"Carnivale" – February 10th
by Roger Troupe
After taking January off to
recover from the Holidays and turn our regular monthly dance event evening over
to football, we continue our year of "Dancing around the World."
This month we travel south of the border to Brazil.
Rio de Janeiro has one of the
most well-known Carnivale
celebrations. It features more than 100
block parades, many of which are supported by the students and staff of the
city's Sambaschools. Rio's Carnivale is heavily influenced by the
favelas, the poorest neighborhoods in the city. Favelas residents are often members of local
samba schools and participate
extensively in group performances. Famous groups include Banda de Ipanema,
Carmelitas, Cordao do Bola Preta and Suvaco do Cristo. Every neighborhood in the city has its own
street band, with more than 300 bands participating in the revelry. The
celebration is the culmination of months of preparation and brings many
different types of people together.
Paul Russell will start us off with, what else for Carnivale, a Samba lesson.
Then, at 8:00 PM, DJ Tom Osterland will take over with
three hours of the ballroom, definitely Latin and rhythm, and even a bit of
So, dress informally and join us
for an enjoyable evening of dancing, socializing and celebrating, maybe not to
the extent of Carnivale in Brazil,
but a festive time none-the-less. We’ll have our usual line dances, ladies choices, two
mixers, dance hosts and maybe a dance hostess to provide dancing opportunities
for everyone. There will be hot coffee,
hot water for tea and plenty of ice and water and the always impressive snack
and sweets table. Contributions to this
table are graciously accepted, but never required.
Admission is $10.00 for SSD and USA Dance members with advance reservation and $12.00 for
non-members and members without advance reservations.
As of this writing, there are plenty of tickets available. For reservations, call Tom at 781-659-4703 or
email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
"Scandinavian Christmas" Cancelled by Snow
We were all set to have a great time. Even
though the roads in Norwell were reasonably passable, it was worse when we
looked to the South. Further, we were
concerned that all of that slop would freeze by the end of the evening and make
We were caught unprepared in that we had not re-published our storm cancellation
policy. Our sincere apologies go to the several people who did not get the word
and braved the elements to come to the dance only to be disappointed.
We have republished it on the website and
Facebook in case we get more bad weather. We will post the cancellation by 3pm on the website and Facebook if we
need to do need to cancel.
New Year's Celebration – A Grand Time!
by Roger Troupe
Last year, we opted out of hosting a New Years dance event as it would have fallen
on New Year's Eve and there were many other dance opportunities that evening.
This year (well, last year now) we returned with the balloons, the Grand March, the
"Snake Dance" and danced in the New Year (one evening early) for five
hours, with DJ Tom Osterland, starting at 6:00 PM.
"Thank You's" must run a bit longer than usual… Thank you: to the small, but
oh-so-efficient set up crew, that inflated 200 balloons, constructed the
balloon arch, attached the remainder of the balloons to almost anything that
wouldn't "float away", and decorated virtually everywhere... all
within 2 1/2 hours; to Brenda Myette for the generous donation of 2 gift
baskets that were raffled off, the proceeds donated to the Patriot Ledger's Lend-A-Hand Campaign;
to Roche Brothers for the delicious hoeur d'oeuvrs and desserts and to the servers
that circulated throughout the evening passing these; to DJ Tom Osterland for the always great music;
to Laurie Cavanaugh for her photo
documentary of the evening; and to all the dancers who braved the extreme cold
(and even a bit of snow) to attend and make this event a GREAT success.
We again collected donations for the Patriot
Ledger Lend-a-Hand campaign. The ballroom dance community came through again this year to the tune of $2339.00.
Considering we cancelled our December dance event due to inclement weather, and, in previous years, the majority of the donations were received at
this event; this makes this year's total even more heartwarming, as those
donating had to go out-of their-way to get the donations to us.
With the first $1000.00 match by South Shore Dancers, this brings the total, by
either new or old math, to $3339.00!!! This year's total was an all-time
record. All that contributed can be content in knowing that they made the
situation of someone less fortunate a bit brighter.
South Shore Dancers and those whose lives have been touched by your generosity thank
you for your support!
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