Summer Dance Break (August 20, 2011)

My second summer dance break.

This one was preceded by a bluesy waltz class.

Dance recommendations are listed as they were on the set list.

Set 1

  1. Cross-Step Waltz (Bluesy) – “Do Right Woman (Do Right Man)” (132 bpm) by Rebecca Lynn Howard
  2. Waltz – “Love Will Come Through” (162 bpm) by Travis
  3. Tango (Viejo) – “Hernando’s Hideaway” (124 bpm) by Alfred Hause’s Tango Orchestra
  4. WCS/Polka/Hustle/Cha/+ – “Teenage Dream” (120 bpm) by Katy Perry
  5. Club Two Step – “The Tower” (152 bpm) by Vienna Teng
  6. Cross-Step Waltz – “Elan” (123 bpm) by Secret Garden
  7. Schottische – “One” (168 bpm) by Jeanette Hawkins
  8. Waltz – “Just Give It Time” (150 bpm) by Jon McLaughlin
  9. Swing – “Candyman” (172 bpm) by Christina Aguilera
  10. Waltz – “Alaska” (171 bpm) by Sky Sailing
  11. Salsa – “Los Campeones de la Salsa” (190 bpm) by Willy Chirino
  12. Cross Step Waltz Mixer – “A Clock Stopped” (111 bpm) by KGB

Set 2

  1. WCS/Polka/Hustle/Cha/+ – “Safety Dance” (106 bpm) by Glee Cast
  2. Waltz – “Getaway” (171 bpm) by Train*
  3. Cross Step Waltz – “Winnie the Pooh” (120 bpm) by Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward*
  4. Foxtrot/Swing – “Mack the Knife” (160 bpm) by Robbie Williams
  5. Cross Step Waltz – “We’re All in the Dance” (117 bpm) by Feist
  6. Waltz – “I Want to Belong to You” (141 bpm) by Katie Herzig
  7. Swing – “In the Mood” (184 bpm) by Hugo Strasser
  8. Redowa Waltz – “Idaho” (153 bpm) by Nerina Pallot*
  9. Bohemian National Polka – “Feuerfest Polka” (100 bpm) by Josef Strauss
  10. Cross-Step Waltz (Bluesy) – “Bye Bye Blackbird” (129 bpm) by Joe Cocker
  11. Schottische – “Getting Rid of Britta” (164 bpm) by Eric Olsen
  12. Waltz – “Nothing Else Matter” (165 bpm) by Lee Mead

Set 3

  1. WCS/Polka/Hustle/Cha/+ – “Moves Like Jagger” (128 bpm) by Maroon 5 & Christina Aguilera
  2. Salsa – “Beautiful Liar” (192 bpm) by Beyoncé and Shakira
  3. Cross Step Waltz – “Atlanta” (114 bpm) by Stone Temple Pilots*
  4. Redowa Waltz – “Yeon Bap” (159 bpm) from the Dae Jang Geum Soundtrack*
  5. Cross-Step Waltz (Bluesy) – “Can’t Let You Go” (126 bpm) by Matchbox Twenty
  6. Kerry Polka Sets – “Cry of the Celts” (124 bpm) by Ronan Hardiman
  7. Cross Step Waltz – “Until the Last Falling Star” (108 bpm) by Matthew Perryman Jones
  8. Tango (Nuevo) – “Bahia Blanca” (116 bpm) by Tanghetto*
  9. Waltz – “Save Yourself” (171 bpm) by Sense Field
  10. Schottische – “2nd Time Around” (176 bpm) by Lady Gaga
  11. West Coast Swing – “Crazy” (112 bpm) by Gnarls Barkley
  12. Waltz – “Under the Weather” (144 bpm) by KT Tunstall
  13. Surprise! (#1) – “Hot Hot Hot” (120 bpm) by Buster Poindexter

Set 4

  1. Cross Step Waltz – “The Rainbow Connection” (108 bpm) by Sarah McLachlan
  2. Foxtrot/Swing – “Cheek to Cheek” (160 bpm) by Fred Astaire
  3. WCS/Polka/Hustle/Cha/+ – “Dynamite” (120 bpm) by Taio Cruz
  4. Redowa Waltz – “Marunae” (162 bpm) by E.S. Posthumus*
  5. Maxixe – “Down in Zanzibar” (110 bpm) by Anthony Godwin
  6. Epic Polka/+ – “Mai Ai Hee (Dragostea Din Tei)” (132 bpm) by O-Zone
  7. Cross-Step Waltz (Bluesy) – “Not the Same” (117 bpm) by Mingo Fishtrap
  8. Shim Sham/Lindy – “The Shim Sham Song” (168 bpm) by Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra
  9. Dawn Mazurka – “Zingara” (168 bpm)
  10. Accelerated Waltz – “Swim” (201 bpm) by Jack’s Mannequin*
  11. Club Two Step – “Sleeping to Dream” (176 bpm) by Jason Mraz*
  12. Tokyo Polka – “Levan Polka” (118 bpm) by Otomania & MIKU
  13. Surprise! (#2) – “I Got You” (100 bpm) by Leona Lewis
  14. Cross-Step Waltz – “Your Hand in Mine” (114 bpm) by Explosions in the Sky*
  15. Last Waltz – “Telling Them” (150 bpm) by Starsailor

Note: Songs marked with an asterisk are edits of the originals.

For the Future: Following Richard, I had been experimenting with playing generic 4-count walking-tempo songs that are appropriate for many dances, labeling them something like “Polka/WCS/Cha/Hustle/+” based on what they most sounded like. The response was not great. Several people told me they would have preferred to have songs that were really well suited for a particular dance – a song that really feels like a Cha Cha, or a song that exudes West Coast Swing. I’ll still play some generic songs in the future, but even more specifically styled ones.

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