I Would Die 4 U

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I Would Die 4 U, DDPP ladies.  Last night’s debut at Brass Ovaries was magical.  It was a PACKED HOUSE of pole-twirling, shimmering heroes dancing in the night.  If you had a blast, tell your friends!

A review of some policies at the new space for anyone who missed it:

  • We can use the poles, but we cannot hang upside-down.
  • If it’s your first time, sign a waiver at the front desk before class.
  • You CAN wear shoes (if you want to).
  • The studio opens at 8:15, arrive early to pay in the lobby
  • Class is donation-based only.  Suggested amount $5-$10.  Change is available.  AND we now accept Paypal/Credit Card payments via this site.  See the “DONATE” button on the right side of the page.  You can always pay at home at your convenience.

And lastly, here is the playlist from last night, brought to you by yours truly, DJ DJ from Roseanne.

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We’re baaaaacccckkkkk

After some delay in hammering out the final details, I’m excited to announce the Grand Re-Opening of DDPP.  Starting Tuesday 7/15, we will be dancing at Brass Ovaries on Manor Road.

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Brass Ovaries is centrally located and has a spacious 1000-square-foot studio for un-leashed expression.  But the best part of our new aerial arts venue might be …dun dun dun… POLES.  6 poles for twirling and grinding as you please (just no hanging upside down).

ALSO, now introducing Donation-based Dance.  DDPP will be moving to a sliding scale payment method, with a suggested donation of $5-$10.  Your contribution goes toward the studio rental cost and insurance required for the space.  We’ll be accepting cash and Paypal (woo-hoo!) in the lobby before class.

The re-launch party on 7/15 will feature music by DJ DJ from Roseanne, and a sign-up sheet for YOU to DJ in July and August. I know I’m ready to get back to dance, and I hope you are too.  See you at DDPP every Tuesday from 8:00-9:15PM at Brass Ovaries!

 

Long overdue

The blog’s been collecting dust, and it’s time to revive it with a recap of the DDPP spring season and a bunch of cool announcements.  We’ve been dancing for 6 months at Balance Dance Studios, a beautiful space with that OMG-AMAZING disco ball.  We’ve had soul-stirring playlists thanks to: DJ Dulce, DJ Milf, DJ Pandamonium, DJ Faybel, DJ EZ BAKE 4-EVA, DJ La La, DJ Mo Cakes, & yours truly, DJ DJ from Roseanne.  We wore out the grooves on Beyonce’s new album, heralded the year of Lorde, and embraced Iggy Azalea with a passion.  We did the YMCA, dipped into some Motown, got Happy with Pharrell, went nuts for Ke$ha, and caught up with our girl Rihanna.  And now, on the precipice of summer in Austin, it’s time for a new chapter.

Welcome to the summer portion of DDPP.    While most of the sweating in the Austin summer happens involuntarily, it’s a great time to do it on purpose.  Are you ready to take it to another level?  Sweatier, more intense, and totally twerk-tastic.  We are going to dance it out and not look back.  Starting mid-July we’ll be back, at a new location (soon to be announced) and a new night and time.  And we’re going donation-based!

Next week we’ll be announcing the info for the newer, hotter, DDPP.  I hope you will be a part of it, whether you’ve relied on DDPP as your weekly release, or have never been before.  As always, Dance Dance Party Party is no boys, no booze, no judgement.  It’s 1 hour of lights-out, music-up creative release and workout for ladies only.   Try it once and then you can sign up to bring the DJ playlist.

If you’re thinking about trying DDPP™, consider its international praise:  The Chicago Times says “it was a buttload of fun,” the Village Voice awarded it: “Best Gym Workout Without Having To Be Under the Scrutiny of Trainers, Buff Guys, or Yogis”, and Time Out New York said:  “A rhythmic young Madonna once won the empathy of footloose women everywhere when she belted out, “Only when I’m dancing can I feel this free-ee.” If, at night, you lock the door so no one else can see-ee, consider joining Dance Dance Party Party instead.”

Lastly, don’t forget to follow DDPP on Twitter:  @DDPP_Austin

“Shear” Dance Mania with DJ ScissorFACE

(Yeah, I made that pun. Deal with it.)

Now a lot of you guys know Karen as an improvising fool and baker of sweet nothings at her business, Scissortail Savories and Sweets. But tonight, as DJ ScissorFACE, she showed a fiercer side.

She sliced! She diced! Her razor-sharp moves cut a path across the dance floor. Fearing for our lives, we danced like a bunch of paper dolls in a stiff breeze.

