South Shore Dancers
January-February 2018

SSD DIRECTORS
Martine Anderson
Laurie Cavanaugh
Steve Cavanaugh
Gene Cobb
Kevin O’Brien
Marie Osterland
Tom Osterland
Joan Paquette
Sara StOurs
Karen Troupe
Roger Troupe

OFFICERS
President
    Tom Osterland
Chairman
    Roger Troupe
Treasurer
    Sara StOurs
Recording Secretary
    Karen Troupe
Corresponding Secretary
    Martine Anderson
Publicity
    Laurie Cavanaugh
Property Administrator
    Joan Paquette
Contract Administrator
    Kevin O’Brien

Webmaster
    Roger Troupe

"Carnivale" – February 10th

            contributed 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 country.

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 tickets@southshoredancers.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 travel dangerous.

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!

            contributed 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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