Ballroom Dancing At Events by Bear Holt

April 8, 2008 by Mobile Beat Staff Writer

Ballroom dancing is by definition a style of dancing that confirm to certain steps or a step pattern (called Syllabus) that is approved by the National Dance Council Of America (NCDA) governing body. It is to be performed on a floor that is a minimum of 45 feet wide by 84 feet long. Songs with the approved Beats Per Minute are to be played. Get real…we are not looking to DJ a competition, we just want to have some fun.Unfortunately, you will find that some of the serious Ballroom Dancers expect the above treatment. If you get one of these, tell them you have no strict tempo music and that will keep stop the requests. What a DJ can do for Ballroom dancing is play some songs that have the right beat or very close to what the “Social Ballroom Dancer” can enjoy and dance to without throwing off the rest of the crowd. Many people, and more every day, are taking beginning Ballroom lessons and want to find a variety of music they can dance to. At the bottom of this article you will find a list of songs that have the Ballroom Beat. Copy it and keep it with you. When people come up and ask, “Do you have any Ballroom?”, you can tell them that although you don’t have strict tempo music but if they tell you what dance they want to do you can play something with the proper beat. Some current popular dance styles include Ballroom Waltz (slow), Viennese Waltz (fast), Foxtrot, Swing, Rhumba, Cha Cha Cha, Mambo, Merengue, West Coast Swing, Quickstep, and theTango. Most Ballroom dancers also like the Greek Dance (Never on Sunday – Instrumental for a line dance).

I do many weddings and find more and more people are coming up and asking for “Ballroom Music.” I developed this list so that you, as the DJ, could just smile and say you have songs to match Ballroom Beats, put them on and the “non-dancing” public will never know they are listening to a Ballroom tune.

I also would recommend to any DJ that he/she take a few Ballroom lessons. One of my most popular acts at weddings is to get some of the older, single Aunts, Grandmothers etc. out on the dance floor doing a Foxtrot. The B&G love it and that is who you want impress. I would recommend one CD called Superior Dancing Vol 2. Any music store can order it for you and it is a great compilation. This CD will fit into most any request category as well.

I hope this article and list helps you DJ more comfortably, it really is fun to have a stranger come up and think they are going to be educating the DJ only to find the DJ knows just what they want. It will raise your image in their eyes and enhance your reputation.


A House with No Curtains – Alan Jackson
Could I Have This Dance – Ann Murray
I’s Love Her All Over Again – Alan Jackson
Lonely Waltz – Mavericks
Pocket Full of Gold – Vince Gill
A Lover’s Prayer – Dion & Belmonts
Burning Bridges – Jack Scott
Disney Girls – Captain & Tennille
Funny Familiar Forgotten Feelings – Engelbert Humperdinck
I Can’t See Me Without You – Conway Twitty
I Went To Your Wedding – Patti Page
Love Letters – Ketty Lester
My True Love – Jack Scott
Pretty Paper – Roy Orbinson
Rock & Roll Waltz – Kay Starr
There Goes My Everything – Engelbert Humperdinck
Everybody has a Dream – Billy Joel
Take It To The Limit – Eagles (Great one)

Viennese Waltz

Strawberry Wine Dena Carter
El Paso Marty Robbins
Husbands & Wives Roger Miller
Promise Her Anything Tom Jones
Beautiful Story Sonny & Cher
Catch The Wind Donovan
Delilah Tom Jones
Games People Play Joe South
I Cried A Tear LaVern Baker (a Great One with strong beat)
If You Gotta Make A Fool of Someone Heuy Lewis & The News
Norwegin Wood Beatles
Scarborough Fair Simon & Garfunkel


King Of The Road Roger Miller
Stay Out of My Arms George Strait
Sunday Morning Coming Down Johnny Cash
Beyond The Sea Bobby Darin
Circulate Neil Sedaka
Get Your Kicks on Route 66 Four Freshmen
Grapefruit-Jucyfruit Jimmy Buffett
Just Friends Ace Cannon
Last Song Edward Bear
Just Walkin’ In The Rain Johnny Ray (George Benson’s Version is better if you can get away with it)
Little children Billy Cramer
Mack The Knife Bobby Darin
NObody But You Dee Clark
Red Roses for A Blue Lady Vic Dana
There Goes My Baby Drifters
White Sportcoat Marty Robbins (Good One)
You Always Hurt The One You Love Henry Frogman
Oh Babe What Would You Say Hurricane Smith
Release Me Engelbert Humperdinck
A Wink and A smile Harry Connick Jr.


