South Shore Dancers
November 2018

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

    Tom Osterland
    Roger Troupe
    Sara SainttOurs
Recording Secretary
    Karen Troupe
Corresponding Secretary
    Martine Anderson
    Laurie Cavanaugh
Property Administrator
    Joan Paquette
Contract Administrator
    Kevin O’Brien

    Roger Troupe

"Chilly ChaCha" – November 10th

            contributed by Roger Troupe

This month we continue our Nine Dance Tour of American style competition dances with the Cha Cha.

The cha-cha-chá, or simply cha-cha in the U.S., is a dance of Cuban origin. It is danced to the music of the same name introduced by Cuban composer and violinist Enrique Jorrin in the early 1950s. This rhythm was developed from the danzon-mambo. The name of the dance is an onomatopoeia derived from the shuffling sound of the dancers' feet.

So, why Chilly ChaCha? Well, earlier this year when the Directors were deciding on the names to go with the Nine Dance Tour, it sounded like a very clever idea. Here is my rationale: 1. there is actually a piece of music, performed by Jessica Jay, titled Chilly Cha Cha; 2. it can be chilly in November; 3. the dance style is cha cha; and 4. there is a line dance by the same name.>br>
Paul Hughes will first be on the floor at 7:30 PM with a (what else?) Cha Cha routine for us to add to our repertoire.>br>
At 8:00 PM, DJ Tom Osterland will take over with three hours of the best of ballroom, Latin and a bit of country dance selections.

So dress informally and join us for an evening of dancing and socializing. We’ll have our usual (theme appropriate) line dances with 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

A Touch of Tango – Maybe more than a "Touch"

            contributed by Roger Troupe

The evening started with a Tango lesson with Lestyn Gilmore that incorporated just the right mix of beginner and more advanced steps to make the figure challenging while being danceable and enjoyable.

Lestyn then moved to the stage with 3 hours of ballroom, swing, Latin and a few country music selections, keeping the dance floor comfortably full the entire evening.

Thanks to Lestyn for the lesson and the music for the evening; to Steve Cavanaugh for the theme-appropriate line dances; to all those who attended and to those who contributed to the snack and sweets table.

Inclement Weather Policy

            contributed by Roger Troupe

Not that I really want to include this and remind us of what may be ahead weather-wise, but there are many dancers new to our events and there was some confusion last year as to when the decision to cancel is made and where the notification is available. Here is the official policy:

We analyze the available weather forecasts for not only the conditions at the start of the dance, but also those as the evening progresses. Often, the forecast for areas north, west and south of the event location in Norwell, will be far different.

If we determine that weather conditions, specifically snow, ice or freezing rain would create hazardous driving conditions within the duration of the event, we will cancel the event.

Cancellation notification will be posted on the SSD website ( and on the SSD Facebook page no later than 3:00 PM the day of the event. If you don't have access to these on-line sources, call Tom at 781-659-4703. As always, use your own judgement about driving conditions in your area.

Ladies Choice Dances - Part II

            contributed by Steve Cavanaugh

As those of you who have attended our Fall dances and readers of our newsletter know, the Directors are experimenting with the format of our dances to try to allow as many people to enjoy a turn around the floor at our dances as possible. For several years we had a dance host program as part of our monthly dance, but we have found it difficult to recruit a reasonable number of hosts on a regular basis. Another part of our format has been Ladies' Choice dances, where a particular dance is designated Ladies Choice and the women are free to request a partner for a dance. We have expanded that to 5 or 6 times a night.

We have had some feedback from our readers, which we truly appreciate — it proves people read the newsletter! — and a common element in the comments is that some of our ladies are reluctant or shy about asking a partner to dance. We can understand that, and certainly don't want to stoke anyone's anxieties — dancing should be about enjoyment!

In looking at practices at other dances, we found one that may help to take the guesswork out of figuring out whom to ask when a Ladies Choice comes up. At our next dance, we'll have white ribbons at the sign-in table that can be pinned to a lapel; anyone who is open to being asked to dance during a Ladies Choice can just wear the ribbon and thus make their availability known. We'll assume that this is OK with their partners. When you leave the dance for the night, you can return the ribbon until the next dance.

Mixing It Up

Another element in our format are the waltz and foxtrot mixers. These are always a popular and enjoyable way to spend some time on the dance floor with several of your friends from our group. And they can be great dance education too! For the gent who thinks he's got a great lead, dancing with a new partner can show you if you've really been leading or if your regular partner just knows you well enough to anticipate your next move. And that works the other way around for followers, who learn if they're really following or just remembering their last lesson!

However, there are times when you may not want to participate in a mixer. We want to remind you that does not mean you have to sit out for 10-12 minutes of music. Please feel free to dance as well, just be aware of the drop off and starting ends of the mixer line, or use the middle of the floor to practice a new pattern or maybe enjoy a West Coast Swing during the Foxtrot mixer when the song has a rhythm that calls out to you.

Dance Event Price Increase – January 1, 2019

            contributed by Roger Troupe

Over the 28 years South Shore Dancers has been hosting ballroom dance events, we have strived to provide dancing opportunities of a high quality to our Members and the public at a very affordable price, with only 2 price increases.

>A very substantial increase in the rental cost of the Cushing Memorial Hall as of January 1, 2019 (23%) has forced us to pass this increase along to those attending our dance events.

As we do not host an event in January due to: the close proximity to the Holidays, to our New Year's Celebration two weeks before what would be the scheduled date for a January dance event, and the NFL playoffs, that our local football team quite often is included, the increase will be effective for our dance event ("Romantic Rumba") on February 9, 2019.

The new per-person ticket pricing will be: >$12.00 for SSD and USA Dance members with advance reservation and $14.00 for non-members and members without advance reservations.

This reflects a $2.00 per person, across the board, increase which, in the writer's opinion, is still a bargain!

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