Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Let's Dance-- Part 11: 30-Minute Dance Explosion

Songs to get Ya' Movin'.

THE TWIST--  Chubby Checker

RESPECT--  Aretha Franklin


OYE COMO VA--  Santana

DANCE TO THE MUSIC--  Sly & the Family Stone


BOOGIE WONDERLAND--  Earth, Wind & Fire

THRILLER--  Michael Jackson  (Dance like a Zombie)

UPTOWN FUNK--  Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars

Those Who Will Not dance Might be Zombies.  --CootMove

Monday, March 27, 2017

Let's Dance-- Part 10: Give Me Good Old Frat/Soul Dancing Anytime

My idea of fun dancing is what you saw on "Animal House" at the Delta Tau Delta toga party.  That and any type of soul dancing.

We used to do a lot of dancing at our Delta Sigma Phi parties at NIU.  We generally played just four albums (yes, albums as that is what we had back 1969-1973).  They were:  Green River by CCR (our fraternity song was "The Buffalo Song" to the tune of "Lodi"), Sly & the Family Stone's Greatest Hits, Four Tops Greatest Hits and Temptations Greatest Hits.

Play one side of all four, flip them over and do the other side.  Repeat as needed.

I dance where the music takes me.

Give Me a Beat That Can't Be Beat.  --CootFrat

Friday, March 24, 2017

Let's Dance-- Part 9: The Times of Our Lives, Learning a Country Line Dance

What They Had to Say:

POPE FRANCIS:  I love tango, and I used to dance when I was young."  I've never seen a Pope dance.

JAMES BROWN:  "Any problem in the world can be solved by dancing."  Now, That Man Could Move.

ANONYMOUS:  "If every time you take one step forward you take two steps backward, don't be discouraged.  You just learned how to country line dance."  Good Old "Boot Scootin' Boogie" and "Achy Breaky Heart."

EMMA STONE:  "Once you've learned to ballroom dance with someone, you've learned everything you need to know."  Don't Know How to Do It, But My Brother Does.

Stand Up Sit Down.  Fight, Fight, Fight.  --Cooter

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Let's Dance-- Part 8: They Made Us Feel Like Dancing

5.  MADONNA--  Before she sang, she sought a dance career.  And, she sure did some dancin' while she was singin'.

6.  PAULA ABDUL--  The '80s MTV star was also a top choreographer.  And she could sing too.

7.  JANET JACKSON--  As good as her brother?  Absolutely, say dance experts and her many fans.  And, you never know when she will have problem with her clothes.

8.  MICHAEL JACKSON--  The King of Pop changed modern dance.  Can you say "Moonwalk"?  Hurt myself bad trying that.  Won't do it again.

9.  MIKHAIL BARYSHNIKOV--  He made ballet fresh, exciting and even sexy for millions of Americans.  Well, not me.

Of course, I sure loved Toni Basil in her "Mickey" video.  I guess you'd call that cheerleader dancing.  Plus, the moves the Motown groups had just blew me away.

Then, there was Tina Turner and her Ikettes.  How those short dresses stayed on during those moves was beyond me.

Moving Soul.  --Cooter

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Let's Dance-- Part 7: They Made Us Feel Like Dancing


His fast feet and awesome splits defined funkiness.


He gyrated on TV -- and sixty years later, we still haven't caught our balance.  Remember, no filming below the hips, Ed.


The Twist became a worldwide dance sensation after he stole it from Hank Ballard.


From Sesame Street to Broadway, he keeps tap dance alive and well.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Let's Dance-- Part 6: The 2000s


The Harlem Shake


The Dougie

The Whip/ Nae Nae

The Dab


Monday, March 20, 2017

Nancy Hart, American Revolution Heroine-- Part 7: Some Confusion About Burial


She is buried in what is now called the Book Cemetery near Henderson, Kentucky.  There are 82 internments listed there.  She is not mentioned as an important person buried there, which is surprising.

I've also seen it called the Hart-Book Cemetery.

A lot of people with the Book family name (26 of them) are buried there.  This land was probably initially owned by the Hart family and then the Book family took it over.

From Saving Graves site.

The Book Cemetery is privately owned by Steve Reed and neglected and overgrown.  It is located near US Highway 60 on Frog Island Road.

Under a Hart Brook Cemetery in Henderson, Ky., I the oldest grave was that of Nancy Hart, died 1837, DAR.  It also says this one is owned by Steve Reed and neglected with overgrown trees, ground cover and vines.

Another source mentioned that the Hart Graveyard is on Frog Island Road, ten miles from Henderson.


Nancy Hart, American Revolution Heroine-- Part 6: Georgia. Historical Marker



1 1/2 mile.

