How about a Dance Class for your Office Party?
Tired of the same old boring Office parties?
Here is a new one for you. We specialise in giving dance classes to groups as a once off activity. They are a great way to get a group of people that might not know each other very well (or that might know each other in a work capacity but not in a social capacity) to interact and experience something new together. It is a fantastic idea for co-workers…yet safe! It gets everyone to step out of their role in the organisation and puts them on a level playing field. CEO or cleaner, once the music is playing, it doesn’t matter anymore. Dancing is the Great Leveller!
Just a few days ago I was teaching a class to employees of a firm that shall remain anonymous. It was a medium size company with just under 50 employees, 46 women and 1 man!
To tell you the truth I was a little apprehensive about teaching that dance class.
First off I usually teach Hen Parties and I have done so for over 12 years now, so I know the dynamic of these groups very well. I love teaching hen parties and I have taught so many of them now that I could do it in my sleep.
I have a well rehearsed routine (I am not talking about a dance routine, though these are also well rehearsed). I know within a few minutes of meeting the group how things are going to play out and how to get the best out of them so they have a really great time and come out of my class raving about it.
But this was not a hen party so I felt a little out of my comfort zone. For one, I couldn’t crack my usual jokes (I won’t elaborate on the content of these jokes here but I am sure you get the general idea.), they wouldn’t work with this group. That was unsettling for me because with a tough crowd the old reliable jokes are my best friends, they will eventually crack the ice and get everyone to mellow out.
Admittedly this group was also (nearly) all women so you may wonder what’s the difference between a hen party taking a dance class and group of ladies, all colleagues taking a dance class. Well they are colleagues and will still be colleagues tomorrow (all going well)! The context is different, the expectations are different. Hen parties expect an edge, innuendos, a little less PC jokes. Colleagues don’t.
Another reason I was nervous is that the group was about 3 times bigger than the groups I usually teach, so that brings its own set of challenges: more noise, more “funny” people to deal with and generally harder to keep them focused.
To top it all I only found out 2 days before the gig that I was going to teach this group because the teacher that was scheduled to do it fell suddenly ill. This wouldn’t have usually been a worry but in this case it was my first time teaching this particular routine, “uptown funk”.
Luckily it’s an easy routine and I really like that song!
So, there I was a little apprehensive (see above) waiting for my group to arrive and with a guy standing beside me, nervous as hell. I don’t know who he was or why he was there. He told me he was in marketing as if that would explain it all. Well maybe it did explain it all but I didn’t get it. I didn’t bother asking, he was a nice guy and I was glad of the company. He was really nervous though!
Anyways the 47 arrived. 47 hairdressers (did I tell you they were hairdressers?), all of them glammed up to the last, drinking champagne and gathered protectively around their one man, like 46 bodyguards. That guy must be doing something right! He was a nice young unassuming man by all accounts.
Show time, I was on! And so was the photographer and the camera crew. Don’t ask, I don’t know….
As usual in these situations I turned into a right devil. I was possessed! I started dancing, shouting, clapping, running from the front to the back and back to the front again. I was laughing, jumping, encouraging, pushing and they all followed and they all danced and laughed and sweated (or is it glow?) in their stunning outfits and evening make-up.
K., the girl that organised the event asked me to pick the most deserving dancer (not the best one, the most deserving one which I think was a nice touch) and that dancer would win a prize.
46 girls in full flight, fired up, what was I supposed to do?
46 girls in full flight, fired up, what was I supposed to do, pick 1 and let the other 45 crucify me? Of course not, I took the only safe option available to me. I announced they all had my vote but since I had to pick one, I picked the nice unassuming and deserving only male dancer in the group. I was sure I was on the winner with that one but no sooner had I announced it they all started shouting and screaming at me. Taxi!!!!!!
As it turned out the nice unassuming and deserving young man owned the company and as such was not eligible to win the prize, since….he was the one offering it. Still after all the roaring and shouting I realised I had made the right call, they were all delighted I chose him. That guy had definitely done something right!
By the way do you know what the prize was? An extra day off, how cool is that!!
To sum it up, we all had a great dance session, I was on a high after it as were all the participants I think. I actually got a very nice email from K. the next day saying how much they enjoyed their dance class.
Now I know I love hairdressers. All of them.
So if you are looking for a little ‘je ne sais quoi’ for your party, something a little unusual why not try a dance class?
We have many dance styles and choreographies to choose from and we cater for parties nationwide. If you need more information or if you wish to book a class Click Here.