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A LIST Guide caught up with Ritchie Ramos from 7 Flavours to find out what the big trends are in dance-based entertainment.

Ramos says that there are a few keys trends impacting the dance entertainment scene. Read on to find out what they are.

1. Multiculturalism

Ramos says that cultural dance used to be seen as the domain of community events and free performers but that has all changed.

With the recent $600K investment from the The NSW State Government into Parramasala, a festival with a strong dance element held in Parramatta, as well as the Winter Olympics in South Korea, and the FIFA World Cup coming up in Russia, Ramos said that including cultural dance in your program is currently very hot.

Including cultural dance in an entertainment program is a way of communicating equality and inclusiveness, as well as providing an accurate representation of Australian society. The performance isn’t just about decoration or the music that the DJ is playing; it’s about transcending cultural divides.

Ramos also says that because Australia doesn’t have a traditional costume or dance, a ‘Universal Carnivale’ theme works really well for clients who want something in addition to an aboriginal dance performance.

He also says there are plenty of other ways to theme multicultural dance shows to include more formal dance styles alongside cultural dance; South America, East meets West, Bollywood meets Hollywood.

2. Guest flashmob

The days of the waiters performing a flash mob dance are over. According to Ramos, the new trend is towards surprising everyone with a flash mob performed by fellow party guests or delegates.

3. Party animators

If you want to heat up the dance floor at your next function, Ramos says hiring some professional dancers to get guests up on their feet is a great way to break the ice and give the event a human touch. He says it’s a cost-effective and simple way to include some dance-based entertainment as there’s no costumes, sets or choreography.

4. Adagio

Also known as acrobatics, Ramos says that having two performers lifting each other in an array of shapes and configurations is enormously popular as it conveys messages of strength, power and unity. Plus, it’s fun to watch and has the ‘wow’ factor of a circus show.

5. Welcome meet and greet

Nothing is more memorable than a warm greeting. Having a team of performers/dancers welcome and pose for photos with your guests will create miles of sparkles and it is yet so simple to do and execute. The beauty of this is that the performers/dancers can be dressed in any theme or character so there is absolutely no limits. Add some background music to level the quality of chatter and balance the heart beat of the event along with human conversation. This can be an extension of the DJ, a separate portable PA from the AV team or if you want more wow, book a team of musicians in a small band or batucada drummers playing the live beats and rhythms.

Ramos also has some pro-tips for planners. They are:

  • Book your dancers for the right amount of time – it will save you money. If you only need the performers for a quick set, book them just for the performance. They will show up in costume and do a quick stretch before they perform. This will save you money on green rooms, meals and rehearsals time in the venue. Ramos also says if you are booking dancers for a full event, get the band in first for rehearsals, and then the dancers as they are usually quicker.
  • Make sure that you book the right performance for the event. Don’t book Brazilian drummers for a Cuban-themed event, or salsa dancers for a Mexican night. Some people might not notice but well-travelled guests will pick up on the discrepancy.
  • Be open-minded. You can set ballet to contemporary music; you can do break dancing to opera. You don’t have to conform strictly to tradition.

For more information about dance entertainment, check out 7 Flavours’ listing here.