Icebraker games the DJ may play to get your guests involved.
Anniversary/Marriage Countdown Dance All married couples and newlyweds are invited onto the dance floor. The newlyweds are requested to remain on the dance floor throughout the entire dance. Every thirty seconds or so, the D.J. will ask everyone that has been married a year or less to leave the dance floor. Then 5 years, 10 years, etc. This continues to 40 years. Then the D.J. will count “41, 42, 43...” until only the longest-married couple and the newlyweds remain. The D.J. will prompt the crowd to applaud them and ask the older couple to share their secret for a successful marriage over the microphone.
Butterfly Dance This is a fun participation dance where a man takes two women to the dancefloor and dances the Butterfly.
Chicken Dance D.J. asks the guests to form a circle on the dance floor. D.J. starts the Chicken Dance song. The guests then go into the chicken dance routine which includes a dosey-doe. Very popular group participation dance.
Circle Dance with Bride D.J. asks for all the men to form a circle on the dance floor, then asks the bride to go in the middle of the circle. The DJ plays a fun song for all the men to take turns dancing with the bride. The groom is the only man not allowed to dance with the bride. This is a fun participation dance.
Circle Dance with Groom D.J. asks for all the women to form a circle on the dance floor, then asks the groom to go in the middle of the circle. The DJ plays a fun song for all the women to take turns dancing with the groom. The bride is the only woman not allowed to dance with the groom. This is a fun participation dance.
Conga Line D.J. asks for everyone on the dance floor to form a line behind the Bride & Groom with their hands on the waist of the person in front of them. The line goes all around the room and picks up guests and ends up with everyone on the dance floor.
Dollar / Money Dance This is traditionally done at a wedding reception. For a dollar or more, any guest can briefly dance with the bride and groom. In order to begin, the D.J. will ask the Maid/Matron of Honor and the Best Man to assist by standing next to the bride and groom, respectively. The women are asked to line up behind the groom, and the men behind the bride. The D.J. will play popular ballads so that all participants will have the opportunity to dance. Participants are not to dance longer than 30-60 seconds.
Electric Slide Popular participation dance.
Reverse Garter After the bouquet toss and the garter toss, the girl who caught the bouquet is asked to sit in a chair on the dance floor. The D.J. will play some fun music and the guy has to put the garter on the leg of the lady who caught the bouquet. If the crowd is a little risque, the D.J. may play the “baseball” segment of “Paradise by the Dashboard Lights”, and have the woman put the garter on the man after he has put it on her.
Hokey Pokey Guests form a circle on the dance floor. D.J. starts the Hokey Pokey song and guests join in on this participation dance.
Limbo Rock Two volunteers are to hold a six-foot pole at each end. The D.J. will ask the people to line up in front of the pole. When the music starts everyone must dance under the pole by arching their backs with their heads being the last thing to go under. Contestants who bend forward or arch their necks will be “out.” There should be enough space between the participants so that they do not bump into each other. Every minute or so the pole is to be lowered a few inches. Those who bend improperly, touch the pole or fall are eliminated.
Macarena Popular participation dance.
Multiplication Dance For this dance everyone stands in a circle. The D.J. will choose a man and a woman to dance in the middle of the circle. When the D.J. announces "break", the people in the middle of the circle is to pick someone of the opposite sex to join them. Only the people in the middle of the circle dance. This continues until everyone is dancing. This is a great way to get the whole crowd to dance.
Twist The DJ plays Twist by Chubby Checker, people dance the twist and see how low can they go.
YMCA At the beginning, the D.J. will play the YMCA by the Village People. The group gathers together on the dance floor. (Sometimes different hats can be worn for this wild dance.) On the chorus of the song, everybody raises their arms in the positions to form the letters “Y”, “M”, “C” and “A” to go along with the lyrics of Y...... M.... C.... A.... This is a time tested group participation dance!