Latin Dance Party

Still stretching out after last week’s dance party?  Friday’s DDPP (May 20th) was the perfect time to bust a move or perhaps find a new one.  Thanks to MC Neme-Sis and her mostly Latin-inspired rhythms, we all found our footing enlivened with steps taken from salsa, the cha-cha, merengue, perhaps a little bossa nova and a lot of hip-hop throughout the evening.  The frequent cheering and applause between songs more than suggests that a good time was had by all.  (Below is MC Neme-Sis’s playlist.)

Bored on Friday Nights?

Looking for something to do in Akron?  Come join us to dance at our next DDPP: Friday, June 3rd at 7:30 pm at Martell’s Dance Studio in Highland Square.  We’ll be dancing for one hour.  So grab a friend and come on down!  (Thanks to Bad Postcards for the above photo).

If you don’t already, you may want to follow this blog as well as receive the latest invitations to our dance parties by way of joining our Facebook group.  This is just another easy method to keep in contact with what’s happening with DDPP-Akron.  See you on June 3rd!

Thanks Chicago!

(That’s my kinda town, Chicago is!)

It recently came to our attention that the fabulous founders of Chicago’s DDPP and DDPP International–the two Jenns–have stepped down as acting Den Mothers.  Click here to see their blog post.  We, here in Akron, appreciate the hard work, responsibility and passion that goes into organizing such a worthwhile community.  We look forward to the future for DDPP Chicago, DDPP Akron and the many adventures and dance moves yet to come.  With much gratitude and sentimentality, the Akron Den Mothers reflect on our own origins as a tribute to the awesome influence from the Windy City.


When I was looking to start a Dance Dance Party Party in Akron I did not realize the changes that were coming to the whole DDPP community. Right when I was bugging the NY ladies to consider letting us in the group the HQ was moving to Chicago. It was a tough transition for me because I wasn’t getting any messages and I thought that maybe the national group was folding. Little did I know that the best was yet to come!

Once the new International Den Mothers, THE Jenns, knew I was already holding events they quickly gave me all of the love and support I needed – marketing help, a kick-ass WordPress site, advice. They built the awesome site and elevated our profile even more. I gave them some wacky ideas and they ran with them.  They asked us to help the other cities and we did. Basically they helped Akron-DDPP get up on its dancing feet and become the prima ballerina that it is.

I personally would like to thank the Jenns for everything they did, making my silly DDPP dream a reality and giving me some of the best times of the past 2 years. My only regret is that I have not yet made it to a Chicago DDPP event, although this summer looks good for it!


I first heard about DDPP Akron from a friend who had to explain to me several times just what it was about.  This friend–you know who you are, Kendra!–repeatedly told me about DDPP and bugged me about going for months.  So I actually didn’t attend my first dance event in Akron until well into the first year (2009).  But I immediately fell in love with the booty shakin’ as well as the attitude of all the other women.  Dancing every first, third and fifth Friday every month has become the routine to schedule the rest of my life around!  I am deeply grateful for the women, both local and across the country, who have had the drive and ambition to organize such a playful and awesome activity.  I also look forward to continuing to help make DDPP better and hopefully convincing Kendra to come to her first dance party 🙂

How Does Your Garden Grow?

A lightning storm with a sudden downpour kicked off last Friday’s Dance Dance Party Party.  It was an electric start to a mix by MC Mary Contrary.  By the time we were dancing to Iggy Pop, thankfully the dark clouds parted to reveal a dazzling *RAINBOW*.  Spring in Ohio means ‘Anything is Possible’–an inspirational philosophy also embraced by many DDPPers.

Thanks again to MC Mary Contrary for her boundary-pushing playlist (see above).  Did you notice the Frankie Yankovic polka song?  Yeah–oom pah pah music briefly flooded the dance floor as we polka’d our hearts out.  Another fun example of ‘Anything is Possible’ at DDPP!

Ruth Gordon, a patron saint of DDPP, singing and dancing in the movie ‘Harold & Maude.’

We’ll see everyone again on Friday, May 20th at 7:30.  We’ll be dancing to a mix by MC Neme-Sis, a challenging playlist to help shake off our winter weight.  Will you be there?

Let’s Hear It for the Boys

Last Friday’s dance event was another successful effort.  Everyone there knows we enjoyed dancing to another mix of deep cuts (see playlist below).  Many in attendance were shaking off anxiety before Saturday’s CraftyMart–a very big independent crafting event in Akron.  On Saturday, I saw quite a few DDPPers purchasing the “Nobody Puts Baby in the Corner” t-shirts.   I also overheard discussions about the possibilities of an upcoming “Dirty Dancing” or perhaps even a “Footloose” inspired playlist.  Any inspired DJs out there?

Thanks again to DJ Riff Raff for sharing his playlist with us.  Anyone else who wants to share their passion for popular dance music with DDPP should talk to Juniper.

Our next dance event is this Friday, May 6th at 7:30 pm at Martell’s Dance Studio in Highland Square.  Remember–we dance every 1st, 3rd and 5th Friday of each month.  We’ll be grooving to the beat courtesy of MC Mary Contrary.  See you then!