The Last Dance

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Globe and Mail photo for Dance Dance Party Party Vancouver, 2010

Globe and Mail photo for Dance Dance Party Party Vancouver, 2008

One day in early 2008 I came across a blog post of a New York based comedian about an event her friends ran. It was called Dance Dance Party Party and from what I understood it was a ‘class’ just for women to dance to guilty-pleasure tunes without a dress code or having to pay an expensive cover charge. There already were a few other chapters in other American cities and I immediately knew that I must bring this to Vancouver.

Because of my theatre training I was aware of dance classes like Five Rhythms and Ecstatic Dance but, for me, they were too ‘movement’ based. I’d gone to them before and felt out of place because I didn’t have much modern dance training and I wasn’t a hippie. Dance Dance Party Party focused on fun rather than ‘using the space,’ ‘expressing through your elbows’ or ‘breathing into your back ribs.’ After years of hardcore theatre training it was just what I needed.

I started the Vancouver chapter of DDPP in Spring of 2008 at the Mt Pleasant Community Centre’s old location at 16th Ave and Ontario because it was only 3 blocks from my home. It ran for a few months on Sunday afternoons. I adored it. But in August of that year I moved to the UK to do a MA degree. I tried to pass the torch to another woman to continue the event but no one wanted to take it.

When I came back to Vancouver in the spring of 2010 I decided to pick up where I left off. It’s been four years and over that time I’ve facilitated many hours of fun at Dance Dance Party Party Vancouver. I like to think I’ve inspired a few women to enjoy their bodies, dance and the magic of Ke$ha (Yes, I know she dropped the dollar sign but I’ll never let it go).

There have been many nights when I arrived sick, tired, and worn down and left DDPP revitalized. For me it’s been in spiritual practice, a ritual, and a blessing. I should admit that I have run run DDPP VanCity for a very selfish reason – I get so much joy out of it. Yet, at the end of May I’m leaving my post as Den Mama of Dance Dance Party Party Vancouver.

I’ve put a lot of thought into this. Those that follow my work or know me personally know that I do a lot of different jobs, performances and producing. It’s time to spring clean and make room for new projects and events to enter my life. This expands beyond DDPP VanCity; I’m going to Toronto for the summer to take a break from all that I do here, to see friends, and to test out that community. For over a decade people have told me that I would do well in Toronto. It’s about time I found out.

DJ Darfunkle will become the new Den Mama in June. She’s been attending DDPP for over a year now and has DJ’ed multiple times. I’m excited to see where she takes it.

As this is my last month as the Den Mother of Dance Dance Party Party I’m Djing twice: May 6 and May 27. Yes, I’ve saved the last dance for me.

Please come and join in on the fun while I’m still at the helm.

May Shows

Here’s a run down of all the shows and events that I’ve committed to this month – so far. Yay!

RIO May

MAY 4Behind the Curtain, PAL Theatre, 581 Cardero Street 7:30-9:30PM, Tickets by donation

I’m hosting a storytelling event for PAL Theatre where I’ve invited performing artists to shed light on what life upon the wicked stage is really like. Facebook Event

MAY 6, 13, 20, 27Dance Dance Party Party Vancouver, Mount Pleasant Community Centre, 1 Kingsway, 8:45-9:45PM, $7 Drop In

This is my last month as the Den Mama for the Vancouver Chapter of this weekly event where women dance to guilty pleasure music in a judgement-free, fun focused, playful space with a laser light show. Facebook Group

MAY 16Clueless, Rio Theatre, 1660 Broadway, 11:30PM Doors, Midnight screening, $6 in costume or in advance, $8 at the door

I’m hosting this screening of one of my favourite movies of all time. Come and see how I’m like a Monet – from far away I’m okay but up close I’m a big old mess. I’ll be dressed as my favourite extra.  Rio Website

MAY 21 – Say Wha?! Readings of Deliciously Rotten Writing – Four Year Anniversary Show (and last show until the Fall), Cottage Bistro, 4468 Main Street, 8-10PM, $10 at the door (sliding scale available)

A comedy show where funny people read from terrible books. Featuring: John Cullen, Brent Constantine, Riel Hahn, Lauren McGibbon, and Cameron Macleod. Facebook Event

Sundays, Rookie Night, Vancouver Theatre Sports League, Improv Centre, Granville Island, 7:30PM, $8,

You might catch me performing improv one Sunday. It’s a very fun show. Come and check it out. You can see if I’m cast this week by checking VTSL’s website

 

 

Improv

Screen shot 2014-04-11 at 1.56.27 PMWhat the heck is this?

This is a photo taken by Margret Nyfors of the cast of Rookie Night at Vancouver Theatre Sports a few weeks ago. Can you spot me? Yup, I’m the one in blue in a weird pose. I was dancing. I’m always dancing.

I’m performing in this Sunday’s show – April 13, 7:30pm, $8.

I can’t guarantee I’ll be funny, but I can guarantee I’ll be the best dancer on stage. If you can’t spot me by my smooth moves I’m likely to be the only person wearing any colour besides black or grey.

Bonkers

Hello darling reader,

2013 is on! Here’s what I have going on for the next 11 days. It’s gonna be BONKERS.

