South Shore Dancers
May 2017

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 StOurs
Recording Secretary
    Karen Troupe
Corresponding Secretary
    Martine Anderson
    Laurie Cavanaugh
Property Administrator
    Joan Paquette
Contract Administrator
    Kevin O’Brien

    Roger Troupe

"Around the World in 80 Days" - May 13th

Have you been around the world. Most of us have been only part-way. Share with us by bringing/wearing a memento of your trip - even if it was only to Worcester (that's part-way). We are tying in a reprise of our "Tee-shirt Tour" themes of the past with our movie themes of this year.

Festivities will begin with a Foxtrot lesson by Paul Hughes ably assisted by Judy Silverstein. After that, we'll dance around the floor to the music selected by DJ Tom Osterland.

Of course there will be the usual features: Mixers, Ladies Choice dances, Linedances (2 of each), Dance hosts and an energy recharging station, aka Jenny Craig's nightmare, the snacks and sweets table.

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

Notice Of Annual Members’ Meeting

South Shore Dancers Annual Members’ Meeting will be conducted on June 10th 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.

"An American in Paris"- Some Local Color

The hall was transformed to streets of Paris for the event. We channeled our inner Gene Kellys and Leslie Carons to dance the evening away. Some of our dancers took on the roles of Parisian local color. Did anyone get paint on them from Joe Johnson's palette or paint brush?

Lestyn Gilmore provided us with some new Swing moves (in case your old ones were getting stale). Then, she hopped up on the stage and continued the evening with some great dance music for us.

New England DanceSport Championships at Moseley's - May 13

On the same day as our dance, we have the opportunity to see a major amateur dance competition without having to travel out of the area. Events go all day and into the evening. During the day, the competition will include all ages, Adults and four categories of Seniors. It will include all skill levels, from Newcomer through Bronze, Silver and Gold where competitors are restricted to certain figures. It will also include Open or unrestricted levels of Novice and Pre-champ and Championship. It will include all four styles: American Rhythm and Smooth and International Latin and Standard. On Saturday evening, the championships will be contested for all styles. To summarize: you can see a great variety of dancing with skill levels getting ever higher from morning into the evening.

Save the Date: Pot Luck XXVI Supper Dance - July 29th

Dancing on TV - DWTS in Week 7 - Down to 5 Couples

Your intrepid handicapper did just OK. Clearly, he blew it on Normani & Val - they are possible winners and sure finalists. Heather & Maks didn't deserve to get knocked out. We think it was another case of viewers thinking they didn't need help that week and voted for personality; i.e., David & Lindsay or Bonner & Sharna. Say good-bye to one of those couples next week.

Original Picks:

Semi-finalists: Simone Biles & Sasha Farber, Bonner Bolton & Sharna Burgess, Heather Morris & Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Rashad Jennings & Emma Slater

Wanna-Bes:Erika Jayne & Gleb Savchenko, Nancy Kerrigan & Artem Chigvintsev, David Ross & Lindsay Arnold, Nick Viall & Peta Murgatroyd

Soon-So-Long:Charo & Keo Motsepe, Chris Kattan & Witney Carson, Normani Kordei & Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Mr. T & Kym Herjavec.

How Followers Can Help Beginning Leaders - More From Mark Balzer

Beginning men need a lot of help. And the best way their partners can help is to follow their lead, even if it's wrong, rather than "compensating" for a bad lead. This gives the leaders proper feedback. By feedback, I don't mean verbal criticism, but direct feedback in the sense of "I wonder what happens if I push this button?" If the leader doesn't lead or leads something other than what he's supposed to lead, the follower should not compensate and do the right thing despite his lead; she should do nothing, or whatever he did lead. This way he can clearly see which cause has which effect. If the follower compensates, she deprives the leader of this cause-effect feedback, and he'll never learn to lead properly.

It's very dangerous to try to teach or offer unsolicited criticism. Unless you are the teacher, of course, in which you know what's appropriate. If you simply follow whatever is led, you are not criticizing. The fundamental question here is how can dancers be most helpful to their partners? I believe the general consensus is by dancing impeccably, to the best of their ability, and for followers, that means following to the best of your ability.

One of the most difficult problems with beginning followers, from Tango to Lindy Hop, is that they don't follow. They don't dance with their partners, but rather observe the instructors and others, while holding on to, but otherwise ignoring their partners. It's very difficult to lead someone whose body is all twisted while she tries to watch other people or her feet. Sometimes a follower asks for verbal cues by a beginning dancer. If she instead tried to follow exactly what is lead to the best of her ability, the leader wouldn't have to compensate for errors that she might make and he could concentrate more on his own dancing.

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