South Shore Dancers
December 2018

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

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

Webmaster
    Roger Troupe

Waltz Into Winter – December 8th

            contributed by Roger Troupe

This month we continue our Nine Dance Tour from the American dance style competition with the Waltz.

The waltz’s origins are probably humble. Its name comes from walzen— “to turn” in German—and may have developed out of the folk music of Austria’s western Tyrol region (although some authors associate its choreography with the volta, a 16th-century couples dance.) Whatever its exact origin, by the late 1700s the waltz spread throughout Europe. The waltz’s popularity spread to the United States, especially following the Civil War. American versions of the dance sprang up, such as the Boston Waltz, or Boston Dip. Both in Europe and America, dancers twirled their way into the 20th century to the joyful beat of three-quarter time.

Even though the theme is taken from the Nine Dances, it is really our usual Christmas dance party.
Jim and Patty McMahon will first be on the floor at 7:30 PM with a (what else?) Waltz routine for us to add to our repertoire.

At 8:00 PM, Lestyn Gilmore will take over with three hours of the best of ballroom, Latin, a bit of country and songs of the season.

So dress in Holiday Fancy and join us for an evening of dancing and socializing.

We’ll have our usual (theme appropriate) line dances lead by 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 tickets@southshoredancers.org



New Year's Celebration – December 29th

            contributed by Roger Troupe

Last year we offered hot & cold hors d'oeuvres passed by the caterers instead of the buffet we offered in previous years. This was so well received that we decided to do it again at this year's New Year's Celebration We'll still have the balloons, the Grand March, the "Snake Dance" and have a dancin' good time for five hours, with DJ Tom Osterland, starting at 6:00 PM.

We’ll have our usual line dances, ladies choices and two mixers to provide dancing opportunities for everyone.

There won't be the usual lesson preceding the dance as we want everyone to relax, socialize, dance at their own pace and enjoy the ambiance of the ballroom.

As this is a catered event, we'll need pre-paid reservations of $35.00 per person, no later than December 24th.We won't have the snack and sweets table set up, so the only contribution we are soliciting is the contribution of your presence. Reservations can be made at our December dance event, e-mail or by mail to South Shore Dancers, P.O. Box 276, Norwell, MA 02061.

"Chilly ChaCha" – Out: Chilly; In: ChaCha HOT

            contributed by Roger Troupe

If the decorations for this event looked more like "Penguins on Parade" than Chilly ChaCha, well that was by design (sort of.) We picked up on the "Chilly" as being cool and the "ChaCha" is, of course a dance. Put the two together and, voila… you have the movie Happy Feet, which was about dancing penguins.OK, a bit of a stretch I will admit, but the penguins were quite cute.

The evening started with a Cha Cha lesson with Paul Hughes, which definitely bordered on a complete competitive Cha Cha routine with the content. Listening to dancers' comments after the lesson, it became obvious that Paul had achieved what he intended… to provide a variety of figures and let the individual dancers decide which worked for them. 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 Paul for the lesson; to Steve Cavanaugh for the Cha Cha-based line dances; to all those who attended and to those who contributed to the snack and sweets table.

Lend A Hand Donations

We are again collecting donations for the Patriot Ledger Lend-a-Hand campaign. Last year, we raised a donation of $3,339.00, including SSD's match of $1000. We plan again to match the first $1000 and hope to top last year's total. Collection boxes will be available at our December dance. Donations may also be made by mail (SSD, PO.Box 276, Norwell, MA 02061) 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. Thank you in advance.

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