If you have read about me and know a bit of my history as a DJ & MC, you know that I have been part of thousands of events; hundreds of weddings over the years, lots of birthdays, school dances, etc. But nothing gets me emotional like a Daddy Daughter Dance.
I always have a few on the books this time of year and since I have girls of my own, they always have a special meaning for me. This past week, I was so excited to be a part of Life Time Fitness – Plano and their annual Daddy Daughter event.
Many DJ’s advertise that they never play certain songs or that if you are a DJ who does play them then you must be a real dud. I disagree. With the exception of songs that contain swear words or are offensive in some way, I believe that a quality DJ must be able to keep as many tricks up his sleeve as possible in order to play to the audience that is being entertained. In the case of this weekend’s dance, it was mainly girls from 6 – 10 years old.
This requires an extra degree of care, patience and understanding of how children react to certain songs. Do they know the song? Are the music & lyrics appropriate to the age group? Can a simple dance be instructed or modified for younger kids? Does the music also have special meaning to the fathers at the event? Are little girls in dresses, heels, and tiaras able to have fun and still act like little princesses?
It may be a lot to think about, but when you have hundreds of people asking you as the disc jockey to help create an atmosphere that will be a life-long memory, I want all of my options available. This is why you will hear all-time classics at this type of dance that you would rarely hear at a wedding or party for people in their teens and older. Some DJ’s are terrified of being perceived as “cheesy” – I say they should be more concerned with whether or not their guests had a fantastic time filled with once-in-a-lifetime moments. Never confuse “cheese” with a DJ & MC who aims to please. ;^)