How to pick music for a debutante ball

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How to pick music for a debutante ball
Choosing music for the ball is a crucial task. (Joe Corrigan/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

The debutante ball is an important night in every young persons life. It marks the transition from being a teen to a young adult. In this respect, it is vital that the night goes well and happy memories are made. Picking the right music is an essential part of the process since the whole night revolves around dancing. Read on to learn about choosing music that the debutantes will never forget.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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    Pick the music with great care. The music is for the debutante and not for you so keep this in mind. Ask them if they have a favourite song they wish to be played that reminds them of a time during their school life. This is a way to liven up the dance floor as the song could also be popular with the debutantes friends. Ask the debutante if they would like an orchestra or a DJ. They would not be impressed if you hired an orchestra and they were expecting to dance to Britney Spears.

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    Decide on the play list by making a list of songs by artists suggested by the debutante. Make sure you have enough material to last the whole night. There is nothing worse than hearing the same song again. Vary the songs so that there is mixture of slow and fast, loud and soft. The end of the night can consist of golden oldies to keep everyone happy. If a DJ is selected, then songs such as ABBA, Queen or popular party songs that everyone can get up and dance to are a great choice. If a classical orchestra is playing, The Blue Danube would be a good song to finish on.

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    Keep the debutante in the loop at all times. This is essential if you would like the ball to be successful from a musical point of view. If you pick the music without letting the debutante know, she may not agree with it. It is important to always keep the debutante informed of your play list as you progress. Then a final version of the music can be made and you can make sure they are happy with it. Once they are, your work is done!

Tips and warnings

  • Always ask the debutante what their favourite music genre is.

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