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Patricia Dates O'Brien
West Coast Swing

Favorite Dance Tunes

by Patricia Dates O'Brien
April 21, 2009
Editor's note: This article is so old that it predates ExploreDance.com's first organized file system. I just rediscovered it today (April 21, 2009). These are still good song suggestions, so I decided to put the article into the current file structure to make it easier to find. If you have favorite tunes you would like to suggest, please fill out the form at the end of this article and email it in.
Patricia Dates O'Brien (10/29/2000) recommends:
1. "Gotitas De Miel"

by Pandora
From "the Ultimate…Latin Album 2" presented by Greg De Wet, worldwide Music company, England, 2000

Dance: International Rumba/American Bolero

this is a great, uplifting Latin song with fabulous female vocals!

2. "Starve A Fever"
by The Atomic Fireballs
from "Torch This Place," produced by Bruce Fairbaim, Atlantic Recording Corp, 1998/99

Dance: Slow Foxtrot; can be sped up for American Foxtrot

the singer's low, raspy vocals are the BEST — this CD also has many great swing tracks, including "Caviar & Chitlins" and "Drink, drank, drunk."

3. "We The Boys Will Rock Ya"
by The Big Six
from the CD "Swing This, Baby," Slimstyle Recording Corp, 1998

Dance: Swing

this is FAST — excellent for hard-core Lindy Hoppers. Lots of breaks — good for advanced styling. The Big Six have a great rockabilly sound.

4. "I Will Go With You"
by Donna Summer
Sony Music Entertainment, 1999.

Dance: Hustle

I actually like the "Italian Uptempo Version" the best off of this CD single, although each mix of the song is good. Fast-dancin' version of the Bocelli/Brightman hit.

5. "Speak Real Low"
by The Speak Easy Spies
from the cd, "Did Somebody Say Swing?" Ripe Productions, Arcata GA, www.ripeproductions.com

Dance: American Foxtrot or West Coast Swing

this is American style Foxtrot the way I like it — snazzy & jazzy. The female vocalist is smokin'! **Slows down a bit at two different times. Good for shows.

6. "Spybreak"
by The Propellerheads, from the soundtrack to The Matrix
Maverick Records, 1999

Dance: International Cha-Cha, Techno

OK, so it may be a little rough for ballroom, but this track gets you going on a slow day! I use it to teach my "cardiodance" classes, and we are movin' & groovin' 'till we can't sweat no more!

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