Swing djing: shaping the floor ~ Swing, jazz and blues - Dance to the music

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Swing djing: shaping the floor

Swing dj Jonas Pettersson at Cats Corner. Copyright: Henrik Eriksson (henrik@floyfloy.se). The photo may not be published elsewhere without written permission.

To shape the floor is to look at dance floor and see what mood and energy is and deciding in what direction to go. Faster or slower tempo? Big band or small group? Older or modern recording? Vocal or instrumental? Experienced or inexperienced dancers? Crowded floor or lots of space? Which people are dancing together? Theme of the night? Face of the moon?

You as a dj shapes the floor, the dancers respond and you adjust. What would be a good song right now and in what direction will it take us?

It's almost like a dance itself, the dj provides a lead: "Lets try this move (song)" and the crowd follows "Cool, and look at what extra styling I just added to the move". "Yeah! Ok, then you'll probably like this next move"

The photo above is from last night at Cats Corner where Jonas Pettersson djed.

The photo is taken by me and may not be published elsewhere without my permission. Contact me if you want to buy or license it.

What do you think of last night at Cats Corner? Please comment.

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