dance party

Stay The Fuck Home Dance Edition

The other day I saw a post about a line-dancing instructor who, because she couldn’t teach in a classroom, took it to the streets of her neighbourhood. This is a really great way to dance, get some exercise in and still be able to physical distance. Though I personally am not into line-dancing, I would still be up to someone doing other types of dance where we could still physical distance.

There are a variety of dance moves you can easily do while safely physically distancing. If you know how to teach any of these, maybe bring it to the streets of your neighbourhood. If you don’t already know the moves, learn them and start a community physical distance dance party.

If you don’t want to take it to the streets, why not start a virtual dance party!

The Stroll is both a slow rock ‘n’ roll dance and song that was popular in the late 1950s. To perform The Stroll, you would have two lines of dancers, men on one side and women on the other facing each other. You will then move in place to the music. If you want to get fancy, each paired couple then steps out and does a more elaborate dance up and down between the rows of dancers. Just make sure you keep 6 feet apart at all times!

Check out Jive Space and Black Cat Boogie! Once we are out of pandemic jail, they will be back at giving lessons! Black Cat Boogie has a few events pending, so check those out on Facebook as well. In the meantime, there are some YouTube Videos that give you the basics.

Here are a few videos to get you started.

The Charleston was a very popular dance in the 1920s and really is a lot of fun! We need to bring it back!

The original
And easy lesson

The Twist is not only a song, but was a dance made popular by Chubby Checker, but it’s a fun work out! Click here for a fun article about the story of The Twist!

If you want to keep your dance moves at home, a good friend of mine, Katie Laplante has a video on her YouTube channel and she has a video where she teaches you some Latin dance moves.

Stay The Fuck Home DJs and Virtual Dance Party Edition

Sometimes, even the hardest of nuts can crack. I’m a pretty hard nut and up until the last few days have been ok. Then… depression has started creeping back in. For myself, when this happens, I find music really helps. Especially going out to see it live. Since we are living in the Twilight Zone, that’s not possible and I’ve been listening to a lot of music. It’s a good way to lift your soul and get your ass moving. We are need to find ways to get our asses off the couch!

Here are some of my favourite DJ’s and I’ve thrown in a few virtual dance parties!

DJ Blush https://www.facebook.com/DJBlushTO/

(April 18) Saturday Night Studio 54 Dance Party LIVE https://www.facebook.com/events/246084739912065/

Dj Cher and Slow Fizz https://www.facebook.com/slowfizztoronto/

(April 25) https://facebook.com/events/s/slow-fizz-fb-live-with-dj-cher/515013619402055/?ti=icl

DJ Misty Fujii https://www.facebook.com/djmistyrocknroll or http://www.djmisty.com

(April 24) The!! Beat *Virtual* Dance Party https://www.facebook.com/events/1328730200662009/ (It’ll start early in Toronto @ 8am but will go until noon 🙂 AND it’ll be up for two weeks on twitch to watch later too.)

Mark Malibu’s GoGo Radio Show Mark Malibu’s Surfin’ a Go Go Radio Show is every Sunday at 2 PM EST on Surf Rock Radio

Radiocore’s DJ’s have been doing a lot of Facebook Live events! https://www.facebook.com/radiocoreinternetradio/ or http://www.radiocore.org

DJ Starboy TO https://www.facebook.com/NotThatStarboy/

DJ Swankenstein https://www.facebook.com/DJSwankenstein/
(April 18) Nothin’ more fun and tasty than a Cheeseburger in Quarantine. Next Saturday night Apr. 18 at 6pm EST on Twitch at twitch.tv/djswankenstein. Then, Margaritaville U’s Virtual Trivia night goes live at 7pm EST. Get over to the page and get yourself signed up for your chance to win some fab Margaritaville swag and prizes.

Stay The Fuck Home Entertain Yourself Edition

I’ve been seeing a lot of posts from friends witnessing way too many people out on the streets and in generally populated areas, including lounging in parks. Apparently, there are still people who don’t understand social distancing. The only times you should be going out is for groceries/supplies and exercise.

If you miss interacting with you friends, you can have virtual coffee or a Netflix Party. Platforms like Google Hangouts, Zoom or Facebook allow video conferencing.

As mentioned another fun thing to do is Netflix Party. https://www.netflixparty.com/

You can also live stream from YouTube or Facebook. Get a dance party going!

If you want to do things on your own, you can get caught up on reading or learn something new. Here are a few suggestions.

Open Culture has a TONNE of free ebooks http://www.openculture.com/free_ebooks

Go learn about ancient botany. https://botany.edwardworthlibrary.ie/ancient-botany/ancient-botany-2/

Take a virtual museum tour. https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/virtual-tours-canada-museums_ca_5e7275c2c5b6eab77941338d

My friend Diana Coatsworth is teaching you how to do sewing basics such as sew on a button! https://www.facebook.com/diana.coatsworth.7/videos/10163201173745634/

Ask Sarah Has a lot of sewing tutorials and hacks. https://www.asksarah.com.au/

Draw something, even if you haven’t for years.

Find a cooking video on YouTube.

Do Yoga or some other form of exercise.

Dig out that copy of Macbeth you’ve had since High School and start acting out scenes.

Go through your closet and have a fashion show. This also helps you purge items you don’t need and someone else could use!

Learn how to do the CanCan! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HL2g1WuuqKU

Adult Colouring http://www.openculture.com/2019/02/download-free-coloring-books-from-113-museums.html?fbclid=IwAR1exfo2aaUsahjbaGwue9yeJL9jhkPFVDkQFpGFCBspII4HMqHet0wyDg4

There are soooooo many things you could be doing at home. You don’t need to be out with your friends or meeting up in parks! Be responsible!!!