Dance Theme Ideas

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May 29, 2013

You should totally have like a star dance floor. Maybe get like silver paint or stick down silver material on a star shaped wooden board. Make sure it is really big!

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August 25, 2012

Can anyone please suggest to me some simple, yet attention grabbing, dance themes with a meaningful message for 3 year old children?

By Deepika


August 30, 20120 found this helpful
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They are three. They don't know what a theme is nor a message. But babies like to count up to their age. Find some music that is in 3/4 time. Then do every thing in groups of three. 3 crackers on each of their plates. 3 cracker sized pieces of cheese to one side. Let them put the cheese on the crackers as they count to 3. Get 3 balloons for each baby (not the floating ones.) Put them in a closed off spot but where they can reach them on the floor.


Let each baby go and get 3 balloons, one at a time, bring it to you, so you can tie a string to it. Then they can drag them around in a circle over the carpet while "Dancing" 3 times in one direction, then switching. Put a coffee table in the center or footstool to dance around. When you serve cake cut each of their pieces in to 3 smaller pieces. Use a small spoon to make 3 small scoops of ice cream on each plate. = 1 regular scoop. 3 small balls to play with. Sit on the floor in a circle, push all balls across floor. Any other "groups of three" will work.

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September 3, 20120 found this helpful
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I think "sharing" would be a simple enough theme for three-year-olds to understand and portray. It could be fun if you used colorful props they could share (i.e., hand to each other) during the dance.


Maybe you can make very cheap tissue paper and pipe cleaner flowers they could even share with the audience at the end of the dance. These cost pennies, take only 30 seconds to make, and are very colorful (or they could be made in a color complementing the childrens' outfits).

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March 1, 2005

I am part of the Eighth grade social committee and the eighth grade has voted on the theme and they have decided to have a Moonlight theme. if anyone has any ideas that we could use please post them. Those ideas will be greatly appreciated. Thank you! Courtney - Maine


March 1, 20050 found this helpful

Hi Courtney. Could you provide us with a little more to go on so we could know which direction to help you in. Like, for example, when is the dance taking place? Do you have a location? Is it an indoor or outdoor event?


What sort of budget is there? Are there already school traditions involved that would need to be incorporated? Things of that nature. That way we could focus on being creative where you need it most. Let us know how we can help. Thanks.

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By Dani (Guest Post)
March 2, 20050 found this helpful

When I was in High School we had a social with the theme "An Evening In Paris" It was beautiful. And didn't cost too much. We made our gym look like a street in Paris at night. We even had an Eiffel Tower. We had one of our parents make lamp posts and put ballons on top to make the bulbs. We also had cozy tables and chairs. The back ground was black paper with small stars on it. There was soft light everywhere and just a romatic feel to the evening. It was beautiful. We had lots of silver balloons too. It was very elegant. Hope this helps.

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By R.S. Aurora, CO (Guest Post)
March 2, 20050 found this helpful

You can use a disco globe or solarium globe to achieve the starlit effect. A solarium globe is a globe or light source that projects the solar system on the ceiling/walls.


You can also make stars from cardboard/cardstock & cover with foil or spray paint.

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By Cheryl from Missouri (Guest Post)
March 2, 20050 found this helpful

I think the glow in the dark stars you find at the dollar star would make great ceiling and wall decorations. Maybe you could have a wishing well for people to toss coins into. You could donate the money to a good cause.

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March 2, 20050 found this helpful

a suggestion;
put up those glow in the dark stars up or get
black paper and make a scene with glow in the dark paints in craft section at WalMart , I use the one
that is around the paint section from Disney a little
bottle goes a long way. I painted all my light\switches so I can find them in the dark.
That is just one idea.

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By Kathy B.. (Guest Post)
March 3, 20050 found this helpful

You can buy gossamer at Stumps Prom. It comes in a variety of colors and patterns.


It can easily be used to cover the ceiling and you can put white lights in it to make it shine. It is beautiful!

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March 19, 20050 found this helpful

A cool "sky" idea! Hang strands of white Christmas lights across the ceiling. Then hangs lengths of dark gossamer beneath them (both close to the ceiling if possible). This will create a starlit effect!

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By Nakomis (Guest Post)
December 30, 20050 found this helpful

you can put a disco ball and glowing things, glowing spray paint, but is the place going to be dark? p.s. r u courtney unger?

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By Jordan (Guest Post)
February 4, 20060 found this helpful

Yeah i am having a dance just like that but it is for 6th graders... i am going to take all the tips from everyone else and use them so thank u everyone and i hope u had a nice dance!!

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By mattie (Guest Post)
March 29, 20060 found this helpful

we need tips on decorating are school for a arabian night theme

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By Kenzie (Guest Post)
April 12, 20060 found this helpful

u can also do a Mardi Gras thing! it wuz a big hit with our school

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By Brodie-lee (Guest Post)
June 29, 20060 found this helpful

At our school, we are doing the first ever year 11 formal.. Cause our yr 10 and 12 balls r huge.. this one is a budget price one.. where we dont buy expensive dresses.. do u like the idea of holywood glitz and glamour?

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By Regina (Guest Post)
November 19, 20060 found this helpful

I need HELP! We need to have a dance in December. Most of my friends want a formal dance like last year. Although, I would like to do something a little different. Something to make it interesting. Not B-O-R-I-N-G. It is hard to entertain teens now-a-days. So please give some creative, interesting ideas that are incorporated with formal wear. Thanks-a-bunches.
P.S. We have a very SMALL school, so we are on a low budget.

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September 19, 2007

My school has a winter formal each year, but no one goes with dates, it's more of everyone dancing and having a great time. I was wondering if anyone had ideas for a theme? I've found that a lot of themes are too romantic to fit the dance. I was thinking more of using a song for a theme, like one that people get pumped about when they hear it and want to start dancing, but I can't think of a song. Or, a fun theme like "Roaring 20s". Any ideas of a non-romantic, but still fun theme? I'm open to any suggestions!

Caitlin from Burlington, VT

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April 22, 2007

I am looking for specific ideas for an 8th grade end-of-middle school dance. We have decided on a Star theme - under the stars, or wish upon a star. I want to use metallic color balloons. Otherwise, we don't really know what to do. All you creative people in this group, can you help with ideas? Especially with how to make giant stars, and how to use them in decor?

I love reading tips here and have used many of them. Thanks.

Tere from Austin, TX

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November 24, 2006

I'm the student council president at my school and I was wondering if anyone had any decorating ideas for a classic christmas themed semi formal dance.

J MAC from Courtice, Ontario

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December 17, 2008

I am on the committee for my Junior High school's dance. We are having trouble deciding on a theme. We would appreciate your suggestions.


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July 24, 2008

We're having a jungle/safari themed dance. How should we decorate it?

TT92 from Ottawa, On

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May 14, 2006

This year I am in charge of decorating the Grade 8's dance. We chose a beach theme, but my partner in crime and I are having a few obstacles with trying to have the gym looking good. Since this is basically a graduation dance, we would like to make it really fun and would like the setting to look quite impressive. Any beach-themed decorating ideas would be VERY helpful.



May 14, 20060 found this helpful

Check out the Oriental Trading Company (you can find them online) they have great inexpensive decorations, and I think I have even seen inflatable palm trees! Or make ones with those big rolls of craft paper and appliance cardboard boxes spliced together. Maybe get a hold of a rental place and get patio style tables with the umbrellas, and use the folding chairs you have on hand. If you are serving beverages, maybe set it up like one of those beachside bars (I think if you watch any old beach movies, they may pop up, esp in Caribbean) With the lights fairly dim, maybe get an evening effect? If it is in a gym/auditorium, you could put up fake waves along the edge of the stage, and set up the palm trees there for more support.

