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Experiences of a Music Coordinator

By Jackson Fossen

One of my responsibilities is to DJ for the University of Minnesota Ballroom Dance Club’s general dance twice a week, and that has had a few side effects. Primarily, I end up doing a lot of social dancing during the school year. I dance while I DJ (obviously, because why not?), so I get a lot of time to practice what I’ve learned in lessons past. Besides practice, though, I’ve noticed a few things that may not have otherwise occurred to me:

Overall, serving as Music Coordinator has greatly enhanced my dancing experience, and I would highly recommend being a social dance DJ to anyone who has the opportunity. There is definitely a learning curve, as playing songs with correct tempos is incredibly important, but it will give you a different insight into how the social structure of ballroom works.