I would love to discuss the fine art of mixing a ballroom dance social. These are some of the key points I am interested in (but am welcome any other suggestions): 1. Mixing smooths, rhythms and Latins for diversity and pacing purposes 2. Integrating new music into the social dance repetoire 3. Any misc tips for organization, etc. The main problem I am having is many of the dancers in this area seem to dance in a type of learned behavior way, meaning, when they hear the song, they know, "Hey, I am supposed to Foxtrot to this." This was discovered recently largely due to my using a pre-recorded mix with many FRENCH versions of familiar ballroom songs, and the dancers stood hugging the walls - They had absolutely no idea what to do until when told. Nat King Cole's "L-O-V-E-" in French left several dancers bewildered - Toward the end of the song many did make it out to dance Fox (only after watching a few other couples attempt it). It was quite bizarre. Upon hearing new music for this crowd (ie. "Low" by Flo Rida) there was mass confusion again. "Do we cha? Do we swing? Oh look, the buffet..." Dancers would cling to the walls. "Chilli Cha Cha" comes on and oh look, the floor is congested. After a while I could sense some frustration and put in a CD of very overplayed (in my opinion) ballroom songs and like magic, the floor was filled. As a DJ, what do you do? Do you continue to play the same songs, over and over again, to keep the dancers happy? Do you have a formula for integrating old into the new to keep things fresh? Do you generate dance cheat sheets so that when a song comes on, the dancer can read it and know what options they have on the next song? I would appreciate any help. There are dancers coming from a multitude of studios and locations. I want to keep them happy but I confess, I'm not sure I can take much more of some of these miserably overplayed tunes. Thank you!