Finishing off August

A remnant of when life was measured by the school year calendar, I still consider August to be the end of summer.  It always feels like the latter weeks of August are a last hurrah.  So DDPP has felt extra ‘last day of vacation’-y these past 2 weeks.  It’s been so much fun spending the summer sweating it out at Brass Ovaries.  Especially appreciated is the abundance of adorable animals hanging around.  A couple weeks ago we proved how “no judgment” DDPP really is when Olive the pig joined us:

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On 8/19 we had the pleasure of DJ Schweet Tea’s first (and hopefully not last) mix.  She’s a mother of twins, and still finds time to make it to DDPP most Tuesdays.  She rocked the house with a no-breaks playlist.  ‘Super Freak’ seemed to be the crowd favorite, not far ahead of the made-for-pole-swinging ‘Pour Some Sugar on Me’.  Full mix:

Video: India Arie
So What: P!nk
Bad Girl: Donna Summer
Pour Some Sugar on Me: Def Leppard
Shut Up and Let me Go: The Tings Tings
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KISS: Prince
Blame it on the Boogie: Michael Jackson
Bamboleo: Gipsy Kings
Super Freak: Rick James
Funkytown (remix) : Lipps Inc
She’s A Rebel: Green Day
Black or White: Michael Jackson
Sir Duke: Stevie Wonder
Oh Mickey: Toni Basil
I ain’t Movin: Des’ree

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This past Tuesday, 8/26, we had a special farewell mix from DJ IAIA (aka Casey Bee) who is moving to LA.  She has also been a faithful DDPP-er for some time now.  Sometimes saying goodbye is tough, and the best expression of the sentiment is punk rock kicking across the dance floor.  Truly, it does a better job than words.  Here is the full playlist:

Head Over Heels – Tears for Fears 
Forever – Haim
Into the Groove – Madonna 
Midnight City – M83 
Fell in Love with a Girl – The White Stripes
Gimme Shelter – The Rolling Stones
Let’s Go Crazy – Prince & The Revolution
Blister in the Sun – Violent Femmes
Disco 2000 – Pulp
Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt – We Are Scientists
Bank Holiday – Blur
La Camisa Negra – Juanes
Welcome to the Working Week – Elvis Costello
Just Like Heaven – The Cure
Kids in America – The Muffs
More Than This – Roxy Music

 

…See you in September!

DJ KBNoyz deafened critics

This past Tuesday was a hot summer night perfect for turning out the lights and getting sticky with sweat.  DJ KBNoyz tore up the sound system and the dance floor, to all of our delights.  I haven’t gotten “All About that Bass” out of my head since then.  Seriously, I’ve been singing it to myself for 3 days and wishing I could move my body like the guy in the music video.  The second highlight was when everyone danced like menacing spiders to “Murder in the Big Top”, the memory of this makes me smile so big.  Here’s the playlist:

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The week before that, a substitute set from DJ DJ from Roseanne left a black-and-blue knee from a Tina Turner guitar slide on this dancer (me), but I have no regrets:

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And the week before that (7/22), DJ IAIA gave us a run for our money, including the totally unexpected last song, Bruce Springsteen’s “Hungry Heart” that poured everyone’s souls out onto the floor just in time for cool-down.  DJ IAIA also revealed that “iaia” means “grandma” in Catalan, because Casey likes playing old music, as she explained.  Here’s the playlist:

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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: