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Maggie Boyd
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Read 1 8(or 10 or 12) books that match the criteria listed within the challenge to complete it.
1. Square Dance – Associated with the romantic image of the American Cowboy. Read a Western Romance. (Cowboy, ranchers, you name it -if it’s associated with the American West it works!)
2. Watermelon Crawl – A country line dance made famous by the Tracy Byrd song. Read a small-town romance or a book that takes place at a fair.
3. Tango (Chase)– An elegant, stylized dance often associated with danger. Read a romantic suspense novel or romance involving a mystery of some kind.
4. Waltz – A ballroom dance. Read a Regency or European historical romance
5. Boogie-Woogie – A form of swing dance popularized in the 30s/40s. Read a novel that takes place in the 30s/40s
6. Pole Dance – This dance is meant to inspire desire. Read a hot romance.
7. Quickstep- The movement of the dance is fast and powerfully flowing and sprinkled with unexpected rhythms. Read a romance involving someone doing fancy footwork, like a thief, con-man, ad man, lawyer etc.
8. The Lindy Hop – A type of swing dance named after Charles Lindbergh who “hopped” across the Atlantic. Read a romance about someone who travels a lot for a living (pilot, war correspondent etc.) or where a trip is central to the story.
9. Salsa – A Cuban dance whose origins began with Latin Jazz. Read a romance that takes place in the Caribbean or that has an h/h from that area or since the dance is often associated with Miami, read a book that takes place in Florida.
10. Rumba – There is a famous scene in the I Love Lucy show (Season 1, Episode 3) where Lucy is dressed in a Carmen Miranda outfit. It is typically referred to as Lucy’s Rumba and has inspired everything from Christmas Ornaments to Postcards. In honor of that moment, read a humorous romance.
11. Jitterbug – a type of swing dance, made popular by Cab Calloway’s 1934 recording of “Call of the Jitter Bug” (Jitterbug) and the film “Cab Calloway’s Jitterbug Party”. It actually refers to someone who is high from alcohol or drugs and has “the jitters” as a result. Read a book about a bar tender or someone who works in a bar, a novel that takes place in a bar or that involves alcohol in some significant way or read a book about a recovered alcoholic/ drug addict or that involves an intervention.
12. Polka – a popular folk dance from Eastern Europe. Read a book that takes place in Eastern Europe or where the h/h are descended from Eastern Europeans.
13. March – Marches are associated with soldiers; read a military romance.
14. Jive – Jive is a type of swing dance associated with jazz music. Jive talking is to speak in an exaggerated, teasing, or misleading way. Read a book with an h/h who is in politics or a profession where the truth is exaggerated.
15. Tap dance – Children are often taught how to tap at an early age. Read a book where the h/h are single parents or a book that involves a pregnancy in some way.
16. Ballet – Ballets often tell epic stories. Read an epic romance or a book with high drama.
17. Break dancing – Athletic style of street dancing. Read a book about an h/h who are into sports.
18. Electric boogaloo- a funk style of hip hop dance closely related to popping. African American pop culture has given us many, many different dances of which this is just one. Read a book with an h/h who are African American.
19. Moonwalk – dance move in which the dancer moves backwards while seemingly walking forwards. Read a science fiction or fantasy book.
20. Rain Dance – many Native American dances involved evoking blessings. Read a novel with a Native American character or a book that significantly involves a weather event (flood, fire etc.)
21. Hokey Pokey – One of the earliest dances most Americans learn, often used in schools for indoor play or gym class. Read a novel about a teacher or someone who works in education.
22. Macarena – This fun song/dance deals with a cheating girlfriend. Read a book that has a cheating plot or where the h/h had a cheating previous partner.
23. Bharatanatyam – a classical dance from the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, practiced predominantly in modern times by women. Read a novel that takes place in India.
24. Belly dancing – associated with the Middle East. Read a novel set in the Middle East or with Middle Eastern characters.
25. Charleston – This extremely popular dance type was popularized by famous tune called “The Charleston” by composer and pianist James P. Johnson. Read a book that takes place in the American South, where Charleston is located.
26. Merengue – a type of lively, joyful music and dance that comes from the Dominican Republic. Merengue means whipped egg whites and sugar in Spanish, similar to the English word meringue. Read a book that involves a baker or cook.
27. Flash dance – a form of tap dance that evolved in the 1920s–1930s, which combined dance with acrobatics. Read a book that takes place in a short span of time.
28. Long Dance- Native American Dance celebration held on California’s Central Coast in San Luis Obispo County. Read a book that is 400+ pages or a book that covers a long time period (over a year). Or a book that has two separate time line stories like many S. Brockman novels or Suzanna Kearsley or Simone St. James books.
29. Monster Mash – The song is narrated by a mad scientist whose monster, late one evening, rises from a slab to perform a new dance. The dance becomes “the hit of the land” when the scientist throws a party for other monsters. Read a paranormal romance.
30. Highland Fling – a solo Highland dance that gained popularity in the early 19th century. Read a Scottish romance.
31. Angle Dance – A Robert Plant song/lullaby. Read an Inspirational romance.
32. Mambo Italiano- In the movie by this name a young Canadian Immigrant struggles to find a way to tell his parents he is gay. Read a LGBTQ romance.
33. Mambo Number Five – Lou Bega’s song and dance is all about switching partners. Read a book that involves second chance at love or a ménage/multi-partner romance.
34. Twist – Chuck Berry invited us to twist the night away, a dance that involves the feet grinding back and forth on the floor. Sounds easy but like the hula-hoop this can be hard to master. Read a book which involves a surprising plot twist, such as where the heroine thinks the hero guilty of a crime.
35. The Chicken (Funky Chicken) – a popular rhythm and blues dance started in America in the 1950s, in which the dancers flapped their arms and kicked back their feet in an imitation of a chicken. Chicken soup is what we give those who are ill. Read a medical romance.
36. “The Time Warp” – a song featured in the 1973 rock musical The Rocky Horror Show and in its 1975 film adaptation The Rocky Horror Picture Show, as well as a dance performed during the chorus of the song. Read a time travel romance.
37. River Dance – the dance sensation that swept a nation, this is an Irish folk dance. Read an Irish romance.
38. Bolero – one of the competition dances in American Rhythm ballroom dance category. Read a book about a bet or some other type of competition (i.e. The Hating Game – two characters vying for the same job).
39. Cha-Cha (Cha-Cha-Cha) “Optimist: Someone who figures that taking a step backward
after taking a step forward is not a disaster, it’s a cha-cha.” Robert Brault Read a romance with a Pollyanna type character or read a book where the h/h are forced to return home for some reason.
40. Read a book with a dance word in the title, such as Pamela Morsi’s Last Dance at Jitterbug Lounge or a book with a dancing couple on the cover.
41. Free style – Whatever book you want.