Parents and kids twist and shout 

Appealing primarily to San Francisco parents who appear more punk than PTA, a new rock ’n’ roll dance party for tots, tweens, teens and parents teaches the kids of today the dance crazes of yesterday.

Pip Squeak A-Go-Go, a kid-friendly party begun by Baby Doe, artistic director of go-go dance troupe the Devil-Ettes, is a three-plus hour dance party that features performances by live bands and lessons in the Twist, Cherry Bomb and Pony, among other dance steps.

For hip parents, the event provides them a chance to simultaneously relive their youth, teach dance moves to their children and check out an interesting day care venue.

"We actually care about teaching the dances, these long-forgotten dances," said Doe, a mother of two.

With an $8 admission price, the event is easy on a parent’s budget. Parents even get a Baby Buck with the price of admission good for $1 off any drink at the bar.

For the kiddies, juice boxes are priced at $1, as are the bar snacks (baggies of dried bananas, raisins and nuts). Fruit is free.

A private baby-changing station area is provided as well as a large "Mama Couch" reserved for breast-feeding or for those who are just plain exhausted. Local vendors at the venue will sell handcrafted diaperbags, bibs and clothing.

On a recent Saturday, Doe held her first Pip Squeak event of the year at the Rickshaw Stop in Hayes Valley.

On stage, three costumed Devil-Ettes kicked up some beats as a bevy of children began to learn The Swim. Between lessons, The Time Outs, the side project for San Francisco’s The Amazing Embarassonics, played such high-octane jams as "It’s Party Time, It’s Bath Time."

Pip Squeak A-Go-Go could be mistaken for another hip event for The City’s edgy set, though many parents are quick to say that it’s certainly not the draw.

"It’s a little bit of an alterna-crowd who would never call themselves alternative," said Melanie Cybulski-Swanson-Brooks, who brought her 9-month-old son, Wyatt, to the event.

San Francisco resident Ella Vold and her husband brought their 18-month-old son to the party.

Their son might be too young to partake in the event’s lesson portion, but "he also just enjoys going crazy with the other kids," Vold said.

Doe plans on holding the dance party three times a year. The next two are scheduled for July and November.

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