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By jojo (Guest Post)
May 15, 20060 found this helpful

For my beach-themed b/day party, one of the decorations I made were giant thongs/flipflops. I used brightly coloured A4 paper and drew large thong shapes and used contrasting coloured strips for the straps. I stuck these all over windows & they looked fab. You could maybe also string up some netting and put some toy fish inside. Beachballs and inflatable airbeds are also good. For table decoration I used kid's sandbuckets and spades...some shells...and snorkel masks. Have fun : )

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May 15, 20060 found this helpful

When my son was in 9th grade they had a spring dance that had a beach theme. One of the mom's brought in a bunch of her own houseplants (Caladiums, a rubber tree and several different kinds of palms) We arranged these in one corner of the room on a fairly large tarp.(This will help when it comes time to clean up!) We left a little room behind it so we could place a small kiddie pool with about 2" of water in it. On either side if the pool we placed an old milk crate, on one we put a small fan pointed at the surface of the water. On the other crate we placed one of those old fashioned light wheels they used to use for aluminum christmas trees, also pointed down at the water. In front of the plants, to help camoflage all this stuff, we got a couple of yards of burlap, in a sandy beige color and drapped it around the pots to sort of resemble a sand dune. Then just to finish it off we emptied about 5 or 6 bags of play sand over the edges of the burlap and out a little way, making our own little beach! You can usually find a lot of things like sea shells, little fishermans nets, bucket & shovel sets to embellish your beach, at places like Hobby Lobby, Michael's, even sometimes at Walmart, possibly even at the Dollar stores. The coolest thing is when the lights are lowered a bit and you turn on the "special effects" You get all these rippling, reflections on the walls and ceiling just like the ocean was just outside! It's wowed our kids to no end and ended up being the one part of the decor that every one wanted their picture taken with! Sometimes if you just ask, some stores will donate or at least reduce prices for you when you are buying things for these type of events. Also if you can't find one of the color wheel lights you could use one of those clamp-on spot lights, you just won't get all the pretty changing colors, still a cool effect though. We also used some of the other suggestions ,already given to decorate the rest of the room. I might add if you are having a band or DJ or simply a sound system you might want to set it up next to your beach to add to the beach party effect.

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July 24, 2009

I need dance theme ideas. I'm president of student council and yearbook. We always have dances and I need to come up with themes.

By Josifer

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September 24, 2013

I am hosting our 6th grade dance and I need some ideas for the theme of the dance.

By Sandra F

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August 31, 2010

I'm on the student council of my school. My friend and I want to do a circus/carnival themed dance. We need games for the dance that are not childish. And we need some fun games that high school kids would like. Also, what kind of foods could we have?

Is it a good idea to require students to buy tickets to play the games, just like in a real circus/carnival? What kind of prizes should we have for all the winners?

By lalala from dfghjk

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January 7, 2010

Our school dance is in 2 weeks, we already have a DJ and all that stuff. We just need a dance theme to work with, it's 9-12th grade and alumni, we want it to be a casual wear, no date dance. Any ideas?

By Lisa from UT

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August 26, 2015

I am homeschooled with a big group. We've had several past dances; all failed because of dresscode and decorations. This year we're thinking of a black and white themed dance. Any suggestions to make this actually good?

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January 1, 2014

I am chairing the high school's Winterball which is a step up from a Homecoming. We need to incorporate snowflakes and stars. What should the title of our theme be?

By M

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August 28, 2013

I am looking for a dance theme, which is basically "Colors of Celebration" and I am blank on this. Please help. It's a banking organisation and we are looking for maximum participation. Which involves higher levels too.

By Glory

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September 13, 2010

We would like to have a western dance, but don't have a theme.
Can you help?

By wendy from Lancaster, SC

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February 3, 2009

I need casual dance themes. Any ideas? Thank you.

Natalie from Charleston, MO

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