Say My Name!

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As a mix that had ‘names’ as the theme this was everything we’d hoped it would be – it was danceable, it was singable, it was memorable! This night held many gems but to point out just one, I am a huge fan of the song Bernadette. I don’t think the name is a particularly pretty one (it is the feminine of Bernard after all) but this song makes me wish it was my name. Such longing and yearning is hard to resist. I don’t know if I danced to this so much as I was physically pleading ‘his’ case – ‘Keep on needing me, Bernadette!’

Bennie and the Jets – Elton John
Cecilia – Simon & Garfunkel
Sir Duke – Stevie Wonder
You Can Call Me Al – Paul Simon
Valleri – The Monkees
Billie Jean – Michael Jackson
Mickey – Toni Basil
Bernadette – The Four Tops
Barbara Ann – The Beach Boys
A Message to You Rudy – The Specials
Veronica – Elvis Costello
Lovely Rita – The Beatles
Jimmy Mack – Labelle & Laura Nyro
Jolene – Dolly Parton
Valerie – Mark Ronson/Amy Winehouse
Along Comes Mary  -The Association
Paul McCartney – Scissor Sisters
Jack’s Valentine – Over the Rhine

Sister Liz delivered this perfect playlist without actually being able to dance to it (4/19) – darn that sickness that was going around! Her whole family was affected which meant we were down THREE dancers, thank goodness for some new ladies joining us, their enthusiasm helped save the day.

If you want to put yourself in the mood we were in on that Friday, try out this video, it is bouncy and infectious like the Boys and Girls playlist itself:

Hot and Heavy Recap

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Our last dance party (April 5th) certainly lived up to its name: Hot & Heavy.  DJ Steez filled her playlist with sexy, hot and heavy hits that kept our feet moving on the dance floor.  Just try and not move to George Michael’s “I Want Your Sex” or Prince’s “Erotic City.”  And, I wasn’t the only one–all the dancers that night felt the groove.  Do you have an idea for an awesome playlist –one hour’s worth of danceable pop music?  Then get your name on the list and we’ll schedule you in.  Talk to either Den Mother, Juniper or Joanna, after a dance party and we’ll add you to the list.  This is how it’s done–check out DJ Steez’s music mix:

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We dance again on Friday, April 19th at 8pm as usual at Martell’s Dance Studio in Highland Square.  Bring a friend and learn how fun it is to start the weekend with a dance party! See you there 🙂 

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C’mon, let’s go to Dance Dance Party Party this week!

You gotta hold the frame!

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Finally, a realistic picture of what we actually look like when we come out of DDPP!

I, for one, am a huge fan of Dirty Dancing as I know are many other DDPPers. When we were brainstorming for Fifth Friday ideas I jumped all over the chance to create a playlist from the movie’s soundtrack. With the 20th Anniversary edition released in 2007 there were a ton of songs to choose from although a lot were down tempo. The den mothers decided to spice it up by adding one dance song from the era that the movie is paying homage to, and the perfect DDPP soundtrack was born (3/29).

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This montage video is so sweet, it even has a French translation of the song, ‘She’s Like the Wind’:

Fearless Flashback

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This was both a challenging DDPP mix – as in, super danceable which challenged our endurance, and a comforting one – as in, songs that were super familiar and much loved. This Den Mother is afraid of the 90’s but NOT den mother DJ Prisoner, our DJ for the night. She embraces the 90’s, owns the 90’s, loves and nurtures the 90’s in her heart. Thank goodness for her fearlessness!

As stated in the invite and at DDPP that night (3/15), while creating this mix DJ Prisoner was thinking back on a cross country road trip/dance club extravaganza that would have featured some of these very hits while they were actually hits. She lived this playlist! And through the power of DDPP so did we.

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And if reading this post didn’t bliss you out enough, check out this video: