"Beautiful Bolero" - April 13th
contributed by Roger Troupe
This month we continue our Nine
Dance Tour from the American style competition dances with the Bolero.
Bolero refers to two distinct genres of slow-tempo Latin music and
their associated dances. The oldest type
of bolero originated in Spain during the late 18th century as a form of
ballroom music, which influenced art music composers around the world, most
famously Maurice Ravel's Bolero,
as well as a flamenco style known as boleras. An unrelated genre of sung music originated
in eastern Cuba in the late 19th century as part of the trova tradition.
This genre gained widespread popularity around
Latin America throughout the 20th century and continues to thrive (Wikipedia).
With it's graceful rise and fall, it is sometimes called the Waltz of the Latin
John & Anne Marie Paul will first be on the floor at 7:30 PM with (what else?) an American Bolero
routine for us to add to our repertoire.
Lestyn Gilmore will take over with three hours of the best of
ballroom, Latin, a bit of country.
So dress informally or (as the flier for this dance event states) Date
Night and join us for an evening of dancing and socializing.
As we have been unable to locate any bolero line dances, so line-dance meister,
Steve Cavanaugh gets the night
off. We'll offer two of old favorite
line dances along with 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 $12.00 for SSD and USA Dance members with advance reservation and $14.00 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
Mambo Madness - Madness: Maybe; Mambo: Definitely
contributed by Roger Troupe
At our March dance, Audrey Jean returned with a Mambo lesson that was well received due
to her attention to detail and assuring that the basics were covered before
proceeding to the more advanced figures.
DJ Tom Osterland then took over with 3 hours of ballroom, swing,
Latin and a few country music selections, keeping the dance floor comfortably
full the entire evening.
Thanks to Tom for
the music, to Audrey Jean for the
lesson, to Steve Cavanaugh for the Mambo-style line
dances, to contributors to the snack and sweets table and to all those who
Dancing on TV - What's Happening
Dancing with the
Stars: Well, folks, the Emperor is indeed
nekkid. After ripping the cover off, we
can no longer deny that DWTS is just a popularity contest with no more pretense
to being a dance competition. After
skipping the spring season, the show is expected to return in the fall. Suggested revisions to the scoring system
include allowing the judges to award a zero like the audience can. The inside skinny is that the undeserving
winner of last fall's series was actually a ringer. He is also a full-time mentor on ABC's
American Idol which adds to the rumors
of network incest which come from the abundance of (ABC's) Disney stars among
There's still no word yet on the fate of DWTS Juniors
although discussions continue.
So You Think You Can Dance: “Each season,
the talent on SYTYCD reaches new levels and continues to create the
most incredible routines,” said Rob Wade, president of alternative entertainment
and specials at Fox. “The hard work and passion that goes into each performance
is awe-inspiring. We can’t wait to see what Season 16 has in store and look
forward to bringing you a new crop of incredible, inspired and inspiring
Auditions were held in Dallas and Los Angeles in February. We'll give you the summer broadcast schedule
when it is announced by Fox.
World of Dance: Back for its third
season, WOD has beefed up its pre-screening to a point where even the
first-round competitors are well worth watching. Having said that, there are way too many Hip-Hop crews.
Even if you are not a fan of this genre, you
will have to appreciate the work that has gone into the precision and synchronicity of their
performances. There have been very few
soloists and not enough couples. It will
be interesting to see how the representations evolve after eliminations. The shows are broadcast Sundays, 8/7c on NBC.
The first round is done and qualifiers have advanced to the "Duals" rounds
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