(And yes, I know this is Edward ScissorHANDS, not ScissorFACE. But trust me, you don’t want to see the images that came up when I did a Google image search on “scissor face.”)

Screenshot of the mix below. If you like what you see, go subscribe to the mix, which is aptly titled Dance!

 

DJ MixMistress & R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Can 13 ladies fight patriarchy with the power of dance? DJ MixMistress made it seem possible with her “All Girls” mix, a solid hour of lady swagger, lady rants, and lady anthems that had THIS lady tearing up a little at times. What? Haven’t you ever gotten a little weepy during “Fergalicious”?

Just kidding, during “Fergalicious” I’m too busy workin’ on my fitness. But when Beyonce sings “Who run the world? GIRLS” I do sometimes feel a sniffle coming on, even as I’m shakin’ it to the beat.

I don’t mean to be a downer, but reading the headlines lately, it seems like we barely run our own bodies, much less the world. The reason there are so many girl power anthems out there is because we still need to hear them, not because we actually run the world. And in fact, we’re not asking for the world. What we want – well, Aretha demanded it in 1967, and we’re still asking for it now.

To me, that’s why DDPP is so great. Sure, it’s a silly, fun, stress-relieving interlude, a chance to exercise, a social hour and a lark. But there’s also something kind of magical about putting on songs like “Run the World (Girls),” “Can’t Hold Us Down,” and “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” in a room full of all girls. There’s something special about feeling, for a moment under the disco lights, like we really do run the world – and for me, that feeling of buoyancy and power and togetherness makes me want to fight even harder for R-E-S-P-E-C-T for all girls, ladies, and women. To quote the coloring book “Girls Are Not Chicks” by Jacinta Bunnell and Julie Novak:

Women’s Studies 101 over! Here is DJ MixMistress’s BADASS mix, which was so bumpin’ I woke up six kinds of sore this morning:

Dance Dance Party Party KARAOKE KARAOKE

Dance Dance Party Party Austin is two years old, yay! And we have only one birthday wish!

Aw, thanks Edward Cullen! But that’s not it.

On Sunday, May 13, DDPP is having an in-studio KARAOKE birthday party!! When you show up at the regular time (7pm), the studio will be equipped with a karaoke set-up, cordless mic, and limitless enthusiasm for hearing YOU sing dance tunes!! Check out this koooool graphic if you still don’t know what I’m talking about because you weren’t reading very carefully!

Think of it: YOU, belting out your favorite karaoke song into the mirror, disco lights swirling, surrounded by awesome, dancing women who are DUTY-BOUND not to judge you! You can dance around the room, and we can be your back-up dancers! If you were there last time we did this, you know that this is basically my reason for living.

But there is one thing we need from you, dear DDPPers – we need your requests! We will be assembling a DDPPKK playlist of the bestest dance-y karaoke hits imaginable. If you want to be sure and get your favorite song, SIGN UP NOW on the Facebook Page and let us know what song you want to sing! You can also message me in private if you want it to be a big ol’ surprise, or send me an email (amyegentry at gmail).

Regardless of how many requests we get, there WILL be a full hour of dance karaoke involved, and you can always sign up when you get there. So clear your calendar, you karaoke-dance-loving ladies!

One more thing: I was going to call this Dance Dance Party Party Karaoke Karaoke Birthday Birthday, but I know my limits.

DJ MILF and the Girls of Summer

When you were a little kid, summer ruled. Summer was the best. Summer meant walking barefoot to the pool across the street, or letting a popsicle melt all over your hands and then running around in a sprinkler to wash it off. In a bathing suit. With a dog!

Then you got a little older, and it was about coming home from college and sitting up all night comparing notes with your high school friends. Or taking your first road trip with a boyfriend or girlfriend. Or, even if your summer job sucked, knowing that hey, in September, it was see-ya.

But as we know, despite the proximity of Barton Springs, summer for grown-ups is not all snow cones and swimming holes. It most often seems to involve freezing all day in a too-air-conditioned office, scorching your forearm on the gear shifter when you get in the car, walking across endless Costco parking lots, and battling the occasional bedbug infestation.

That’s why our appreciation for summer is mostly about nostalgia. And that’s why I adored our own DJ MILF’s summertime mix last night at DDPP, sprinkled as it was with hits both icy cool and scorching hot that I remember floating over the radio waves from summers past – alongside instant-nostalgia hits like Katy Perry’s “Fireworks.” All in all, not a bad way to kick off the summer.