"On Wahatche (WarWoman) Creek, in Revolutionary times lived Nancy Morgan Hart, her husband,  Benjamin, and their children.  Six feet tall, masculine in strength and courage, Nancy Hart was a staunch patriot, a deadly shot, a skilled doctor, and good neighbor.

"A spy for the colonists, she is credited with capturing several Tories.  Later, her son, John, and her family, she joined a wagon train to Henderson County, Kentucky, where she is buried.

"Hart County, the Nancy Hart Highway, and schools in Elbert and Hart Counties are named for her.  A replica of her log home, with chimney stones from the original, is in Nancy Hart Park, 1 1/2 miles from here."


Friday, March 17, 2017

Nancy Hart, American Revolution Heroine-- Part 5

From Find-A-Grave.



One of 4 Harts buried in the Book Cemetery.

Her son, John Hart is buried there as well.

Her son Mark is buried in Mount Juliet Cemetery in Tennessee.

There is the Nancy Hart Highway established in 1928 through the efforts of the Georgia DAR.  A marker stone was erected by the Stephen Heard Chapter DAR.


Nancy Hart, American Revolution Heroine-- Part 4

She is buried at the Hart Family Cemetery, near Henderson, Kentucky.

On the approximate site of the Hart cabin in Elbert County, the DAR has erected a replica cabin, its chimney using the stones from the original.


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Nancy Hart, American Revolution Heroine-- Part 3


**  Hart County, Georgia named for her.

**  Hart County's county seat is named Hartwell

**  During the Civil War, a group of women called themselves the Nancy Harts after organizing a military group to defend selves after their men had gone off to war.  This was in LaGrange, Georgia.

**  Lake Hartwell and Hartwell Dam in Georgia.

**  The Milledgeville, Georgia, chapter of the DAR is named after her.

**  Nancy Hart Highway in Georgia.  As of 1950, reportedly the only highway in the U.S. named after a woman.  Georgia State Highway 77.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Nancy Hart, American Revolution Heroine-- Part 2: Killing Tories

It is believed she was born in North Carolina.

It is difficult to prove or disprove the accomplishments credited to her, however.

One of those accounts had 5 or 6 Tories coming to her house and demanding that she cook one of her turkeys for them.  They placed their guns by the door and sat down and began drinking heavily and eating.  While they were distracted, she pushed their guns out a hole and then grabbed one and confronted them.

One came at her and she shot him dead.  She grabbed another gun and when a second one came at her, killed him as well.  She held the remainder captive until her husband and neighbors arrived. Her husband wanted to kill them on the spot, but Nancy demanded that they be taken outside and hanged.  They were hanged.

There are many other stories about her.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Nancy Hart, American Revolution Heroine-- Part 1

From Wikipedia.

I have been writing about a group of women from LaGrange, Georgia, called the Nancy harts during the Civil War who organized a military unit to defend their town while the men were away fighting.  This has been in my Saw the Elephant Civil War Blog this past week.

I'd never heard of Nancy Hart, so good old Wikipedia to the rescue.


Rebel heroine of the American Revolution, noted for her exploits against Loyalists in the northeast Georgia backwoods.  Reputedly outwitted Tory soldiers and killed some of them.

--More to Come.  --Cooter

Let's Dance-- Part 5: Decades of Dance, the 1980s


The Electric Slide

The Cabbage Patch

The Robot

Break Dancing

The Moonwalk


The MC Hammer

The Achy Breaky Heart


The Jiggy

The Macarena

The Running Man

That Michael Walking Forwards, Backwards Across the Stage.  --CootDance

Monday, March 13, 2017

Let's Dance-- Part 4: Decades of Dance 1960s-1970s

These are some popular dances from past decades:


The Mashed Potato

The Twist

The Monkey

The Watusi

The Jerk


The Bump



Le Freak

The Hustle

The Two Left Feet.  --DaCootFlop

Let's Dance-- Part 3: Our Most-Beloved Song-and-Dance Men

Fred Astaire

Sammy Davis Jr.

Neil Patrick Harris

Hugh Jackman

Gene Kelly

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Channing Tatum


Friday, March 10, 2017

Let's Dance-- Part 2: TV Shows That Danced Us Up


These were TV shows featuring dancing from the past:

American Bandstand--  1957

Shindig--  1964

Soul Train-- 1971

Solid Gold--  1980

So You Think You Can Dance--  2005

I sure liked to watch the first three shows.  It was our MTV, or at least what MTV was in its early days.

I'll Give It a Seven, It's Easy to Dance To and Has a Good Beat.  --CootDance