Dance Floor Size Does Matter
You often get different opinions about how big a dance floor should be. What should YOU know about the size of the dance floor when considering a location?
I can’t subsidize my comments here with concrete facts nor can I provide you with reassurance of an education that relates to this topic. I can tell you that after providing the entertainment at over 2000 events, I have seen a few dance floors. I have seen big, small, wood, tile, marble, permanent, mobile, dry, wet, oval, square, long, raised, moving, and more. I have been on the dance floor and off, set up to the left, right, center and catty-cornered; I’ve been set up on a stage and under a stage. (BUT never in the middle of a dance floor… hmmm?). I have been at places with a dance floor just once, and I have been at locations with a hundred times. I have been to places that changed and/or moved the dance floor and I’ve experienced the effects of it all. My point is this… if I don’t have enough experience in the field to make a few recommendations, then who does? Keep in mind that there are few other professionals that care about the dance floor as much as your entertainment. Also, If I might say so myself, there are few DJ’s that care about the dance floor as much as I.
Some of the factors that will need to be considered are as follows:
The number of guests
The makeup of guests (ie age, family or friends, associates, etc)
Maximum Capacity of room (with and/or without a dance floor)
Type of Dance floor (hard wood, marble, permanent, etc)
Lighting in the Room (this is very important)
Importance of Dancing at your event.
Location of DJ/Band in relation to the room’s set up.
Now, don’t get frustrated with all of these considerations. Basically, your gut feeling should do you just fine as long as you trust that bigger is not always better. Most of the time a big dance floor is not as good as a smaller dance floor. (Assuming that dancing is important to you) In other words, you may be better off having a packed dance floor, having everyone feel a little crowded and interacting with each other than having your guest swim on a big floor. The argument that you want people to have space and not be crowded is only valid for certain circumstance.
Let’s briefly address a couple of the above considerations. First, ceiling height. The lower the ceilings, the better the dancing will be. I am not suggesting that the ceiling hight is a direct influence on your guests desire to dance, but it will make things more intimate and it will make it appear as if there is more going on than if the ceilings are high. With low ceilings, the focus is taken away from the dance floor a bit, which can only motivate those on the edge of gettin’ loose. Second, the location of the entertainment. I will elaborate on this topic in the future but as a general rule, the closer to the dancfloor the entertainment is, the better. The larger the dance floor, the more acceptable it is to be further away. (proportionately)
On Stage at The Waldorf: If dancing were the highlight of this event, I would have suggested being on the ground with the guests.
The only issue with this topic is that there is no definitive formula that can be used to realize how the dance floor can effect your event. I am not forgetting that for some, dancing is not the most important part of their event. For some people, having no dance floor at all may be the best choice. Ultimately, you will have to consider your vision, evaluate your venue(s), and make a judgment call. Of coarse, you can always write to me with some of your specs for an honest, professional opinion.