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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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:

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