South Shore Dancers
April 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

"An American in Paris" - April 8th

The next movie classic to be adopted as a dance party theme will be the 1951 musical An American in Paris that starred Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron.  The film featured iconic Gershwin  music and, since Kelly directed it, lots of dancing. The 17-minute dance climax cost almost half-a-million (1951) dollars to produce.

Lestyn Gilmore will star in two rolls.  First, she will teach us a Swing combination.  We look forward to that because Swing is one of her favorite dances.  Then, she will switch hats and DJ some great dance music for us.

And there will be our always exquisite snacks and sweets table.  As always, there will be ladies' choice dances (2), mixers (2) and line-dances (2).

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

"Saturday Night Fever"- We All Got Into It

John Peters provided the first action of the evening with a nifty Hustle sequence. It seemed to be just the right amount of challenge as it looked like everyone had it down by the end of the lesson.  Before that, it was a 70s fashion show as many of the dancers dressed their parts (see the photos on

DJ Tom Osterland provided a mix of dance music that included some ABBA and Beegees Hustle tunes to keep us "on theme".

A highlight of the evening was the Saturday Night Fever Line-dance introduced by Steve Cavanaugh.  We wish we had a video to put on the website so you could all enjoy it again.

Dancing on TV - DWTS in Second Week; SYTYCD - June 12th

It's certainly too early to pick the Dancing With the Stars winner but let's place the contestants in three groups:

Semi-finalists: Simone Biles & Sasha Farber, Bonner Bolton & Sharna Burgess, Heather Morris & Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Rashad Jennings & Emma Slater

Wanna-Bes:  Erika Jayne & Gleb Savchenko, Nancy Kerrigan & Artem Chigvintsev, David Ross & Lindsay Arnold, Nick Viall & Peta Murgatroyd

Soon-So-Long:  Charo & Keo Motsepe, Chris Kattan & Witney Carson, Normani Kordei & Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Mr. T & Kym Herjavec.

So You Think You Can Dance is returning with mainstays, Producer/Judge Nigel Lythgoe and Hostess Cat Deeley.  Returning as a Judge is Mary Murphy, hopefully raising the emphasis on ballroom.  A third Judge is TBD.  The format will have aspiring young (18-30) professional dancers go through a rigorous tryout series, get winnowed down to the top-ten, then paired with All-Stars (previous winners) to enter the elimination rounds.

Dance-floor Etiquette and Floor-craft Tips

Most of the time, dancers recognize the type of music and the dancing is somewhat homogeneous.  Even then, there will be differences.  In the traveling dances, experienced dancers tend to cover more ground and take up more space than beginners.  If you are traveling slowly, just make sure there is a path on the outside of the floor for overtaking dancers to pass.  Then you don't need to be looking over your shoulder to see who's coming up behind.  It is always the overtaking dancer's responsibility to navigate around the dancers in front of him.  Also, if the music is a Foxtrot, for example, and you want to do your Swing, you should be near the middle of the floor.  Conversely, if you are doing Foxtrot, etc., enter the middle of the floor at your peril -- you likely have no idea what you will find there.

It is the leader's job to navigate around the floor and its occupants.  Initially, the leader tries to go where the other dancers are not.  As experience is gained, the leader will be able to anticipate where nearby couples are likely to move. Then the leader aims to go where the other dancers will not be.

The follower still has a job in the partnership.  The leader can't see behind him.  His partner can help when they might be headed for trouble.  This is most likely in a turning situation.  A light squeeze on the leader's arm or hand would be imperceptible to observers but would alert the leader to bear right or left or hold up a bit.  The harder the squeeze, the more urgent is the message.

Inevitably, there will be physical contact with other dancers.  It doesn't matter if it's your fault, their fault or nobody's fault, an apology is always appropriate.

Line-dances: Occasionally a line dance is announced.  You may like the accompanying music for a partner dance.  You may do any dance you like at these times but the line dancers have priority and you should avoid interfering with their movement.  At other times, music is played that happens to suit a particular line dance, and a spontaneous group may form doing a line-dance.  In this case, the other dancers have the right-of-way.  The line-dancers should keep their pattern compact.  If the other dancers are doing a traveling dance, the line-dancers should leave a lane open to the outside of their pattern; if the others are doing a spot dance, line-dancers should form on one edge or corner.

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