Archive for January 2011

Dance a Day Celebration – January 25, 2011 – Day 62 – Desafinado, by Ella Fitzgerald

January 30, 2011

by Diane Rocha on Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 11:16pm

This is another of those great bossa novas from Brazil sung by one of the greatest female vocalists who ever lived.  I fell in love with this style of music while still in high school in the 60s, and I still love it to this day.


I danced a hybrid samba/salsa thing to it.  Really fun to improvise to this one.



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Ella Fitzgerald



Dance a Day Celebration – January 24, 2011 – Day 61 – White Lightning and Wine, by Heart

January 27, 2011

by Diane Rocha on Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 9:52pm

I love this song!  I didn’t know it when it first came out; in fact I didn’t know it until relatively recently, but I loved the first second I heard it.  And I love Heart.  I remember trying to sing Heart songs long, long ago.  Straight On was particularly difficult.  In my mind, I sounded great – the reality of that, however, is dubious.


Great song to dance to as well.  Sort of a hybrid cha-cha/West Coast swing.





Dance a Day Celebration – January 23, 2011 – Day 60 – Hey Jude, by The Beatles

January 25, 2011

by Diane Rocha on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 11:05pm

Okay.  I think this may just be a perfect song.  Great music – great lyrics – and so much fun to sing the repeating chorus – and who knew it was such a great nightclub two step!

Cate and Matthew, are you reading this?  In addition to dancing to “My Way,” I want everyone at my funeral – in about 40 years – to stand in a circle, wave their arms over their heads and sing “Hey Jude.”  What a hoot that would be!  Read on:

This songs begs a little trip down memory lane:

  1. Standing in a circle, in the courtyard at John Oldenkamp’s R.M. Schindler Pueblo Ribera in La Jolla, circa 1971, with several friends waving our arms over our heads singing in unison.  That was the start of it all.
  2. Fast forward to Vickie Cottle’s guitar campouts, circa 1989 – a whole weekend of playing music and singing with good friends outside Julian, east of San Diego.  My kids were little then and they had a great time too.  Two highlights of those campouts – Cate, Matthew, their dad, and I playing and singing “Love Potion #9.”  The Von Trapps had nothing on us.  And of course, “Hey Jude,” only this time there was no arm waving – since we were all playing our guitars.
  3. Fast forward again.  At this point, Matthew is grown up and a music major at Palomar College and also has a fledgling band that he has just started.  Mike Martinez, my other “son,” was the drummer.  Circa 2006, and Matthew and Mike are here at the house for some get together.  Most everyone had left, but those who stayed were treated to a rousing rendition of, you guessed it, “Hey Jude” – and yes, with the arm waving.
  4. And now it is my legendary birthday parties – circa 2007 to the present.  We have come full circle and now stand in the original circle (sometimes it is more like a horseshoe) singing “Hey Jude” complete with the arm waving on the na na na part with particular emphasis paid to the Judy, Judy, Judy, Judy Judy part.  That’s Cate’s and my favorite part.  :  )

Now for today’s dance:  So much fun!  Great nightclub two-step, as I mentioned, but at the end with all the na, na, nas, while my feet were doing the basic, my arms, of course were waving, followed by several chaines turns.  So I had a little choreography at the end.  I was laughing and laughing with delight.  And so a new memory forms …

YouTube Link: – Great video – Don’t miss it.   Look how young they are. And that Paul is such a cutie!

Judy, Judy, Judy, Judy, Judy – At Diane’s 60th Birthday – November 25th, 2010 – Left to Right – Jerry, Mom, Cate, Sebastian, Collie, Pat, Diane, Matthew
RM Schindler House in La Jolla – What a Great Place

Dance a Day Celebration – January 22, 2011 – Day 59 – Toxic, by Brittany Spears

January 25, 2011

by Diane Rocha on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 10:49pm

Went to my dear friend Therisa’s birthday party tonight, and after a lovely salmon dinner, we danced to the Wii – dance thing.  I totally bombed the first dance – but the elder stateswoman – that would be Ms. Rocha – showed those whippersnappers how it’s done – I won all the other ones – 5 or 6 total.  What fun that was.  Not sure if it was what I would call “real” dancing, but it was fun all the same.  I am so competitive!  Who knew?


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Diane, Therisa, Kim – Such Concentration!


Dance a Day Celebration – January 21, 2011 – Day 58 – If I Could Turn Back Time, by Cher

January 24, 2011

by Diane Rocha on Monday, January 24, 2011 at 12:11am

I love Cher.  I love her tenacity; I love her humor; I love her chutzpah. Yes Cher is one of a kind.  And I particularly love this song.


Today’s dance was total improv.  It was another one of those dances that does not fit into any one dance style, so I danced several different styles.


This was a good one.


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Outrageous, Wonderful Cher


Dance a Day Celebration – January 20, 2011 – Day 57 – Words Get in the Way, by Gloria Estefan

January 24, 2011

by Diane Rocha on Monday, January 24, 2011 at 12:02am

This is such a beautiful song.  It was part of my cool down on the elliptical trainer for years, but I hadn’t heard it for a long time, so it was great to dance to it today.  It was mostly a nightclub two-step, with a little samba thrown in for fun.


Great dance.


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Dance a Day Celebration – January 19, 2011 – Day 56 – Rikki Don’t Lose that Number, by Steely Dan

January 20, 2011

by Diane Rocha on Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 1:35am

What an iconic song!  I have always loved Steely Dan, and this was the first of their songs that I knew, as I am sure is true for a lot of us.  As it turns out, it is a great cha-cha too.  And that is what I did tonight – a great cha-cha.  I must say, though, after dancing last night with Russell, I am missing dancing with a partner.  It may be time for me to venture back out there into the dance community and start dancing on a regular basis with partners again.


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Steely Dan