Waltz Into Winter – December 8th
by Roger Troupe
This month we continue our Nine
Dance Tour from the American dance style competition with the Waltz.
The waltz’s origins are probably
humble. Its name comes from walzen— “to turn” in German—and may have
developed out of the folk music of Austria’s western Tyrol region (although
some authors associate its choreography with the volta, a 16th-century couples dance.)
Whatever its exact origin, by the late 1700s
the waltz spread throughout Europe. The waltz’s
popularity spread to the United States, especially following the Civil
War. American versions of the dance
sprang up, such as the Boston Waltz, or Boston Dip. Both in Europe and America, dancers twirled
their way into the 20th century to the joyful beat of three-quarter time.
Even though the theme is taken from the Nine
Dances, it is really our usual
Christmas dance party.
Jim and Patty McMahon will first be on the floor at 7:30 PM with a (what else?) Waltz
routine for us to add to our repertoire.
At 8:00 PM, Lestyn Gilmore will take over with three hours of the best of
ballroom, Latin, a bit of country and songs of the season.
So dress in Holiday Fancy and
join us for an evening of dancing and socializing.
We’ll have our usual (theme appropriate) line dances lead by Steve Cavanaugh,
ladies choices and two mixers.
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 email@example.com
New Year's Celebration – December 29th
by Roger Troupe
Last year we offered hot & cold hors d'oeuvres passed by the caterers instead of
the buffet we offered in previous years. This was so well received that we
decided to do it again at this year's
New Year's Celebration We'll still have the balloons, the Grand March, the "Snake
Dance" and have a dancin' good time for five hours, with DJ Tom Osterland, starting at 6:00 PM.
We’ll have our usual line dances, ladies choices and two mixers to provide dancing
opportunities for everyone.
There won't be the usual lesson preceding the dance as we want everyone to relax,
socialize, dance at their own pace and enjoy the ambiance of the ballroom.
As this is a catered event, we'll need pre-paid
reservations of $35.00 per person, no later than December 24th.We won't have the snack and sweets table set
up, so the only contribution we are soliciting is the contribution of your
can be made at our December dance event,
or by mail to South Shore Dancers, P.O. Box 276, Norwell, MA 02061.
"Chilly ChaCha" – Out: Chilly; In: ChaCha HOT
by Roger Troupe
If the decorations for this
event looked more like "Penguins on Parade" than Chilly ChaCha, well
that was by design (sort of.) We picked up on the "Chilly" as being cool and the "ChaCha" is, of
course a dance. Put the two together
and, voila… you have the movie Happy Feet,
which was about dancing penguins.OK, a bit of a stretch I will admit, but the penguins were quite cute.
The evening started with a Cha Cha lesson with Paul Hughes, which definitely bordered
on a complete competitive Cha Cha routine with the content. Listening to dancers' comments after the
lesson, it became obvious that Paul
had achieved what he intended… to provide a variety of figures and let the
individual dancers decide which worked for them. DJ Tom
Osterland then took over with 3 hours of ballroom, swing, Latin and a few
country music selections, keeping the dance floor comfortably full the entire
Thanks to Tom for
the music; to Paul for the lesson; to Steve Cavanaugh for the Cha Cha-based line
dances; to all those who attended and to those who contributed to the snack and
Lend A Hand Donations
We are again collecting donations
for the Patriot Ledger
Lend-a-Hand campaign. Last year, we raised a donation of
$3,339.00, including SSD's match of $1000. We plan again to match
the first $1000 and hope to top last year's total. Collection boxes will
be available at our December dance.
Donations may also be made
by mail (SSD, PO.Box 276, Norwell, MA 02061) up until Christmas Day. We will
write a single SSD check to consolidate your gifts so please make your check
payable to South Shore Dancers, with Lend-A-Hand indicated in the memo
block. Thank you in advance.
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