South Shore Dancers
April 2019

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

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

Webmaster
    Roger Troupe

"Beautiful Bolero" - April 13th

            contributed by Roger Troupe

This month we continue our Nine Dance Tour from the American style competition dances with the Bolero.

Bolero refers to two distinct genres of slow-tempo Latin music and their associated dances. The oldest type of bolero originated in Spain during the late 18th century as a form of ballroom music, which influenced art music composers around the world, most famously Maurice Ravel's Bolero, as well as a flamenco style known as boleras. An unrelated genre of sung music originated in eastern Cuba in the late 19th century as part of the trova tradition. This genre gained widespread popularity around Latin America throughout the 20th century and continues to thrive (Wikipedia). With it's graceful rise and fall, it is sometimes called the Waltz of the Latin dances.

John & Anne Marie Paul will first be on the floor at 7:30 PM with (what else?) an American Bolero routine for us to add to our repertoire.

Lestyn Gilmore will take over with three hours of the best of ballroom, Latin, a bit of country.

So dress informally or (as the flier for this dance event states) Date Night and join us for an evening of dancing and socializing.

As we have been unable to locate any bolero line dances, so line-dance meister, Steve Cavanaugh gets the night off. We'll offer two of old favorite line dances along with 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 $12.00 for SSD and USA Dance members with advance reservation and $14.00 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

Mambo Madness - Madness: Maybe; Mambo: Definitely

            contributed by Roger Troupe

At our March dance, Audrey Jean returned with a Mambo lesson that was well received due to her attention to detail and assuring that the basics were covered before proceeding to the more advanced figures.

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 evening.

Thanks to Tom for the music, to Audrey Jean for the lesson, to Steve Cavanaugh for the Mambo-style line dances, to contributors to the snack and sweets table and to all those who attended.

Dancing on TV - What's Happening

Dancing with the Stars: Well, folks, the Emperor is indeed nekkid. After ripping the cover off, we can no longer deny that DWTS is just a popularity contest with no more pretense to being a dance competition. After skipping the spring season, the show is expected to return in the fall. Suggested revisions to the scoring system include allowing the judges to award a zero like the audience can. The inside skinny is that the undeserving winner of last fall's series was actually a ringer. He is also a full-time mentor on ABC's American Idol which adds to the rumors of network incest which come from the abundance of (ABC's) Disney stars among the contestants.

There's still no word yet on the fate of DWTS Juniors although discussions continue.

So You Think You Can Dance: “Each season, the talent on SYTYCD reaches new levels and continues to create the most incredible routines,” said Rob Wade, president of alternative entertainment and specials at Fox. “The hard work and passion that goes into each performance is awe-inspiring. We can’t wait to see what Season 16 has in store and look forward to bringing you a new crop of incredible, inspired and inspiring dancers.”

Auditions were held in Dallas and Los Angeles in February. We'll give you the summer broadcast schedule when it is announced by Fox.

World of Dance: Back for its third season, WOD has beefed up its pre-screening to a point where even the first-round competitors are well worth watching. Having said that, there are way too many Hip-Hop crews. Even if you are not a fan of this genre, you will have to appreciate the work that has gone into the precision and synchronicity of their performances. There have been very few soloists and not enough couples. It will be interesting to see how the representations evolve after eliminations. The shows are broadcast Sundays, 8/7c on NBC. The first round is done and qualifiers have advanced to the "Duals" rounds (head-to-head competition).

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