Here is a sample video taken from the University of Washington School of Law’s Spring Gala held at 415 Westlake in Seattle.
Here the entire set at http://prodjsound.com/dj/dj-set-university-washington-school-laws-spring-gala/
PRO DJs Seattle hosting another college event for the University of Washington and their Midnight Carnival. One of the largest events we DJ all year with 5,000 of our closest friends.
One of the most common events PRO DJ’s provides is entertainment for school’s of all grades. A long time client, Tillicum Middle School in Bellevue, WA had a Blizzard Bonanza Themed dance on 1/11/13 and we were there!
This is year #2 for PRO DJs being part of the Wyndham Vacation Ownership Corporate Holiday Party. Always a lot of fun with a large diverse group. This year the theme was Carnival so per their request we played a mixture of Mardi Gras, Cajun & Zydeco music in the background for dinner. Then during the prize giveaways we added extra excitement by playing drum roll effects & fun upbeat music for each winner as they walked up to the stage to claim their prize. Later in an adjacent room they had casino games, rock band, Xbox Kinects and a photographer while we kept them dancing to music from the 50s until now.
Music tastes are subjective so naturally not everyone will be dancing at the same time. Other factors also include the health of your guests and if it’s more important to catch up with old friends/family members than dance.
A good DJ is aware of all these factors and can continually read the crowd for signs of what is working and things that are not. A DJ should never try to force people to dance, this will only make your guests uncomfortable. A great performer is someone who gives a lot of opportunities for guests to enjoy themselves without putting them on the spot.
All parties are different, if you’re having a wedding playing a wide variety of mass appeal songs is key. Start with the older songs earlier in the evening and get newer as the night gets older. If you’re having a sweet 16 then most likely most of the music will be new and targeted for that age group so the DJ must have ALL the hits! If a public function then the DJ would need to be aware of the demographics and what songs may be inappropriate to play. If a Bar or Bat Mitzvah then have some Jewish songs on hand to mix in with music for the adults as well as popular hits for the kids.
The point is, not everyone will dance at the same time for one or more of the reasons listed above. A great DJ will know these things and will make sure that everyone hears something they like throughout the evening and not leave anyone out. It’s OK for people to take a break, grab a drink and socialize as long as that’s not all they are doing! 🙂