"Chilly ChaCha" – November 10th
by Roger Troupe
This month we continue our Nine
Dance Tour of American style competition dances with the Cha Cha.
The cha-cha-chá, or
simply cha-cha in the U.S., is a dance of Cuban origin. It is danced to the music of the same name
introduced by Cuban composer and violinist Enrique
Jorrin in the early 1950s. This rhythm was developed from the danzon-mambo. The name of the dance is
an onomatopoeia derived from the shuffling sound of the dancers' feet.
So, why Chilly ChaCha? Well, earlier
this year when the Directors were deciding on the names to go with the Nine
Dance Tour, it sounded like a very clever idea. Here is my rationale: 1. there is actually a
piece of music, performed by Jessica Jay,
titled Chilly Cha Cha; 2. it can be chilly in November; 3. the
dance style is cha cha; and 4. there
is a line dance by the same name.>br>
Paul Hughes will first be on the floor at
7:30 PM with a (what else?) Cha Cha routine for us to add to our repertoire.>br>
At 8:00 PM, DJ Tom Osterland will take over with three hours of the best of
ballroom, Latin and a bit of country dance selections.
So dress informally and join us
for an evening of dancing and socializing. We’ll have our usual
(theme appropriate) line dances with Steve
Cavanaugh, 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 $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 email@example.com
A Touch of Tango – Maybe more than a "Touch"
by Roger Troupe
The evening started with a Tango lesson with Lestyn Gilmore
that incorporated just the right mix of beginner and
more advanced steps to make the figure challenging while being danceable and
Lestyn then moved to the stage with 3 hours of ballroom, swing, Latin
and a few country music selections, keeping the dance floor comfortably full
the entire evening.
Thanks to Lestyn for the lesson and the music
for the evening; to Steve Cavanaugh for the theme-appropriate
line dances; to all those who attended and to those who contributed to the
snack and sweets table.
Inclement Weather Policy
by Roger Troupe
that I really want to include this and remind us of what may be ahead
weather-wise, but there are many dancers new to our events and there was some
confusion last year as to when the
decision to cancel is made and where
the notification is available. Here is
the official policy:
We analyze the available
weather forecasts for not only the conditions at the start of the dance, but
also those as the evening progresses. Often, the forecast for areas north, west
and south of the event location in Norwell, will be far different.
If we determine that
weather conditions, specifically snow, ice or freezing rain would create
hazardous driving conditions within the duration of the event, we will cancel
notification will be posted on the SSD website (www.southshoredancers.org) and
on the SSD
Facebook page no later than 3:00 PM the day of
the event. If you don't have access to
these on-line sources, call Tom at 781-659-4703. As always, use your own judgement about
driving conditions in your area.
Ladies Choice Dances - Part II
contributed by Steve Cavanaugh
As those of you who have
attended our Fall dances and readers of our newsletter know, the Directors are
experimenting with the format of our dances to try to allow as many people to
enjoy a turn around the floor at our dances as possible. For several years we had a dance host program
as part of our monthly dance, but we have found it difficult to recruit a
reasonable number of hosts on a regular basis. Another part of our format has been Ladies'
Choice dances, where a particular dance is designated Ladies Choice and the
women are free to request a partner for a dance. We have expanded that to 5 or 6 times a night.
We have had some feedback from
our readers, which we truly appreciate — it proves people read the newsletter!
— and a common element in the comments is that some of our ladies are reluctant
or shy about asking a partner to dance. We
can understand that, and certainly don't want to stoke anyone's anxieties —
dancing should be about enjoyment!
In looking at practices at other
dances, we found one that may help to take the guesswork out of figuring out
whom to ask when a Ladies Choice comes up. At our next dance, we'll have white ribbons at
the sign-in table that can be pinned to a lapel; anyone who is open to being
asked to dance during a Ladies Choice
can just wear the ribbon and thus make their availability known. We'll assume that this is OK with their
partners. When you leave the dance for
the night, you can return the ribbon until the next dance.
Mixing It Up
Another element in our format
are the waltz and foxtrot mixers. These
are always a popular and enjoyable way to spend some time on the dance floor
with several of your friends from our group. And they can be great dance education too!
For the gent who thinks he's got a great lead,
dancing with a new partner can show you if you've really been leading or if
your regular partner just knows you well enough to anticipate your next move.
And that works the other way around for followers, who learn if they're really
following or just remembering their last lesson!
However, there are times when
you may not want to participate in a mixer. We want to remind you that does not mean you
have to sit out for 10-12 minutes of music. Please feel free to dance as well, just be
aware of the drop off and starting ends of the mixer line, or use the middle of
the floor to practice a new pattern or maybe enjoy a West Coast Swing during
the Foxtrot mixer when the song has a rhythm that calls out to you.
Dance Event Price Increase – January 1, 2019
by Roger Troupe
the 28 years South Shore Dancers has been hosting ballroom dance events, we
have strived to provide dancing opportunities of a high quality to our
Members and the public at a very
affordable price, with only 2 price increases.
>A very substantial increase in the rental cost of
the Cushing Memorial Hall as of January 1, 2019 (23%) has forced us to
pass this increase along to those attending our dance events.
As we do not host an event in January due to: the
close proximity to the Holidays, to our New Year's Celebration two weeks before
what would be the scheduled date for a January dance event, and the NFL
playoffs, that our local football team quite often is included, the increase
will be effective for our dance event ("Romantic Rumba") on February
The new per-person ticket
pricing will be: >$12.00 for SSD and USA Dance
members with advance reservation and $14.00
for non-members and members without advance reservations.
This reflects a $2.00 per person,
across the board, increase which, in the writer's opinion, is still a bargain!
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