Dance Style Song Lists
Last Updated: February 21, 2023 | Written by Matthew Campbell (Editor of My Wedding Songs and wedding DJ)
Are you thinking that all ballroom dance styles are set to stuffy music? Don’t rule out the waltz or cha-cha because of that bias. Just like any type of dance, ballroom dances can be set to any genre of music — as long as the timing is right.
This page is dedicated to ballroom song lists for your favorite style of dance. Whether you like R&B, Country, Pop, or Rock you can find a dance style for your genre of music. Find song lists for the lindy hop, swing, cha-cha, nightclub two-step, and more!
You shouldn’t underestimate the importance of dance at your wedding. Very special moments are built around the first dance between the bride and groom, the dance between father and bride, and even line dances that involve everyone. It is, therefore, important to work with your wedding DJ to accommodate several wedding dance styles — including ballroom dance.
Are All Ballroom Dance Styles the Same?
The difference between ballroom dance styles is vast. Choosing the appropriate style is connected to choosing the right music where both style and music need to fit the moment. For example, waltzes work very well for spotlight dances while cha-cha and two-step styles are suitable for larger groups.
Tempo is one of the primary factors that help distinguish wedding dance styles. The lively upbeat songs that are used at a wedding reception generally involve all the guests. Slower tempos are the songs reserved for the moments when all eyes are on the bride and groom.
The other determining factor in choosing a ballroom dance is the song’s time signature. Tempo is how fast a beat is; time signatures dictate style. Most waltzes are done in ¾ time — you probably remember people counting out loud: “one, two, three, one, two, three.” If you choose a standard 4/4 song (most rock) the Walz simply won’t work. Your private dance tutor can help with this.
Appropriate Use of Wedding Dance Styles
It’s possible to structure the wedding reception by dance styles. The styles that you choose can help to create an ebb and flow. They can also lead your guests from one part of the festivities to another.
Wedding planners account for fast and slow dance styles to set up moments like celebratory toasts and cake cutting. The right DJ will work with a wedding planner to take the mood up to a high pitch and then bring it back down when the more solemn wedding reception moments occur.
You should also consider that guests need an occasional break from the fast tempo of some wedding dance styles. An endless stream of fast dance tunes is going to tire your guests, and it may cause some of them to leave early.
It’s all about the balance between the different styles. When you combine that balance with an emotional tide that is crafted by song lyrics, the result is a great time for everyone. This is where a professional DJ is your BFF.
Wedding Dance Styles for All Eras
Another important thing to remember is that wedding dance styles vary according to era. Your wedding will welcome guests from many age groups. So include appropriate dance styles for your older guests as well as the young people. Don’t leave anyone out and then everyone will be happy.