How to DJ a Kids School Dance

Recently, I was booked as the DJ at a daddy/daughter school dance for ages k-8th grade. Admittedly, I had never done a daddy/daughter dance so naturally, I googled, "How to DJ a kids school dance"-hence the title of this post. I wasn't surprised that the info out there was either 1. outdated or 2. super lame and if I followed their track list or suggestions, I'd never get booked again. As a DJ, we take pride in crafting our library and song selection and no party ever really is the same or the same songs should be played so taking that into consideration, I will share below my experience and the set list of songs I played during the night.

The dance from 6:30-8:30 and there was not a set agenda or plan by the coordinator so we had 2 hours to fill with music and games. Yes, games. Not only will the games provide some fun and entertainment but also will take up some time. We only had time for 2 games but here is a short list of what I came up with:

1. Hula hoop contest. Break it down by age groups and choose a winner from each group and call all the winners out at the end and have a final competition.

2. Limbo dance.

3. Dad dance-off: have the kids make a circle in the middle of the dance floor and call the dads out to come in the middle and show off their best moves.

4. Musical chairs. Depends on the size of the group, this could get a little wild.

5. Train song: choose a song and call out to start a train and try to get as many people to join.

6. Freeze dance: Pause the music and have people freeze where they are.

7. Play Mr Roboto and have everyone do their best robot dance.

8. Air guitar contest: have the dads dance at once doing their best air guitar and then choose the top 3 and make a circle around them to have a final dance-off.

There you have it, that's enough games to fill as much time as needed. Call them cheesy but for kids, this is a hit and as a DJ, you'll spend less time looking for that next track and more time playing out a track while the kids have fun.

In conclusion, I"ll include my entire set list that I played that night. I prepared a list beforehand of about 90 tracks that I "would play" based on the vibe and I ended up playing around 45 tracks total.

PRO TIP: this demographic, (young girls) will be request-crazy so be prepared for that. Have a pen and notebook there and show them that you heard their request because I promise you it will get overwhelming with this age range. Most stuff they requested is what I had planned on playing anyways but I was surprised to hear what some of them were requesting--both old and new tracks.

Check out the list below. This isn't the order I played them in, just what was highlighted in Rekordbox at the end of the night.

1. Rolex AYO & TEO

2. Shake it off Taylor Swift

3. High Hopes Panic! At the disco

4. Teach me how to dougie Cali Swag District

5. Sit Still look pretty Daya

6. Boom Clap Charli XCX

7. Wobble Baby V.I.C.

8. Natural Imagine Dragons

9. Feels Calvin Harris

10. Stayin Alive Bee Gees

11. This is how we do it Montell Jordan

12. Let’s get it started The Black Eyed Peas

13. Yeah Usher

14. 24K Magic Bruno Mars

15. Jump around (goodfellas twerk bootleg) House of Pain

16. Gonna Make you Sweat: C&C Music Factory

17. Uptown Funk Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars

18. Baby Shark

19. New Rules Dua Lipa

20. Blurred Lines Robin Thicke

21. Just Dance Lady Gaga

22. Cha Cha Slide Mr. C

23. Wann be startin something Michael Jackson

24. Promises Calvin Harris Sam Smith

25. Firework Katy Perry

26. Twist and Shout (party bangaz remix)

27. Suavemente Elvis Crespo

28. Starships Nicki Minaj

29. Cupid Shuffle

30. September Earth Wind & Fire

31. Don’t stop the Party Pitbull

32. Hello Martin Solveig

33. Look what you made me do Taylor Swift

34. You spin me around Dead or Alive

35. Gangnam Style PSY

36. PPAP Pen Pineapple Apple Pen

37. Humble Kendrick Lamar

38. C’mon n ride it

39. Whoop there it is

40. Hollywood swinging Kool & the gang

41. Lets groove tonight Earth Wind and Fire

42. Hollywood Michael Buble

43. Thinking out loud Ed Sheeran

44. All of me John Legend

45. Ordinary People John Legend (opened with this)

Got to give it up Marvin Gaye

If you are looking for a DJ in the Northern California region, contact me and let's have some fun.

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