Last night’s Ballroom Dance Society dance was the annual event where we use prerecorded music. It’s sort of a fundraiser, since we save the cost of a live band, but it’s also a chance to try out some new music (and to dance to an entire evening’s worth of tunes that are never off-rhythm or out-of-tune!).
I had the responsibility of assembling the playlist, which is simultaneously fun and terrifying. Picking music that I think others will enjoy dancing to – and trying to make sure they feel like their money was well spent – is a little intimidating. But we’ve also been dancing long enough now that I think I have a pretty good feel for what will go over and what won’t. Last night’s lineup was well-received, and more people than usual stayed until after the last song. That’s saying something when it involves almost three hours of music with less than ten minutes of break time, total, although I think prerecorded music gives you a chance to sit out a tune here and there if you know that one is coming up that you’ll enjoy more. And everyone did, because we provided the playlist for each table.
A prerecorded playlist also allows you to plan the progression of dances, mixing up the tempos and musical styles so that it doesn’t get boring, and there are some chances to “rest on the floor” with a slower-paced song.
Anyway, if you’re planning your own dance – and why wouldn’t you? – below is what we cut a rug to last night. All of these songs are available via iTunes. The dance step shown for each tune is a suggestion, not a requirement. Some of these songs lend themselves to multiple steps.
|Song Title||Artist||Dance Step|
|I Just Want To Dance With You||George Strait||Cha Cha|
|Pennsylvania 6-5000||Glenn Miller||Swing|
|Brown Eyed Girl||Van Morrison||Rumba|
|My Dream Is You||Suzy Bogguss||Slow|
|Some Kind of Wonderful||Little Milton/Delbert McClinton||Swing|
|You Are The Sunshine Of My Life||Stevie Wonder||Rumba|
|I’ve Got You Under My Skin||Rod Stewart||Foxtrot|
|It’s Now Or Never||Elvis Presley||Cha Cha|
|Moon River||Henry Mancini||Waltz|
|Boy From New York City||Manhattan Transfer||Swing|
|I’ve Got The World On A String||Michael Buble||Foxtrot|
|Old Time Rock And Roll||Bob Seger||Swing|
|Waltz Across Texas||Willie Nelson||Waltz|
|Fly Me To The Moon||Frank Sinatra||Foxtrot|
|Big Bad Handsome Man||Imelda May||Tango|
|In The Mood||Glenn Miller||Swing|
|Kokomo||The Beach Boys||Rumba|
|Mambo Italiano||Ray Gelato||Mambo|
|Beautiful Day For Goodbye||George Straight||Waltz|
|Oye Como Va||Unknown||Cha Cha|
|Route 66||Natalie Cole||Foxtrot|
|La Cumparsita||Alfred Hause Orch||Tango|
|Neon Moon||Brooks & Dunn||Rumba|
|The Best Is Yet To Come||Michael Buble||Foxtrot|
|The Last Waltz||Englebert Humperdinck||Waltz|
|Watermelon Man||Julie London||Swing|
|Oh, Pretty Woman||Roy Orbison||Cha Cha|
|Don’t Stop||Gin Wigmore||Swing|
|If You Don’t Know Me By Now||Teddy Pendergrass||Waltz|
|Jalousie||Alfred Hause Orch||Tango|
|Wild, Wild West||Escape Club||Cha Cha|
|Girl From Ipanema||Big T and the Badda-Bings||Rumba|
|South Side Stomp||Jenai||Swing|
|Forget You||Cee Lo Green||Cha Cha|
|Could I Have This Dance?||Anne Murray||Waltz|
|Stuck On You||Lionel Richie/Darius Rucker||Slow|
|Mack The Knife||Bobby Darin||Foxtrot|
|Spanish Eyes||Al Martino||Rumba|
|Save The Last Dance For Me||Michael Buble||Cha Cha|
Knowing nothing about no ballroom dancing I was eager to read through your playlist. Some really nice tunes in there but I was surprised to see Mustang Sally. Wouldn’t there be a lot of tripping and falling trying to dance to that?
Oh, never mind. I just sampled the Rascals version. I was thinking of the Wilson Pickett version.
What about Proud Mary? You know… the one where everyone dances their tables.
Actually, the consensus is that we should use the Wilson Pickett version of “Mustang Sally” next time, the Rascals arrangement being a bit on the slow side.
“Proud Mary” makes for a mean cha cha. It could appear on a future list.
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