"Home on the Range" - June 9th
As we complete our year of
touring the world via the flags of many nations, it is only fitting to end up
at home. It is also fitting that we do
so just before Flag Day on June 14, the anniversary of the date in 1777 when the
Second Continental Congress of the U.S. adopted the first version of our flag.
There are so many of our cultural elements we could pick from to focus our theme.
Let's just pick one ... a bit of country. Lestyn
Gilmore will provide plenty of the best of Ballroom, Latin and a bit more country
style than usual. Paul Russell will return to provide us
with some excellent Foxtrot
instruction in his entertaining style.
In addition, we will be honored
to have George Cometaand April Geyer, the current US Nine-Dance Champions, show us some
of their winning style. We are sure you
will be amazed, perhaps inspired, by their dancing.
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 reservations 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
Of Annual Members’ Meeting
Shore Dancers Annual Members’ Meeting will be conducted on June 9th
at 7:00pm at the Cushing Center in Norwell prior the dance. All are invited to attend, including
non-Members (not voting). It is not
required that one have a ticket for the dance to attend the meeting. The agenda includes election of Directors
for the coming year and a preview of event plans.
"Cinco de Mayo" – Flash: Salsa Has No Mayo
It was a Fiesta. We danced a lot. No surprise
there; that's what we do.
Anne Marie and John Paul put us in the mood with a snappy bit of
Salsa. They got us all started with some basic steps. Then they added some styling and more
variations. When they were done, we were
all "como bailar salsa experto", or at least we felt like it.
Then the baton was passed to DJ Tom Osterland to provide us with a
variety of dance music for the rest of the evening. It was a wonderful crowd and we had lots of
help, especially with the Snax & Sweetz table. Thank you to all.
SAVE THE DATE!! POT LUCK SUPPER DANCE XXVII - JULY 28
Dancing on TV: DWTS, WOD and SYTYCD
Dancing With the Stars
was over so quickly, we didn't get much chance to contrast and compare.
We're only here once a month, you know. Even at that, our early handicapping wasn't
too far off. Unless they were looking
for something specific and didn't see it, it was almost unanimous that Adam
Rippon would win. He had the technique
and the personality. The one miss was
Mirai Nagasu. She had the judges' scores
and her technique was as good as Adam's but she didn't sell herself or her
dances so she bombed with the audience. Taking her place as co-runner-up was Tonya Harding.
She initially had a love/hate thing with the
audience and eventually won them over. Josh
Norman showed promise early and earned his runner-up result. After this weird season format, what will
they do for the fall season?
World of Dance seems to have the
audience to continue. It starts out OK
with the different genres of dance competing to be the best at what they do but
then they will have a dance-final where the HipHop group competes against the
Latin couple and the kids group competes against the contemporary dancer.
Apples and Oranges... Then there is the
pseudo-scientific meters for the judges to enter their scores. Having said all that, the Salsa couple last week
So You Think You Can Dance starts this
Monday, June 4, with trials to select the top 20 dancers who will move on to
the "Studio Rounds". The "All-Stars"
(past winners) will return to partner with competitors in the second half.
This is, IOHO, the most realistic of the
dance competitions. The competitors are
serious pro-wannabes. The judges pick
the finalists, not the viewers. Unfortunately there will be fewer
hours allocated by the network this season.
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