South Shore Dancers
June 2017

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

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

Webmaster
    Roger Troupe

"Field of Dreams" - June 10th

Baseball season is upon us and the Beantown Boys are scrambling for a place in the standings. We wrap up our season of movie-themed dances with a classic feel-good movie choice. Get a bit of baseball garb and come dance with us. Note: No cleats on the dance floor!

We are pleased to have Anne Marie and John Paul of DanceSport Boston providing a bit of Rumba instruction for you.Lestyn Gilmore will follow with her excellent music choice to fill out the evening

Of course there will be the usual features: Mixers, Ladies Choice dances, Linedances (2 of each) and Dance Hosts. Never forget our decadent 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 tickets@southshoredancers.org

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.

"Around the World in 80 Days"- A World Dance Tour

Tokens of world travel appeared all around the hall. One of the more popular participatory decorations was the world map on which we were invited to stick a pin in places we have been. We started off with a Foxtrot lesson by Paul Hughes assisted by Judy Silverstein. Paul took what seemed like a complex and lengthy sequence and broke it down into a series of steps like ones we already knew. So, after half an hour, nearly everyone was doing it well.

Then, Tom Osterland fired up the dance music machinery and got the party started. At Intermission, Paul came out to the middle of the floor with an inflated 30-inch world-map globe. After training it to stay put, he cued the music -- a 2-minute version of "Around the World" arranged in a medley of 10 different dance rhythms. Paul and Judy danced a tightly choreographed routine that smoothly transitioned along with the music: Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Quickstep, ChaCha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble and Jive.

Pot Luck Supper Dance XXVI - July 29th

For the 26th time, we invite you to the spectacular kickoff of our new season (our 29th). If you have never been to one of these before, here's the deal: 5 continuous hours of the best dance music we can put together, a buffet to rival that of any cruise (Members and friends knock themselves out) and the best dance floor on the South Shore. This year, we'll feature a sales area for gently used dance shoes and other dancewear and accessories. Here is your chance to add and/or subtract from your dance closet. More next month or see our website.

Dancing on TV - DWTS, WOD and SYTYCD

Your intrepid Dancing with the Stars handicapper went from fair to meh in the last two weeks. Results from fourth to first: Simone Biles & Sasha Farber, showed that smiles may not win gold medals but they do win mirror balls. Normani Kordei & Valentin Chmerkovskiy were strong right from the beginning but it appears that the viewers wanted to see an improving track. Surely, most improved were David Ross & Lindsay Arnold but just rising to the level of competent is not quite enough. Rashad Jennings & Emma Slater were pretty good at the beginning, very good at the end, and had a winning smile.

The new show in town, World of Dance, kicked of this week with it's first round of preliminaries. This competition is different. It embraces all styles: hiphop to tap to ballet to ballroom. According to NBC, the contestants will be divided into three divisions: junior (dancers ages 17 and under), upper (up to four adults), and team (five or more dancers, 18 and older). After four elimination round competitions, the winners of each division will compete against one another for the grand prize in the World Final. The grand prize is $1 million. The scoring system is also more specific than what's used on similar TV shows. For every routine, the judges get 20 points each to assign in each of these five categories: performance, technique, choreography, creativity, and presentation; a total of 100 each. In order to move to the next round, a dancer or team must average 80 points over their three judge's scores. The scores are determined solely by the judges — there's no audience input. Based on what we saw in week 1, the performances are amazing. Tuesdays at 10:00 pm.

And, as revealed in an earlier newsletter, So You Think You Can Dance, winner of 14 Emmys, returns on June 12th. We will have another format revision. This year, we return to some of the tried and true concepts from the past where semi-pro dancers at the top of their game in their own genre compete with others skilled in different genres. Each contestant is required to compete in all genres. They dance solo and with an "All-Star" partner (past season winner).This season's judges will be Nigel Lithgoe (Producer), Mary Murphy returns and Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical) joins this year. Mondays at 8:00 pm.

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