brought on this exciting development?
the idea came to Marla after the phenomenal July 2014 Sock Hop Dance
at the Chandelier featuring Joe Valentino.
As many of
you have heard through the Grapevine, the Chandelier Sock Hop
featuring Joe Valentino was a slam dunk success. When you have 300
people dancing to every song, that tends to make quite an
Foyt, the Chandelier director, said it was the biggest dance event
she had ever hosted. The floor was definitely full all night long.
Note: We are going to bring Joe Valentino back at the Chandelier on
Friday, December 5th, so circle your calendars now.)
of the July event benefitted from the word of mouth started first by
Debra Hrncir and Cindy Hudson, my friends who are big fans of Joe
Valentino. I imagine you will see these two on the dance cruise as
well… Cindy is already signed on and I bet Debra isn’t far behind.
friend Gary Richardson got involved with publicity and reserving
seats. His frequent updates helped generate even more interest.
result was an over-the-fence grand slam home run.
I have my
own theory why the July Sock Hop was such a success.
There is a
saying that everyone believes the music of their particular
generation is the finest music ever recorded. I am sure this is
true. I know the Big Band people swear by “In the Mood” and I know
the Cavemen think rock music crushes all other genres.
As for me,
give me the music of the Fifties and Sixties. That’s the music I
grew up with. There’s something in that music that makes my tired
old feet start tapping again. I am not alone. It was amazing at
the Chandelier Sock Hop to see so many people laughing and dancing
with unabashed joy to the music of their youth.
You know, I
didn’t know how to partner dance back when I was teenager, but I
sure envied the boys in our crowd who did know how. Now here in my
old age, it is a real treat to be given a second chance. Now when I
hear “Jailhouse Rock”, I know just what to do to make a girl dizzy
and smile at the same time.
I have to
hand to it to Marla for pushing the envelope. This is a completely
new feature. In the past, we have always relied on whatever music
the cruise ship had to offer or DJ music played on some amplifiers
brought from home.
inclusion of our very own dance band raises the concept of “Dance
Cruise” to an entire new dimension.
I have a
friend named Judith who used to follow Blues singer Delbert
McClinton to the far ends of the earth. Delbert had an annual Blues
Cruise and all Judith could talk about for the entire year was
“Delbert’s next Blues Cruise!” She would get all misty-eyed and
gooey just thinking about it.
just something about hanging out with her hero at sea that sent
Judith flying over the moon. Women can be so helpless when they
hear music that touches their soul. Think Beatlemania.
I bet the
Joe Valentino Sock Hop Cruise is going catch on in exactly the same
way. I think Marla had one heck of a great idea.
we are going to have to dress right, yes? Better pack your poodle
skirts, girls. And will Elvis be in the house? I certainly hope
And we are
all going to have to practice our Jitterbug ahead of time, yes??
learn a couple of those Sock Hop line dances like the Stroll. We
definitely need a Stroll line… girls on one side, boys on the
other. Now one couple at a time shimmies and shakes their way from
one end of the Stroll line to the other while everyone forming the
Stroll lines claps to the music. Don’t worry, everyone will get
their chance in the limelight. I am already working on my routine.
forget the Hand Jive, the Monster Mash, and the Harlem Shuffle.
Hop is an event that makes people laugh and cry and feel nostalgic.
All these feelings will be amplified at sea. I expect our Dance
Cruise Sock Hop will be a truly cosmic event as we stroll deep into
what could happen under the moonlight? Maybe the ship will hit a
swell in the water and suddenly everyone on the floor will lose
their balance. Immediately dozens of ladies will fall helplessly
into the arms of their partners. And maybe this will be the moment
when stars line up just right for some of these couples to feel a
laugh. That’s exactly the sort of thing that can happen when you
have Rock ‘n Roll at sea.