KEEP YOUR DANCE FLOOR PACKED
Everyone wants to have their dance floor packed until the very end of the night. What characteristics should your band or DJ have in order to accomplish this and it there anything you can do to help ensure your crowd stays up on their feet?
There should be no pause between songs- otherwise, people tend to either start leaving the dance floor or they become more critical of what is coming next. When one song flows smoothly into the next it keeps most people where they are and their energy rarely wanes. Ask whether or not your entertainment will work in this manner. Placement and sequence of songs is another important factor: when to play the right song and at the right time. This well-honored skill takes years of experience to develop. It is not enough to simply play all your requests and the band or DJ's selections at any given moment. They need to be able to "read the crowd" and take the room on an emotional journey that constantly builds to the end of the night. My acts never show up with a fully developed and final set list. Being flexible and reading the crowd to determine what to play and when is crucial. With the band, lead singers must be the type of professionals who fully understand why they are there, which is to help desire to engage and connect with your guests. It is their responsibility to set a tone for the entire crowd that is positive, energetic, and joyful. Your entertainment needs to address the several generations of guests who grew up with a completely different set of musical styles. They must play something for everyone yet at the same time have it crossover so that each person can enjoy every moment. Older music (such as standards by Sinatra, Motown, etc.) should be played earlier in the night saving most of the party songs for later in the night when the crowd is more loosened up. The same goes for current Top 40 hits. Some should be sprinkled in early in the night to let the crowd know that more is coming, but most should be saved for later to really take your party over the top. Pre-planning is a must. It is more than just about song requests. Ask your band leader or DJ to give input into your event timeline. Entertainment professionals should use their carefully developed expertise to know how the timing will flow. When the doors open to your reception, have your entertainment play upbeat dance music to set the tone, letting your guests know this is going to be an exciting party! Consider dancing between courses to keep the party atmosphere going and not lose too much energy unless the meal is in a different location from the dancing. Your entertainers are in a unique and powerful position to positively influence the outcome of your party. The key is to heighten the celebratory experience, filling the dance floor, and creating memories for a lifetime!