Keeping your school function both fun and profitable requires more than just hiring a Dj. In this day in age, teens and young adults have a wide variety of leisure activities to choose from, including your school dance. With so many choices, getting students to attend your school dance can be very difficult.
Getting students to your event means competing with movies, concerts, sports, video games, computers, malls, and fast food to name just a few. All of the decisions you must make for your event; your choice of entertainment will have the greatest impact on your events success. Great events don’t “just
happen”, they’re the result of careful planning from the first to the last’ detail.
Promote, Plan, Prepare
Familiarize yourself with these three words, they can make your event easy, profitable, and
Promote your event well in advance of its actual date. Display posters, announce your dance over the morning school address and give incentives to come. Sell your tickets as early as possible, make them available during lunch or breaks in the cafeteria, student center, or other school
functions. Encourage attendance by selling group rates for slightly less than
the individual price. Don’t assume, “if you schedule it they will come.”
Plan with your teachers, advisers, and student counsel to get ideas on themes, games, and
incentives. Don’t limit yourself by thinking your prizes have to
cost a lot of money and your theme has to be part of a musical period or genre.
Brain storm with your dance committee. Themes can be everything from a Hollywood
premiere, Survivor, Golf tournament, to Back to the Future, Disney, Hawaiian
adventure, weddings, and Game Show etc., etc. There are so many variations.
You can help keep your budget in line by soliciting local merchants to help you
with prizes for your contests and games. Movie theaters, ice cream shops,
arcades and other venues that are frequented by teens and are a great source of
gift certificates and donations. Merchants know that teens and young adults
come in groups and a pair of passes donated usually comes with multiple
customers from groups of teens which accompany those two passes.
Prepare in advance so you don’t have to guess on how many students are coming. Check with
the Dj or entertainer you’ve decided on to hire to see if they
help with posters to promote your dance. Ask them what they could do to assist with novelties that might complement your theme, or special lighting needs.
Help prevent the impact of substance abuse by designing an event which people want
to be sober at. When you incorporate more than music to your event it helps encourage
people of all ages to participate rather than withdrawal. Activities such as
games, contests, and talent shows help unite people through their ability’s and
common goals to connect them in spite of the usual peer pressure one feels to
“fit in”. Use people’s common need to just want to have fun and make new friends.
Have a great event,