Do You Wanna Dance?

Posted by Dave

If your goal is an event where everybody dances, all the time, here are some tips:

1. A big dance floor (subliminally) tells your guests you hope they will dance. Conversely, 100 guests in a room with a 12′X12′ dance floor (subliminally) tells them you aren’t expecting this crowd to boogie.

2. If you are the host or guest of honor, and you want the crowd to dance, don’t tell them – show them. Get a few of your closest friends or family members to help you “prime the pump.” Dance early, and dance often.

3. Speaking of dancing early, the sooner you inaugurate the dance floor, the sooner others will follow. At a typical four-hour event, waiting until after cocktails and dinner to begin the dancing means that your party will be half-finished before the first dance. This is a waste of space (the dance floor), time, and good music. Consider having a dance or two between each course of your dinner. The party will then flow naturally from dining to dancing.

4. It’s your party, but you want every guest, of every age, to have a good time. So plan for both your musical selections and the music volume to be appropriate for your entire crowd. If you have a wide age range present, play the vintage songs first, and keep the volume where it will be comfortable for your older guests. They tend to be the first ones to go home. As the party transitions from dinner to dance, you can begin to work in newer and hipper tunes, played at a higher volume.

5. Finally, if you really want everyone to dance, avoid these no-no’s at your event which tend to decimate the pool of dancers:
a.) Cigars. A guy who steps out to smoke a cigarette will be back in 5 minutes. A group of guys with their “El Stinko Grande” cee-gars may never be seen on the dance floor again.
b.) TVs showing sporting events. Again, many of the guys (and some of the ladies as well) will be elsewhere, when you wanted them on the dance floor.
c.) Too much light on the dance floor. The dancing area doesn’t have to be pitch dark, but an over abundance of light tends to diminish the number of dancers. And finally,
d.) Un-danceable music. Some songs are beautifully composed and have thought-provoking lyrics, but don’t have a beat that gets people up out of their chairs and onto the dance floor. As much as possible, stick with familiar songs that scream, “LET’S DANCE!”

(At least, they scream it – subliminally.)


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