Sunday, January 6Rookie Night at VTSL

I’m going to get up on stage and make up some stories with some talented improvisors. Details HERE

Monday, January 7 – Teenage Wasteland at East Van Comedy 

I’ve got some fantastic improvisers who are going to experiment in a Teen Angst/Improv mash up. It’s only $5. Come and check it out! Details HERE

Tuesday, January 8Dance Dance Party Party 

My weekly dance class starts up again. Details HERE

Wednesday, January 9 – Instant Theatre

I decided to start taking a new improv class, because I didn’t have enough things to do with my time. I’ve been meaning to take classes here for nearly 2 years now, it’s time to stop procrastinating. Also, this is a weekly thing. (I do get to miss class when I’m doing Say Wha?! thankfully.)

Monday, January 14PuSh Festival Opening Gala

I’ve organized the big party that’s going to kick-off the PuSh Festival. Please come and have a drink with me. Details HERE

I’m also co-ordinating the social media for the Festival so please get involved and tweet me at @PuShFestival 

Tuesday, January 15Dance Dance Party Party

Again, it’s a weekly thing.

Wednesday, January 16Say Wha?! Readings of Deliciously Rotten Writing

My monthly show where I, along with some local funny people, make show the worst books ever published.  Details HERE

So, if you see me sometime in the next two weeks please understand that I’m losing my mind.

At the very least this should help my comedy shows. Good thing most of them are improv!

x

SB

Rule Breaking Dance Party

 

Globe and Mail photo for Dance Dance Party Party Vancouver circa 2008

Have you always wanted to check out Dance Dance Party Party but could never make it on a Tuesday? Or weren’t allowed because you’re a dude? Maybe you can only dance if you’ve had a glass of wine? Whatever your excuse, here’s your chance to have fun with us DDPPGirls on a Friday night!

Everyone is invited to this public, rule breaking  DDPPVanCity!

Friday April 20, 2012

Beaumont Studios  316 West 5th Ave Vancouver, BC

Doors at 7:30pm Dancing  8-10pm

$10 at the door (cash only)

More info: 

Dance Dance Party Party VanCity is a fun-focused, ‘fitness’ class where no one tells you how to move.Dance Dance Party Party started in NYC by a couple of girls who were tired of the club scene. “Let’s rent a dance studio and invite our friends. That way we can do our craziest dance moves, without having to dress up, wear painful shoes, get creeped on my boys or have to pay expensive cover charges.”That’s how it got started. Now there are DDPP chapters all over the world!

This special edition of Dance Dance Party Party was created at a mingler for Girl Gangers and their friends! Why? Because we needed a fun mingler event, and why not Dance Dance Party Party?!

YES, that means this event is open to EVERYONE! (Yes, men too!)

DJ’ed by Emiko DDPP member and local party DJ.
Wine and Beer available!!!
What to wear: whatever you want, be prepared to sweat!

Facebook event

Dance Dance Party Party Tuesday Time

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I can’t quit dancing. I thought I was going to take a break and focus on other things but the love for dancing holds strong. DDPP is back on Tuesday nights, which should suit everyone’s schedules a little better. Please help me spread the word and share this post with all the awesome ladies you know in Vancouver.

You can also join our Facebook Group and get weekly updates about the class.

DDPP Vancouver starts tonight. Hope to see you there!

Dancing Time!

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When I Googled 'Dancing Time' this is one of the images that came up on the front page. You like?

It’s Dance Dance Party Party time … again. Yes, I said I was going to take a break, but I lied. I missed dancing so much, and I received so many emails that I had to bring it back. 

For those of you who don’t know, Dance Dance Party Party is a fun-focused, free-form, dance ‘class’ for  “women only”* It’s an open space to let loose, get down an let your freak flag fly. The main rule we follow is No Judgement; that applies to yourself and others in the room. We also discourage talking during class as it tends to overpower the music and wreck the ‘vibe.’ 

DDPP VanCity is going to be on Tuesday, March 6 and at the same time and same day of the week from then on until the end of June.

Mt Pleasant Community Centre Dance Studio. 1 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC. 

Tuesday nights March 6 – June 26 8:45-9:45 pm

Note: New day of the week and slightly later time.

You can also join the Facebook Group for weekly event reminders. 

I will DJ the first one under my new DJ name Hottie Cooterati.

*If you identify as a woman you are welcome.

Temple

Remember that scene in Anne of Green Gables where Anne talks about praying in an open field? No? Well, here it is:

CHAPTER VII Anne Says Her Prayers

“Why must people kneel down to pray?” If I really wanted to pray I’ll tell you what I’d do. I’d go out into a great big field all alone or into the deep, deep, woods, and I’d look up into the sky–up–up–up–into that lovely blue sky that looks as if there was no end to its blueness. And then I’d just feel a prayer.

Now I’m not a religious person. I wasn’t even baptized but there’s always a moment during my weekly Dance Dance Party Party that reminds me of that scene in Anne of Green Gables. If I was to pray I think I would do it while dancing.

Now imagine a room packed full of women and girls age 8- 65, bouncing, smiling, laughing and dancing. To me that is a celebration of life. It’s my place of worship.

Now imagine them singing along to this song.

Imagine them singing at the top of their lungs to each other, interpretive dancing, emoting and skipping around like fairies. How can you think anything except that life is wonderful and experience anything but joy. It was pure silliness and total commitment to the moment.

This is why I love Dance Dance Party Party; it’s about ladies getting together, having fun and being joyous. Want in? Join us Thursdays from 8:30 to 9:30 pm at Mt Pleasant Community Centre, 1 Kingsway, from now until December 8. It’s only $7 to drop-in, or you can register in person or by calling 604-257-3080 – class number 41700.401MP