Westview Dance Club Music

Music is a very personal and subjective thing. Songs have different ways of calling out to us. Interpretation of music through dance is also a very personal and subjective means of expression. No song means the same thing to everyone and we all need to respect that. For example, it is possible to dance a foxtrot, hustle/single swing, triple swing, rumba, cha cha or even a tango to the same song if the music calls out to you that way. Stylistically, it may be “different” but that doesn’t make it “wrong”. It can be an interesting exercise in dance floor etiquette but it also can be a wondrous sight to behold as you glide around the dance floor. Finding the right balance between the varying musical tastes and styles of all members is the seemingly dauntless challenge that faces your Music Team whenever a playlist is created for a dance or practice.

The Westview Dance Club Music Team came into being in October of 2013 with the mission of providing challenging music that caters to the wide variety of tastes of the membership. In the short time that we’ve been in existence, we’ve acquired a laptop to digitize, catalogue and store club music, created a music acquisition process to allow us to add to the music library, created some playlists that have been used for practices and dances, and tried to engage the membership in providing song suggestions. All suggestions are welcome and can be submitted to us via e-mail at music@westviewdance.dev.cc or through the feedback form located on the web site. All we ask is that you provide the song title and artist as well as the suggested dance style. We’re looking for music that is both challenging and “danceable” to provide the greatest benefit for everyone. The Team vets all suggestions and purchases are made based on beat, length of song and the need to supplement current genres in our library.

There have been some comments about the playlist differences that you’ll notice between practices and dances so I’ll try to explain the process. In creating a playlist, we use two basic methods.For practices, we create what we call a “static” playlist. This means that the playlist order remains the same. It’s usually two songs of each style of club core dances (ie: Foxtrot, Waltz, Cha Cha, Rumba, Triple Swing, Tango) with single songs of non-core dances (eg: West Coast Swing, Two Step, Viennese, Quick Step, Samba, Mambo, Single Swing/Hustle) thrown in to provide a bit more variety.

For dances, we create what we call a “dynamic” playlist. We pick one of the club core dances as an “anchor” song for the evening and then mix the order up of the songs/dance styles in between until we get to another “anchor” song. The anchor song is linked to the evening’s theme where possible. There are typically 7 songs/dance styles (representing the 5 other core dance styles and 2 non-core dance styles) in between the “anchor” song for each segment. The use of this playlist format is one that might have you thinking that we’ve put “too many (insert dance style here) into the playlist”. There maybe times when you’ll have two songs of the same style with only the “anchor” song style in between.As you can see, creating different and challenging playlists for the benefit of all can be a bit tedious but we enjoy the challenge and derive no greater joy for our efforts than when we see you on the dance floor and hear your comments. Creating the best and most challenging music mix is a trial and error process so please bear with us as we continue our efforts in providing you a first-class dance experience.

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