The size and location of both the dance floor and the band’s performance area are key factors in a successful dance party with fun live music. I am always happy to walk through your venue with you to fine tune these details. In the meantime, here are a few tips and guidelines to help prepare for a great night of dancing:
- The dance floor should be located as close as possible to the band to encourage dancing and interaction between the band and your guests. Believe it or not, I’ve seen parties that put the band in a different room than the dance floor. Not many folks danced at these parties!
- Ideally the dance floor is twice as big as the performance area. With the right band for your party there will be more people dancing than musicians performing on stage!
- Most bands need a performance space or stage that is at least 20 feet wide by 16 feet deep. If your venue has a built in stage, great! If not, and you don’t want to rent a stage, all of the bands I work with are happy to perform on the floor. Leave about 12 feet from the back wall to the dance floor to give the band plenty of room to set up.
- If you do want to build a stage, then I recommend a 1 foot stage height for parties with less than 500 people. If the guest count is over 500 the stage height should be a bit taller to increase visibility and fit the dimensions of the room. These heights keep the band closer to the dancers which adds more energy to the party.
- Ideally the band will be located within 20 feet of power outlets.
- How much power do you need for the band? The vast majority of bands I represent will need no more than 4 dedicated, 20 amp circuits. This is a fancy way of saying standard wall outlets that are not being used by anyone except the band. As long as the band does not have to share a circuit with a margarita machine or coffee maker, this will be plenty of power.
See you on the dance floor,