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Great Holiday Dance Music Tips by Edwin Cabrera

Great Holiday Dance Music and Tips by

Edwin Cabrera

With Thanksgiving well behind us, you know what that means: Hanukkah starts in less than a week, Christmas is in fewer than 16 days, and the shopping, gift giving, traveling, eating, and parties are in full swing! With the onset of holiday parties, you must be wondering what songs are great for both listening and dancing AND what dances you can use for your favorite holiday tunes. Finding great holiday music that you can also dance to can be time-consuming and at times frustrating, especially if you don’t know where to look. Here’s a list of some great tunes for dancing, sorted by appropriate dances, alphabetically:

 

Bolero

“Something About December” by Christina Perri

“Merry Christmas Darling” by Christina Perri

Cha Cha

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” by Billy May

“Winter Wonderland” by Tina Robin

Foxtrot

“(Everybody’s Waitin’ For) The Man with the Bag” by Kay Starr

“Winter Wonderland” by Peggy Lee

“White Christmas” by The Drifters

“I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm” by Dean Martin

“Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” By Dean Martin

Mambo

“Mistletoe Mambo” by Swingerhead

“Frosty the Snowman” by The Ventures

Rumba

“Donde Esta Santa Claus” by Augie Rios

“Christmas Kisses” by Ray Anthony

“Wrapped In Red” by Kelly Clarkson

“Last Christmas” by Wham!

Salsa

“Jingle Bells” by Jose Feliciano

 

Samba

“Christmas Wrapping” by The Waitresses

Swing

“I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” by John Mellencamp

“Run Rudolph Run” by Bryan Adams

“Jingle Bell Rock” by Neil Diamond

“Merry Christmas, Baby” by The Beach Boys

“Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” by Brenda Lee

Tango

“Kidnap The Sandy Claws” from Nightmare Before Christmas

“You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” from How The Grinch Stole Christmas

Viennese Waltz

“We Wish You A Merry Christmas” by Gary Hoey

Waltz

“Silent Night” by Glenn Miller Orchestra

“Silver Bells” by Neil Diamond

“Greensleeves (What Child is This?)” by Mitch Miller

West Coast Swing

“This Christmas” by Cee Lo Green

We all know that a great “Party Playlist” can make or break your party but here are a few other tips to keep you and your guests happy.

1)     If you can fade your music, make sure that each song lasts for no more than 2 minutes. Everyone loves to dance to “Rockin’ around the Christmas Tree,” but after a few eggnogs and Christmas ham, even 2 minutes can seem like a lot!

2)     Ugly Christmas sweaters are great around the holidays, but with all the dancing you will be doing, make sure that you have an alternative when you start heating up.

3)     Spread out your dancing before and after dinner, especially after cocktails. It usually seems to take a little “courage juice” to get up on that floor when no one else is dancing.

4)     With that said, do not be afraid to be the first ones on the floor. Sometimes opening up the floor shows everyone that you know what you are doing! It’s also great advertising for you (and for us ☺).

5)     Don’t be afraid to dance with someone better (or less experienced) than you are. They will appreciate being able to dance with someone else, and so will you! You will be able to practice your patterns, technique, and patience while getting to chat with a coworker or a new friend.

6)     We are in modern times, so ladies, please feel free to ask a gentleman to dance. Ladies like to be swept off their feet, but sometimes you have to go get the “sweeper” yourself. Good dancing men are in short supply, as you well know (commercial: bring a man in and let him enjoy our guest referral program; inquire at your local studio).

Finally, don’t forget that the studio always has an event or a party where you can practice your smooth moves and your holiday dance etiquette. We have our Ugly Sweater Party on December the 19th, which you cannot miss!

There it is, folks! I hope this list helps make your Holiday parties extra special. Happy Holidays from Arthur Murray Thousand Oaks and Woodland Hills!

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