yet again, it’s that time of year when dancers and DJs are looking for holiday
music for routines and holiday dance parties.
In my third annual installment of holiday music posts I’d like
to cover some of the new things that I’ve implemented on the music4dance
website that make finding holiday music to dance to easier. For a broader view of holiday music on music
for dance please take a quick look at my 2017
holiday music blog posts.
before, the Holiday
Dance Music page reveals a list of holiday songs that you can peruse and
discover what dances others have danced to them as well as checking out the
songs that are filtered by any particular dance style by clicking the dance
links at the bottom of the page.
for 2019, on the individual holiday dance pages you’ll see a Spotify player
that will let you play the songs on that page directly from the page or click
on the Spotify logo on the player to open up the playlist in your player. You can also go to the music4dance
profile directly in Spotify and browse our holiday playlists. While you’re their, please take a moment to
follow both the music4dance profile and the playlist.
members, you can use the Bonus Content
feature to find even more song ideas that I wasn’t able to match to the
Spotify, Amazon or Apple Music catalog, but that someone at some time dug up
and danced to at a holiday dance.
members, you can now create your own playlists based on searches that
include holiday related tags. For
instance, I created a playlist
of all songs tagged Christmas
Pop that had an associated dance by just creating a search for all
Christmas Pop and exporting to Spotify.
am going to continue to attempt to build the holiday catalog. I’ve made some progress, moving from 261
songs last year to 446 songs as of this writing. If you are interested in helping, here are
some things you could do:
- Sign up for our add song beta and add holiday songs yourself.
- Browse our music catalog and tag songs as Holiday when you find them.
- If you have a list of holiday songs categorized by dance style that you are willing to share, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me through the feedback form.
- In addition, general contributions will help the holiday music catalog and other efforts.
As always if you have comments or suggestions please feel
free to reply to this post or contact me here.
I just moved the music4dance blog and help system to a new provider. I hate the fact that many recent posts have been about infrastructure changes that I’ve made due to one or another of my providers breaking something under me. But such is the world of software. I won’t bore you with the details here (you’re welcome). At some point I may take the time to explain what happened this time on my technical blog with the hope of saving others similar pain.
What does this mean to you? Hopefully not a whole lot. The URL for the blog is now https://music4dance.blog rather than https://www.music4dance.net/blog. But even if you have bookmarks to the old blog or help, they should redirect smoothly to the new site without any action on your part. Also, I spent a decent amount of time when I first set up the site to try to make the blog and help system look like a relatively seamless part of the main site. Not everything that I did directly translates to the new host, so the blog looks a little more like a separate site. I think that’s all right by, I’m open to other opinions.
The other impact of
this change is that I’m now paying for something that used to be free, so I
will politely ask again that you consider supporting music4dance.net in one
way or another.
As always, I welcome feedback. I read every email and do my best to respond to them all.
Each year Spotify
does a number of fun playlists in support of Pride weekend. With this being the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots,
they pulled out all the stops.
there is a lot of overlap between these playlists and songs that are great for
partner dancing. And I’m not just
talking about disco
music. I’ve been listening to
several of these playlists including Pride
Classics and Disco
Fever. The surprise is that it
wasn’t until the end of Pride month that it occurred to me that it would be fun
and possibly useful to cross reference some of the Pride playlists with the
But better late than
here to see the full list. You can
get to the pride catalog anytime by going to the “Music” menu,
choosing the “Tags” option and then finding the “Pride”
button. Clicking on that will pop up a
menu that will let you list all the songs tagged as “Pride.” I’ve also added tags for the specific
playlists that Spotify built, so you can use the same method to get to the Disco
Classics or Fierce
Remember, there is a
lot of subjectivity to what someone finds to be a danceable song. So please sign in and express your opinion by
on that for your favorite songs and dances.
If you’re a premium
member you can see the full Spotify lists, even the ones that we didn’t
already have cross-referenced, by clicking the “Change Search” button
on the results and then choosing “Not categorized by dance” and then
“Search.” Then you could go
and add what you would dance to any of the songs that are uncategorized.
As always, I’d love to hear your feedback.
If you’re looking for music ideas for partner dancing, music4dance has something for you. Whether you’re a competitive ballroom dancer, a social partner dancer, a dance DJ looking for new music, a musician that plays for partner dances, or a couple looking for wedding music, we’ve built an experience that will help. With a catalog of over twenty-five thousand songs cross-referenced by dozens of dance styles and hundreds of tags, we’ve built a real treasure trove of music to explore.
This year, I would
like to generate enough revenue to pay for the site’s maintenance costs. This isn’t a whole lot, but it’s
significantly more than current advertising and referral revenue streams
represent. I can see two paths to making
that happen. One is to increase the
number of active users of the site significantly and the other is to create a
more direct revenue stream.
As someone who uses this site, I’m asking for your help in one or both of these efforts.
To increase the number of people visiting the site (and therefore increasing advertising and referral revenue) all you have to do is tell your dancing friends. And if you run a web site or blog, please link to music4dance. I’m happy to link back to appropriate content as well, so if you run a website that makes sense for cross-promotion, please contact me.
In order to create direct revenue streams, I’ve built a premium subscription and a way to donate to the site. For now, the annual subscription is ten dollars a year and gives you an advertising-free experience. You can also donate any amount, either on top of the subscription fee or without purchasing a subscription. More information on this is available on our “contribute” page.
Thanks for your support!