South Shore Dancers
November 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

"Tango Argentina" – November 11th

            contributed by Roger Troupe

This month we (figuratively) travel way south of the border to Argentina as we continue our year of "Dancing Around the World." Even though the theme might lead us to think that this will be an entire evening of Argentine Tango; NOT SO. It will be our usual dance event with all of the dance styles we know and enjoy.

At 7:30 PM, Patty and Jim McMahon will start us off with an American Tango combination to add to our repertoire. Starting at 8:00 PM, DJ Tom Osterland will take over with three hours of the ballroom, Latin, a bit of country (western), and some theme-specific musical selections.

I will let you in on a secret... there will be an Argentine Tango showcase right after the announcements. Come to the dance to find out who the stars will be.

So, dress comfortably informal and join us for an enjoyable evening of dancing and socializing. 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

We are again collecting donations for the Patriot Ledger Lend-a-Hand campaign. Last year, we raised a donation of $2,380.00, including SSD's match of $1000. We hope to top that, although the amount of this year's match is still under review. Donations may be made by mail up until Christmas Day. We will write a single SSD check to consolidate your gifts so please make your check payable to South Shore Dancers, with Lend-A-Hand indicated in the memo block. Collection boxes will be available at our November and December dances. Thank you in advance.

Oktoberfest II – No Lederhosen but Lots of Fun

            contributed by Roger Troupe

Our "trip" to Germany started with a straightforward Swing combination from the busy DJ for the evening, Lestyn Gilmore. It is amazing how combining basic dance steps, in a certain order, results in a very impressive dance figure… good job Lestyn!

Lestyn then moved to the stage for 3 hours of ballroom, swing, Latin, mixers, and a few country music selections. Speaking of mixers, we called on Lestyn again to teach the Polka mixer, which fit into the evening's theme, in place of one of the usual line dances.

Thanks to Lestyn for the lessons; and for the music; to all those who attended; to those who contributed to the snack and sweets table and to the dance hosts for the evening.

SSD New Year's Celebration is Back - Dec. 30th

Hear Ye! Last year, when NYE fell on a Saturday, we decided not to pay double for everything and compete with four other dances. This year we are good to go. Last year we had hot & cold hors d'oeuvres passed by the caterers at the December dance and it was so well received that we decided to do that instead of the sit-down dinner. We'll add back the balloons and the Grand March and have a rockin' good time. Since we're buying a lot of food, we'll need pre-paid reservations. We would like to get your $35/p mailed in by December 24th to South Shore Dancers, P.O. Box 276, Norwell, MA 02061

Dancing on TV - DWTS Whittles Down to Good and Very Good

Dancing With The Stars-- In the following list, the surviving dancers are shown in the same "tiers" as they were in last month's issue. This shows that Terrell Owens is a candidate for most improved and that Vanessa Lachey (Tier 1), not so much. Other than those two defective predictions, your intrepid handicapper is sticking with his rankings [for now, anyway.]


JORDAN FISHER with Lindsay Arnold                     LINDSEY STIRLING with Mark Ballas

FRANKIE MUNIZ with Witney Carson


DREW SCOTT with Emma Slater                               VICTORIA ARLEN with Valentin Chmerkovskiy


TERRELL OWENS with Cheryl Burke


DEBBIE GIBSON with Alan Bersten                          BARBARA CORCORAN with Keo Motsepe

DEREK FISHER with Sharna Burgess                       SASHA PIETERSE with Gleb Savchenko

NICK LACHEY with Peta Murgatroyd                        NIKKI BELLA with Artem Chigvintsev

VANESSA LACHEY with Maksim Chmerkovskiy

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