South Shore Dancers
May 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

Cinco de Mayo – May 12th

            contributed by Roger Troupe

This month, on our year of "Dancing around the World", we travel to the land that has pleasant and warm weather, unique food, art and archaeology, pyramids, museums, haciendas, superb architecture and 21st century cities, weather from snow mountains in the Sierras, to rainy jungles in the Southeast and desert in the Northwest, numerous golf courses, excellent fishing, and world-class destinations like Acapulco, Cancun, Cozumel, Los Cabos, and Mazatlan. This is, of course, Mexico.

Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. This year, Cinco de Mayo occurs on Saturday, May 5. Now, a relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a commemoration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations.

At 7:30 PM Anne Marie and John Paul will start us off with a theme appropriate Salsa lesson. Then, at 8:00 PM, we welcome back Tom Osterland as DJ and emcee for three hours of the best of ballroom, Latin, rhythm, swing, a bit of country and surely dance selections from "South of the Border."

So, dress informally (or in Mariachi) and join us for an enjoyable evening of dancing, socializing and celebrating Cinco de Mayo.

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 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


April in Paris II – C'est Magnifique

            contributed by Roger Troupe

Our "trip" to the land of La Ville Lumière began with a very nice, basic, bronze level foxtrot figure, presented by Lestyn Gilmore. By the end of the half hour, with Lestyn stressing the correct technique and styling, the figure definitely no longer looked "basic."

For the next 3 hours, Lestyn kept the dance floor comfortably full with the best of ballroom, swing, Latin, mixers, country and music selections with le style français (french flair.)

Thanks to Lestyn for the Foxtrot lesson and for the evening's music; to all those who attended; to those who contributed to the snack and sweets table and to the dance hosts and hostess for the evening.

Notice Of Annual Members’ Meeting

South 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.

Dancing with the Stars Returns for a Short Season

DWTS  is back with an all-athlete cast of stars.  The first week was unusual in that viewers were expected to vote during the show and their votes were tabulated and combined with the judges' scores by the end of the show.  If you are like us and watch the recording later, "Tough Darts."

Since we only have 4 weeks of shows (athletes' schedules), there will have to be at least 2 eliminations each week. After only one night, it won't be easy to pick favorites but, of course, we'll try.


ADAM RIPPON - Olympic bronze medal figure skater with JENNA JOHNSON

MIRAI NAGASU - Olympic bronze medal figure skater, first Olympic triple axel with ALAN BERSTEN

JOSH NORMAN - Washington Redskins; NFL's highest paid Cornerback in 2016 with SHARNA BURGESS


CHRIS MAZDZER - First ever American Olympic Luge medalist with WHITNEY CARSON

JENNIE FINCH DAIGLE - Pitcher on 2004 Gold Medal Olympic Softball team with KEO MOTSEPE

TONYA HARDING - 3-time National Figure Skating champ, landed triple axels with SASHA FARBER


KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR - The only Six-time NBA MVP at 7' 1" with LINDSAY ARNOLD

ARIKE OGUNBOWALE - Guard on Notre Dame NCAA Champ basketball team with GLEB SAVCHENKO


JOHNNY DAMON - World Series winner for Red Sox (2004) & Yankees (2006) with EMMA SLATER

JAMIE ANDERSON - Two-time Olympic Slope Style skiing gold medalist with ARTEM CHIGVINTSEV

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