Purple Majesty

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Many of our regular dancers have been touched by the sudden loss of Prince. So last week, Friday April 29th we decided to reschedule our DJ battle and replay a playlist made up entirely of Prince songs. The catharsis was powerful. It was also heartwarming to see the dance floor filled with so many others who also wanted to celebrate the life of the artist. Although we joke about “no crying on the dance floor,” we aren’t joking when we say DDPP-Akron is a no judgement zone.  We dance our emotions–even in difficult times. Many thanks to the dancers who came together to celebrate Prince and honor our devotion to one of the great artists of the last 100 years.

The evening’s playlist was actually one derived from a 2012 Prince dance party. Hugs, kisses, and thanks to The Den Mother for her help in tweaking the earlier playlist to replay for our needs this past week. Here’s the complete playlist from last week:

 

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Ready to get back on the dance floor? Good–we dance again THIS WEEK! Friday, May 6th at 8pm we’ll do it all again. Remember we dance every 1st, 3rd, (and 5th) Friday of each month. Mark your calendars now for the best Friday night activity in Akron. See you on the dance floor 🙂

Drop It Like It’s Hot (belated February 2016 post)

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DDPP’s birthday month was hot > hotter > hottest. DJ Harvey placed his playlist into our sweaty palms on Feb 2nd and DJ Dewey Dancimal got us all hot and bothered on Feb 16th. We celebrated 7 years on the dance floor by covering it in sweat, as we always do!

DJ Harvey’s Playlist:

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DJ Dewey Dancimal’s playlist, which you can also find on Spotify at https://open.spotify.com/…/…/playlist/0eMLZf6ohLaxDVdoGLcXmX:

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This was also our first chance to really celebrate Bowie’s life after his passing in January. DJ Harvey’s mix did an excellent job of making us reflective but not actually reduced to tears on the dance floor. There is no crying in DDPP!

 

Spring Fever 2016

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Dress for the warmer weather and prepare to sweat!

 

We’ve finally had a break in the cold, wet weather and Spring is putting a lift in everyone’s step! At our last dance party, Friday, April 15th, we had a fantastic number of women turn up to get their boogie on. It was also exciting to welcome back a dancer we haven’t seen in a while! The tunes were flowin’ and good vibes were in the air. Check out this playlist from DJ Dancin’ D-VA:

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MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: your DDPP-Akron Den Mothers are up to something! They are planning a special event coming up soon. It’s gonna be a DDPP Prom where we come together on a special evening, invite male guests to dance, and we raise money for a worthwhile charity. We’ll have more details soon so please keep an eye out for this fun happening.

 

 

Many thanks to DJ Dancin’ D-VA for putting together this past week’s awesome music mix. Next up: we dance in 2 weeks: Friday April 29th. It’s a fifth Friday in April–so plan on spending it DANCING! Then, we’ll dance again on the next month’s 1st Friday: May 6th. There’s so much goodness coming up, I can barely stand it. Music always starts at 8pm. See you on the dance floor.

 

 

Island Rhythms

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Our last dance party was a blast! Friday, April 1st we were on our toes to a music mix filled with Latin/Caribbean inspired rhythms. It may have been cold and dreary in Northeast Ohio that day, but we were swaying to warm breezes and sandy beach fantasies at Martell’s. Every week’s playlist is something new–what do you think we may dance to next time? Join us and find out. The surprise is half the fun. Many thanks to DJ Bz-Beats for the playlist–and the assist from DJ Dewey Dancimal. Check out last week’s playlist:

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We’d love for you to join us again this month. We dance on Friday, April 15, 8pm at Martell’s in Highland Square. Not only is it good exercise, it’s a good way to kick off the weekend!  See you on the dance floor 🙂

 

 

A Little Irish Dancing

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Our last dance party may have been the day after St. Patrick’s Day, but we celebrated with dancing an Irish jig nonetheless. Yes, Friday March 18th, we all had a spring in our step as we rocked it on the dance floor. DJ Riff Raff provided us with an hour’s worth of music which shook the roof and inspired quite a bit of sweat. Check out his complete playlist:

 

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Who can resist dancing to funk like this? What inspires you to dance? Our deejays know how to keep the dance floor hot. Many thanks to DJ Riff Raff for giving his time and energy to help us have a new playlist.

 

 

We’d love it if you’d join us on the dance floor! Ladies–bring a friend, a sister, your mother, an aunt, or even a daughter–and turn Friday nights into a dance party! We dance again on Friday April 1st, at 8pm. Don’t be late–we only dance for one hour.  See you on the dance floor!

 

March: Lamb vs. Lion

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Thanks to everyone who came out last Friday, March 4th. Our latest dance party was another doozy, full of fun and high spirits. Our event was populated with numerous young dancers who brought an inspiring wave of energy and enthusiasm. It always charges the room when we have young dancers with us. Many thanks to DJ Owly B for providing us with the music.

 

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And, in case you missed it: last month Juniper and I were invited to appear on a Cleveland, OH TV news segment to talk about DDPP-Akron. Click HERE to see that video segment. The experience was fun and a little nerve-wracking. Before the interview started, the segment producer told us that we could feel free to stand up and dance a little bit if we would like to do that. Both Juniper and I declined that opportunity! Yikes.

 

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On to more pressing matters–we welcome you to join us at our next dance party, Friday March 18th at 8pm. It will be the day after St. Patrick’s Day so feel free to bring out your best jig if ya got one!  See you on the dance floor.

 

 

 

 

Kool Thing

 

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Last week’s dance party was another one for the memory books. Four days later and I’m still spinning from the dizzying heights of the fun we had. Our deejay pulled his playlist together from an on-line list of songs played on the uber-cool late night series 120 Minutes on MTV.  The alternative music series which ran from the late 80s to early 2000s was a cult favorite to many music fans. And, now to Akron’s dancers as well. He shared with me that it was difficult for him to limit the playlist to just one hour (or 60 minutes).  Maybe someone else will pick up where DJ/DC left off and create another 120 Minutes-inspired playlist? I’m certainly up for dancing to another alternative music playlist. Where do you find your inspiration to create a playlist?

 

 

Many thanks to DJ/DC for providing us with an hour’s worth of dance music. See his complete playlist below:

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If you missed the last dance party, don’t sweat it.  Save your sweat for the dance floor! We dance again THIS FRIDAY, Feb. 5th at 8pm. It’s the 1st Friday of the month and that’s Akron’s dance party night. See you on the dance floor.