapping.  Please join us to enjoy as much of the summer as we have left.  We’ll meet at Martell’s as usual–and we begin at 8pm.  See you on the dance floor.

Shake It Off


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:


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….


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?


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


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


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:


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!


Neutron Dance!


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!


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