Crazy baby Rodney Crowell
The Race Is On Sawyer Brown
Mr Sandman Cordettes
Summer In the City Lovin Spoonful


How Was I to Know John Michael Montgomery
My Girl Alabama
Sunshine Kenny Rogers
The Chair George Strait
There Goes My Baby Trisha Yearwood
To Be With You Mavericks
A groovy Kind Of Love Wayne Fontana
A Summer Song Chad & Jeremy
And I Love Her Beatles
Baby It’s You Shirelles
As Tears Go By Rolling Stones
Blue Bayou Roy Orbinson
Drift Away Dobie Gray
Goin Out Of My HEad Little Anthony
I Want you Near Me Tina Turner
It’s Now Or Never Elvis (Good One)
Let’s Get It On Marvin Gaye
My Cherie Amour Steve Wonder
Rain Drops Dee Clark (good one)
Stormy Dennis Yost
Under The Boardwalk Drifters
Young Girl Gary Puckett
Come Monday Jimmy Buffett
Beat Of My Love Eagles
Declaration Of Love Celiene Dion
Slow Hand Pointer Sisters
To The Moon & Back Savage Garden
Waiting For A Girl Like You Foreigner

Cha Cha

Brand New Man Brooks & Dunn
Five OClock World Hal Ketchum
Friends In Low Places Garth Brooks
That Don’t Impress Me Much Shania Twain
A Hard Days Night Beatles
Ain’t To Proud To Beg Temptations
Chain Of fools Aretha franklin
Dance With Me Drifters
Deep Purple Nino Tempo
Do Wah Diddy Diddy Manfried Mann
Everybody Loves To Cha Cha Cha Sam Cooke
Gimme Little Sign Brenton Wood
I Know Barbara George
Knock Three Times Tony Orlando
Loco Motion Little Eva
Oh Carol Neil Sedaka
You Have Your Troubles Fortunes

West Coast Swing

In the Midnight Hour Razzy Bailey
I Feel Lucky Mary Chapin Carpenter
One Night At A Time Geroge Strait
Mother In Law Heuy Lewis or Ernie K Doe
Blue Monday Fats Domino
Duke Of Earl Gene Chandler
Game Of Love Wayne fontana
Mustang Sally Wilson Pickett
Joy To the World Three Dog Night
Maggie May Rod Stewart
Searching For My Love Huey Lewis & News
Wishlist Pearl Jam
I’m Not Made of Steel Michael Bolton
Let Me Down Easy Cher


Melbourne Mambo Mavericks
Papa Loves Mambo Perru Como
Tequilla Champs
Bolero (this is a slow rumba)
Lasso The Moon Gary Morris
Nobody Knows Kevin Sharp
Cryin In The Rain Everly Brothers
Heaven On Earth Platters
Because You Loved Me Celine Dion
Said I Loved You I Lied Michael Bolton


In the Summer Time Mongo Jerry
Concrete & Clay Unit 4+2
The young New Mexican Puppeteer Tom Jones


Hot Hot Hot Xaviar Cougat
Wolly Bully Sam The Sham & Pharohs
You Can Call Me Al Paul Simon
La Bamba Los Lobos

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This is the general editors account for Mobile Beat Magazine and Website. Who reads Mobile Beat online and in print and attends Mobile Beat events? DJs, VJs and KJs to start with, especially those who own and operate mobile entertainment services. They provide music, video, lighting and a myriad other entertainment choices for corporate events, wedding receptions, dances and innumerable other gatherings.

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