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D.J. & Music Selection Tips for the Next Dance

Posted by Stumps Spirit on October 23, 2010

Has your dance committee decided to hire a D.J. for your next dance? Here are a few tips for selecting the professional and the music.

Where to Start Looking for a D.J.
• Phone book (look under Disc Jockey in the yellow pages)
• Entertainment agencies
• Call other schools for references
• Friends or relatives
• D.J.s that you’ve heard in the past
• Search the web

Key Points to Remember About Hiring a D.J.
• Start early
• Call references (people who have used them previously)
• Stop by a performance to hear them live
• Ask about travel charges, rate per hour and rate for overtime
• Ask about breaks: How many breaks and how long? Long breaks can kill the mood.

When telling a DJ what types of music you will want, it’s great to make some selections based on the party theme, but otherwise try to keep all tastes in mind. Poll students and ask them for music lists. Try to have something for all groups. In general, keep to the mainstream music that won’t offend anyone and will keep students on their feet.

Sources for Tracking Down the Best Music for Your Dance
• Billboard Online: View the top 100 singles for this week from Billboard Music Group.
• CDnow: The world’s largest music store.
• VH1: A great source for romantic and retro songs.
• MTV: Find the hottest songs and theme ideas here.
• iTunes: Great for finding up-to-date lists of the most popular music by genre.

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