This Sunday: 90s Techno with DJ Babycakes!

Who remembers the 90s?

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But the 90s were about more than great TV shows and Lindsey Lohan’s innocence. They were also about throwing down some truly amazing techno beats on the dance floor. Remember raves? Well, I don’t really either because I never went to one (and I bet the people who went to raves mostly don’t for different reasons). But here’s what I picture:

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And some glow-in-the-dark stickers that say this:

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My point? I’M GETTING THERE. My point is that this Sunday a certain DJ Babycakes is going to throw us our own personal, booze-and-boy-free rave!! That’s right, 90s techno party this Sunday! Wear your pacifiers and bring glow sticks, y’all, shit is going to get all crazy up in here!

Dance Dance Party Party
Sunday, August 1
7:00-8:30 p.m.
NiaSpace, 3212 S. Congress (lefthand studio)
$5

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P-O-Z-E-Y spells dance

I should have studied up before Sunday’s Dance Dance Party Party. How could I know that my spelling-while-dancing skills were about to be put to the test? DJ Pozey’s spelling bee mix, packed with songs in which words are spelled out letter-by-letter, was, in a word, B-A-N-A-N-A-S. My vacation-weakened brain cells were seriously challenged, but luckily, there was no penalty for shouting out the wrong letter after D, I, S, C. Plus, lots of new DDPPers joined the spell-a-thon this week, so, although the competition was fierce, we all came out with a trophy. Of dance!

Now, here is a picture of a dog in a bee-keeper’s costume:

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And here is a picture of the Bee Gees:

And here is DJ Pozey’s all-star division-one spelling bee mix, for those of you who want to test your skills at home:

DJ Pop Tart Piping Hot!

Hello all! I’m back from Chicago, and I missed y’all. I really did. I missed my Sunday night dance-fest with the awesomest ladies in Austin. While I was in the Windy City, however, I met up with Jenn Brandel, the fantastic Chicago organizer, and brainstormed some ideas about how to make Dance Dance Party Party Austin even more badass. PLUS I heard some truly rocking new tunes at Pitchfork that I will definitely be integrating into future dance mixes. Watch OUT people.

While I was away I apparently missed two AMAZING mixes. Word on the street is, DJs KB-Noyz and Pop Tart put together some unbelievably danceable playlists for your delectation. DJ Pop Tart, that mistress of sugary sweet radio hits, was good enough to send me her fresh-from-the-toaster mix of frosted strawberry dance diddies, in which the presence of Britney, Beyonce, Kanye, Rihanna, Shakira, and Nelly Furtado confirms her self-proclaimed status as the true queen of that bubble gum music we love to chew. So, without further ado, here are the tasty tunes that tickled your terpsichore (my new favorite word meaning dance, and trust me, I know ’em all by now).

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Dancing Will Continue, Blog is on Vacay

At DDPP, the dancing continues every Sunday at 7 p.m., rain or shine. However, the DDPP blog will be on temporary hiatus for the next couple of weeks while I am on a nice long vacay to Chicagoland. Hopefully I’ll come back with stories of our DDPP Chicago sisters as well as some badass new moves picked up in the Windy City. Until then, remember:

Dance Dance Party Party
Sunday, July 11
Sunday, July 18
NiaSpace, 3212 S. Congress, lefthand studio
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
$5

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DJ Pozey: Fireworks!!

This Sunday was July Fourth, a day most folks spend firmly planted in the kind of lawn chairs that have beer holders in the arms. But here at Dance Dance Party Party, we know that the best way to celebrate our nation’s independence is to wear red-white-and-blue dancing outfits and shake it to Souza, Kim Wilde, and the Beach Boys. When DJ Pozey brought her all-American skillz to the small studio at NiaSpace, the dimmed lights were our night sky. The disco lights were our fireworks. And DJ Pozey was our patriotic bandleader, leading us in spontaneous choreography and judgment-free silliness. At the end, we were so stoked about the mix that we danced right through the cool-down song and had to request a second cool-down from Pozey. Which she happily supplied, winding us down with the soothing strains of Mariah Carey’s “Fourth of July.” Ladies, let freedom from judgment ring!

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This Sunday: Declare Your Independence from Judgment

Here at Dance Dance Party Party we value our hard-won freedom to don booty shorts and tutus and hop around to the strains of Peaches. Our forefathers fought for those booty shorts and those filthy lyrics!

But more seriously, the freedom we value most at Dance Dance Party Party is the freedom from judgment. As ladies, we’re encouraged to judge all women harshly, and ourselves most harshly of all. Be skinny, look young, be nice, act sexy, don’t act sexy, succeed more, succeed less. Raise children. Be cool. Make pies. Wear bikinis. Have sex, not too much, the right kind, with the right guy. And above all, don’t dance unless you look good doing it.

It’s not always easy to leave your judgment at the door. You look at yourself in the mirror and sometimes what you see makes you crazy. You compare yourself to other women and hate them a little for their luck, their success, their happiness. You get too sweaty, too silly, too emotional, or too serious, and it’s embarrassing. You think, “What a bitch” – sometimes about another woman, and sometimes about yourself.

But when the music is pumping and the adrenaline jumping, when the mood is just right under the disco lights, sometimes, sometimes you lose it for just a second. And that feeling – when you just don’t care about what other people think, and you don’t even care what you think, because you’re hearing the music and moving your body and loving it – that’s freedom. And it feels good.

This Sunday, special guest DJ Pozey brings a slammin’ patriotic mix guaranteed to give us that sweet, sweet feeling. Let’s celebrate the Fourth of July with DJ Pozey by declaring our independence from judgment!

Dance Dance Party Party
Sunday, July 4
NiaSpace, 3212 S. Congress
7:00-8:30 p.m.
$5

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