On 4th Friday at Swiss Park - Memorial Day Holiday weekend
The Best Dance Experience it could EVER be for 32 Westhope Dancers! The BnB club hosted their first instructor recognition night, 74+ in attendance. Carol and OUR students, many for the very FIRST time to a club social, OWNED the dances played that night. MY favorites are: Swan, Still Got the Blues, Bittersweet Memory, Talkin' to The Moon, & Only Girl. I counted 67 on the dance floor at 10 PM and 37 on the floor at 10:50 PM ...what an outstanding tribute to our DJ Tina ...SHE does play the request list. (directly below w/request #'s)
Pre dance: Calypso Mexico, Let it Be, Swan, Bittersweet Memory, Still Got the Blues,
True Love 2 Step, Gambling Man, and Fortune Foxtrot
|1 2 3 4 15
All My Exs
All Night Long 13
American Cowboy 14
Amor De Heilo
Asking Question 13
Big Bang Boogie 12
Big Jimmy 13
Bittersweet Memory 12
Calypso Mexico 13
Can Am Tango
Chicken Walk Jive 14
Come Dance With Me 11
|Everything I Do 13
Fly Like A Bird 10
Gambling Man 10
Great Pretender 12
Hello Dolly 15
Hold Your Horses 11
Homeward Bound 13
I Run To You 14
I'm No Good 14
Johnny Got A Boom Boom 13
Let It Be 11
Love Worth Wating For (Card)
Make This Day 13
Make You Sweat 14
|On the Water 12
Only Girl 15
Out N Jump 15
Prince Charming 14
Quarter After One 13
San Francisco 14
She Comes To Me 12
Smokey Places 12
Soul Food (Card)
Still Got The Blues 12
Sweet Sweet Smile
Talk'in To The Moon
Twist With The Fat Boys 12
The CQS B&W Ball happened 3rd weekend May ...w/DJ Neil Hale.
Dolores gathered and printed out all our photos from previous Black and White balls and used them to decorated the hall ... made for NICE take home memories! My first memory of attending this annual CQS dance ...Neil in his TUX back in 1996 ...he still fits the same tux shirt and coat!
He played EVERY single dance I knew back in 1996 and I remember thinking how tired I was and the only dance I didn't get to do was ...and then HE called Crazy Legs as the last dance ...it had taken me forever to get the rhythm for the first pattern and I was getting to dance that dance at the B&W BALL ...this year the dance for me was Swan ...he played it next to last and I was HAPPY all the way home. CQS has a format ...he stuck to it.
Oldies, club classics and the new ones played.
My oldie favorites he played ...*Cha Cha Lengua and Hot Tamales! (read the dances in the yellow box below for sure)
looking back TWELVE years ...AND what I remember from the 'blog' I wrote ...noted in RED.
1999 Country Quick Steppers "Black & White" Ball with DJ's Bruce Bowman and Evelyn Khinoo
Jason and his decorating committee transformed a high school gym into a magical dance hall setting for the glamorous black & white all were wearing (except for Bruce, he wore a smidgen of red in the form of a ribbon tied at his neck ... I couldn't decide if this was a statement of if he was just being a trendy Dude!)
...just reading these words about Bruce's red ribbon ...took me back to the memory of what I wore that May evening back in 1999...a short black swishy skirt w/kippy belt, black lacers w/black socks w/lace hanging in pointy points, long sleeved white western blouse w/black ribbon trim and a black cowboy hat w/rhinestone hat band ...stuff gone from my wardrobe long ago! Western clothes, hats, belts, footwear cost a fortune back in the day! I don't even want to think about how much money I spent on 'the western outfits'... and the memory most vivid ...ironing that blouse before I left for the dance!
The dancers brought the food; the DJ's split the floor for beginner, intermediate, and couple dancers and the top ten dances from the April ballot were called: Still The Same (Hedy McAdams); I See it Now (Michele Burton); That's My Hat (Evelyn Khinoo), Cajun Girls & Gumbo (Mike Sliter), Brown-Eyed Girl (Hedy McAdams) All-Right-A (Michael Barr), Mama's Lil' Baby (Charlotte Sketters, Mucara Walk (John Steel), Sweet Nothin's (Gina Mello) and Cuban Heels (Terry Hogan). (Our dance floors have been crowded lately, the popular line dance waltzes ... Husbands and Wives (The Hutchinsons) and I See It Now (Michele Burton).
The Sagebrush Country Dancers from SouthBay make it up the Peninsula at least twice a year to dance at the CQS dances ...tonight Ellie and Frances were BIG door prize winners ...they were impressed that "the same popular dances were called" and Nancy made an interesting comment ..."I'm too tired after working all day to go to lessons every night so I don't know as many dances as my husband does ...but I enjoy watching others dance and I like the idea that the floor is split from side to side" (as opposed to front and back). ...I immediately saw what she was saying ... the dancers on the sidelines can enjoy the 2 wall 'view' of 40 dancers all in a row.
...the can-can line for Michele Perron's Senorita
Sway made up of those
"rowdy" moose club dancers ...most impressive!
...just reading these words ..I see Annie, Lorraine, Jeanette and Sara ..in my minds eye ...I remember Sara & Annie started the mens boxer underwear under our skirts ...and you ladies swished those skirts so we noticed them! I bought a pair in Oz w/the Bundy logo ...I totally remember that!
If a dance takes your eye, or the music makes your boots move ...it is easy enough to try to pick the dance up in your head and then keep to the back of this dance floor set up .....no fault implied, but remember ...no Impinging! ...smiles.
The newest dance that filled the floor ...If My Friends Could See Me Now (Evelyn Khinoo)...also called,but very much in the baby duck stage is Neil Hale's new dance, his cha cha with a Latin feel ...Whole Lotta Peppas.
The intermediate/advanced dances called: Too Much Fun (Terry Hogan), Hysteria (Noel Brady) and Unbelievalbe (Ian St Leon) ...trust me ...you have to had lessons to dance these dances ...no fault implied, by remember ...no Impinging! ...smiles.
...I don't recall who was impinging ......there will always be those who only follow ...if U do ...try hard not to annoy ...
I know it has been bantered around that if you don't KNOW the dance go to the middle or the front row to follow. I am disagreeing. When the social floor is FULL/JAMMED, it is annoying for those of us enjoying a dance to have to 'watch' out for the dancer in the middle who is trying to follow feet. Please consider dancing off to a side or down the back. Back in the day, intermediate dances were MUCH EASIER. There is NO WAY someone can follow & pick up 90% of those dances being choreographed today. On ANY social floor, It is NOT your right to impinge.
If you knew the dance and are trying to get it back ...it is polite to give others around you heads up or a thank you when the dance is completed.
While I am on the soapbox, it is not anyone's right to 'pad' the request list so YOUR dance gets played. Period.
Below is the list of dances played at Funk n Cheap Event in Stoke UK April 2011
I had to publish this list. Saturday nite prime time: *Neil Hale's Cha Cha Lengua & Hot Tamales played!
FRIDAY EVENING :
SATURDAY DAYTIME : (In between teaches)
SATURDAY EVENING :
SUNDAY DAYTIME : (In between Teaches & Recaps)
SUNDAY EVENING :
Carol and I were out dancin' all first weekend in May w/the NEW DJ on the block ...
Tina Beare w/Frank or Jeanette stepped out on HER own in DJ duties for all 3 bay area dances.
The Ebb and Flow she produces on the dance floor? She attributes to experience as a ballroom DJ.
Those Observation Skills?...come from her ICU RN experience.
And her secret weapon for reading the floor?
Let's just say I was bone tired and the ONLY dance that would get me to leap up off my chair at near 4ish quittin' time on SUNDAY ...was Jesse James and She knew, or She guessed correctly.
The floor was full; The dancers were flawless with this Rachael McEnaney classic.
The NEW dance on the floor: Swan (Daniel Trepat) 9 votes at BnB. All on the BnB floor KNEW the dance.
She Comes to Me 9 votes at CQS, music faded. No one could keep that dance going.
My newest favorites Talk'in to The Moon & Still Got the Blues ...we danced on Friday nite.
Let It Be ...I got to dance on Sunday to Katie Stevens. Tina apologized for playing the wrong song verson on Saturday ...we couldn't get the feel and we stopped. Rachael McEnaney wrote to Katie Stevens (American Idol Season 9) ...some guy singing just didn't do it for ME.
Friday at BnB -50ish dancers, Saturday at CQS -50ish, & First Sunday -30ish
The dances that made ALL 3 playlists w/# of requests at/over SEVEN are:
1-2-3-4 (Niels Poulsen) 11 - 10 - 9
American Cowboy 10 - 7 - 9
Asking Questions 11 - 7 -
Bite the Dust 9 - 7 -
Burlesque 12 - 12 -
Chicken Walk Jive - 9 -
Evergreen 10 - 7 - 8
Gambling Man 10 - 15 - 8
Great Pretender 10 - 11 - 9
Hey Soul Sister - 11 -
I'm No Good - 9 -
Johnny Got A Boom Boom - 9 -
Make This Day 10 - -
Prince Charming 10 - 11 -
Soul Food 10 - 7 - 9