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 41 
 on: June 15, 2015, 01:36:59 AM 
Started by cornutt - Last post by QPO
I think providers get lazy, they should have several different play lists and bring them out at different times, nothing worse that getting up and sure enough you hear the same waltz or tango etc. Especially if it is organ-grinder music  Roll Eyes

 42 
 on: June 15, 2015, 01:35:34 AM 
Started by cornutt - Last post by QPO
This weekend was very illuminating from the perspective of how much difference music makes for social dancers and their gatherings. Went to one social on Saturday and it was a thin crowd, part of the problem I think lay in the music selection, SAME EXACT PLAYLIST they were using 10 years ago. Seen this happen with another dance and because of the same reason (verified this with several other dancers who used to go) that the music was boring, generic cookie cutter music. Eventually, nobody went anymore.

I wound up DJ-ing again last Sunday, by and large it went over really well and did my darndest to avoid things that were played to death. One thing that didn't fly was a fast swing bordering on Quickstep tune, the beat didn't come through quite clear enough (room acoustics played a part in it, live room with a lot of hard surfaces), lesson learned. Other thing was a few too many fast Waltzes (other lesson learned), outside of that, the dancers liked the idea of some very different music than what had been previously served up, doing it again in a couple weeks and doing a Cha Cha lesson too. A work in progress, and even in the midst of it (thanks to my laptop), I got to join in the party and test out some of the songs myself. Gotta say, some Steely Dan tunes make some pretty nice West Coast Swing.

Cara Emerald has some great swing tunes including quicksteps ( I think her name is with a C)

 43 
 on: June 15, 2015, 01:33:29 AM 
Started by Rugby - Last post by QPO
Things I Like:

1) Varied and interesting playlists with the occasional left field surprise - I agree
2) Variety of dance styles across the board - Always
3) Keeps their trap shut, talks only when really necessary - enough talking to make a good ambience

Things That Drive Me Nuts

1) Verbose, yapping DJ's (one that REALLY drove me nuts was one guy who announced the dance at least 4-5 times DURING the song!)  Angry - annoying
2) Same exact boring, predictable playlist, week after week you could set a watch by it, NOT COOL!  Roll Eyes - very common
3) Too much emphasis on one dance - exasperating
4) Cheesy, generic cookie cutter ballroom music that sounds like a computer spewed it out






 44 
 on: June 15, 2015, 01:31:32 AM 
Started by Medira - Last post by QPO
"That's All" by Genesis makes a hell of a Two Step  Grin

Some cool Waltzes include:

Piano Man - Billy Joel
Peace In The Valley - Johnny Cash
In Your Eyes - Dionne Warwick
Strawberry Wine - Deanna Carter
Coco -- Tony Bennett

Piano Man is a VW tempo?





 45 
 on: June 10, 2015, 01:33:30 AM 
Started by Medira - Last post by Burgess Penguin
"That's All" by Genesis makes a hell of a Two Step  Grin

Some cool Waltzes include:

Piano Man - Billy Joel
Peace In The Valley - Johnny Cash
In Your Eyes - Dionne Warwick
Strawberry Wine - Deanna Carter
Coco -- Tony Bennett






 46 
 on: June 10, 2015, 01:30:16 AM 
Started by Rugby - Last post by Burgess Penguin
Things I Like:

1) Varied and interesting playlists with the occasional left field surprise
2) Variety of dance styles across the board
3) Keeps their trap shut, talks only when really necessary

Things That Drive Me Nuts

1) Verbose, yapping DJ's (one that REALLY drove me nuts was one guy who announced the dance at least 4-5 times DURING the song!)  Angry
2) Same exact boring, predictable playlist, week after week you could set a watch by it, NOT COOL!  Roll Eyes
3) Too much emphasis on one dance
4) Cheesy, generic cookie cutter ballroom music that sounds like a computer spewed it out





 47 
 on: June 10, 2015, 12:59:46 AM 
Started by phoenix13 - Last post by Burgess Penguin
RE Kling-On's and those who are twirl happy, when I did my Hustle lesson a couple weeks ago, I addressed those issues

One thing I pointed out to the ladies was a signal one could use if their partner was going past the point of courtesy with twirling them, a gentle hand squeeze should suffice, and I half-jokingly said that snarling at your partner like a leopard should only be used in extreme cases   Grin


 48 
 on: June 10, 2015, 12:49:48 AM 
Started by cornutt - Last post by Burgess Penguin
This weekend was very illuminating from the perspective of how much difference music makes for social dancers and their gatherings. Went to one social on Saturday and it was a thin crowd, part of the problem I think lay in the music selection, SAME EXACT PLAYLIST they were using 10 years ago. Seen this happen with another dance and because of the same reason (verified this with several other dancers who used to go) that the music was boring, generic cookie cutter music. Eventually, nobody went anymore.

I wound up DJ-ing again last Sunday, by and large it went over really well and did my darndest to avoid things that were played to death. One thing that didn't fly was a fast swing bordering on Quickstep tune, the beat didn't come through quite clear enough (room acoustics played a part in it, live room with a lot of hard surfaces), lesson learned. Other thing was a few too many fast Waltzes (other lesson learned), outside of that, the dancers liked the idea of some very different music than what had been previously served up, doing it again in a couple weeks and doing a Cha Cha lesson too. A work in progress, and even in the midst of it (thanks to my laptop), I got to join in the party and test out some of the songs myself. Gotta say, some Steely Dan tunes make some pretty nice West Coast Swing.

 49 
 on: June 09, 2015, 09:57:48 PM 
Started by ZPomeroy - Last post by QPO
Get really good enough and you will get noticed inspire of them all. That is the best!!
Yup, you have to get to the point where you can not be ignored. 
But more important you have to get to the point where you are in heaven.


of course, as I might have said previously it is the mixed messages that confuse you. people come up and say they really enjoyed your dancing and you were clearly the best on the floor. and these comments are unsolicited. and then you dont make a final or are last in the final.....it is very confusing. but yes you have to be really good so they cant ignore you indeed.

 50 
 on: June 07, 2015, 04:58:58 AM 
Started by ZPomeroy - Last post by elisedance
Get really good enough and you will get noticed inspire of them all. That is the best!!
Yup, you have to get to the point where you can not be ignored. 
But more important you have to get to the point where you are in heaven.

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