Posted by: Ric Hansen on 07/28/2014 ajr

AJR stands for Adam, Jack, Ryan (Brothers)

AJR is a New York City-based indie pop band composed of brothers Adam, Jack, and Ryan Met. The band is a DIY pop group who write, produce, and mix their own material in the living room of their Chelsea apartment.
New at number 29 this week.

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Safe songs for June 30,  2014

LW TW       ARTIST TITLE Prime  Cuts #     BPM
4 1 Ariana Grande/Iggy Problem 201418 103
2 2 Calvin Harris SUMMER 201412 128
3 3 Nico & Vinz Am I Wrong 201412 120
1 4 Rixton Me and My Broken Heart 201409 87
8 5 MKTO Classic 201346 104
11 6 Magic ! Rude 201416 72
5 7 Paramore Ain’t it Fun 201352 104
7 8 SDJ Snake/Lil Jon Turn Down for What 201402 101
6 9 Justin Timberlake Not A Bad Thing 201408 86
10 10 Katy Perry Birthday 201416 125


Posted by: Ric Hansen on 07/28/2014 school dance movie

It’s rated R but critics are giving it some positive reviews.


Critic Rama Tampubolon gives it: GRADE: 4 out of 5
Rama Tampubolon

Holy smokes! I never thought I’d say this, but I actually had a blast watching Nick Cannon’s feature directorial debut, SCHOOL DANCE, this is a really funny movie and it’s got tons of familiar faces from George Lopez and Kat Williams to Kevin Hart and Wilmer Valderrama. The jokes hit the targets, and it’s not just a black-centric comedy either, it’s a high school comedy with a few sideline sketches on the side but it’s as if in a sea of mild to simply boring comedy movies out there, Nick Cannon and his co-scribe know exactly what can make us laugh. SCHOOL DANCE is fun, hysterical and downright cool.

Bobb’e J. Thompson is our lead man in SCHOOL DANCE, I was a huge fan of his hilarious starring role in ‘Role Models’ a few years back. Bobb’e plays a high schooler who’s a lot shorter than everybody else and just like everybody else, he too wants to fit in and there’s this rap group called the Rangers which tells him that if he wants to join in, he has to get the panties of a certain hot girl in school and that’s where Anastacia comes in, the girl of Bobb’e’s dreams in this movie.
By the way, it’s interesting in and of itself to see Bobb’e play some kind of shy nerd who has trouble rapping when in fact Bobb’e is actually a damn good rapper in real life.
The school in SCHOOL DANCE is filled with colorful characters and cliques, one of which is the hispanic gang led by Wilmer Valderrama’s character. One of the members of the rangers has a dad, played by Kat Williams, who’s in prison and owes this gang some money. Kat, one of the funniest comedians working today, gives a scene-stealing performance in SCHOOL DANCE, his is a must-see.
That same evening there is to be a lock in, it’s an event where for one night, students get to spend the night at the gym socializing and this is an event where things get rowdy and wild with parties bumpin’, there’s a contest with $2,000 grand prize and so the rangers are hoping to win in order to get their friend out of trouble. All the while, there’s another gang led by Kevin Hart, and also a couple of incompetent cops who help make this movie even more hilarious than it already is.

I think all in all, the reason why SCHOOL DANCE’s humor works effectively is because it’s built around the characters, and so no matter how silly it may get, it never goes astray from what the characters are all about, and sure it may be also about the usual high school complexities, like trying to fit in or the pressure of losing your virginity, but SCHOOL DANCE approaches it straightforward without make it too dramatic and it also doesn’t make light of them either.
For example, George Lopez plays the father of the girl that our lead has a crush on, and Lopez’s character has a scene in which he gives his daughter a fatherly advice about not to date black men, he generalizes that black men will smooth his way into your life, get you pregnant and then run off or disappear like a magician, but then his own hispanic culture young men aren’t giving him enough reasons to defend them. These are typical speeches that many parents out there give to their children behind closed doors. And so I don’t think SCHOOL DANCE necessarily is saying black men are cool and hispanics are not and vice versa, no. I think SCHOOL DANCE is trying to say that there will always be lazy folks in any culture or any ethnicity, it doesn’t mean that they are all lazy,because there will always be a few good apples worth getting to know. So that whole speech by Lopez could’ve easily turned into something that’s unnecessarily long or too dramatic with a mopey music score on the background, but nope, that whole speech was complimented with humor in between, along the way, so on one hand, it never loses its funny and on the other hand, at the same time, it retains its seriousness as well.
I think SCHOOL DANCE is a well-balanced Romeo & Juliet-esque comedy that accomplishes exactly what it set out to do from the get-go.

New Dance for back to school?

Posted by: Ric Hansen on 07/28/2014 Screen Shot 2014-07-21 at 1.34.41 PM

Could this new dance “Super Selfie”  blaze a new dance craze going into the new school year.  It’d be great to put twerking and grinding in the dust with something a little more challenging and less disgusting.  Check out the Manoeuvres doing some hot moves to an MC Hammer classic.  Impressive.

Recent “Top 30″ Safe songs that are still safe to play.

Posted by: admin on 02/17/2014

Here is a large list of songs that are not currently on the Top 30 but are still popular and are safe to play at schools.  If you are looking for a Responsible DJ who will play nothing but Safe Songs at your next dance….CLICK HERE FOR OUR DIRECTORY

Listed by mosts recent adds to the recurrent list.  Updated  February 18 2014



Recurrents- (Still popular)
Paramore Still Into You 201315 136
Jay Z-Timberlake Holy Grail 201329 72
Ariana Grande / Big Sean Right There 201340 78
Selena Gomez Slow Down 201333 128
Katy Perry Unconditionally 201343 130
Drake Hold on We’re going home 201332 100
J. Cole Crooked Smile 201323 82
Lupe Fiasco/Ed Sheeran Old School Love 201342 86
Rihanna What Now 201336 128
Taylor  Swift/Ed Sheeran Everything has Changes 201327 79
Lady Gaga Applause 201333 70
Capital Cities Safe and Sound 201249 118
Pink True Love 201327 97
Eminem Berzerk 201335 96
Bruno Mars Treasure 201320 116
Zedd / Ft Foxes Clarity 201305 128
Robin Thicke Blurred Lines 201322 120
Justin Timberlake Take Back the Night 201329 109
Maroon 5 Love Somebody 201314 120
Imagine Dragons Radioactive 201245 69
Calvin Harris-Ellie Goulding I  Need Your Love 201312 125
Ariana Grande / Mac Miller The Way 201314 83
Daft Punk Get Lucky 201317 116
Krewella Live for the Night 201327 128
One Direction Best Song Ever 201330 118
Anna Kendrick Cups 201319 65
Rihanna/David Guetta Right Now 201329 130
Macklemore/Ryan Lewis Can’t Hold  Us 201310 73
Selena Gomez Come & Get it 201315 80
Justin Timberlake Mirrors 201314 78
Macklemoore-Ryan Lewis Thrift Shop 201246 95
Pitbull-C Aguilera Feel This Moment 201302 136
Demi Lovato Heart Attack 201309 88
Krewella Alive 201305 128
Mariah Carey/ Miguel #Beautiful 201319 107
Chris Brown Fine China 201314 104
Justin Timberlake Suit annd Tie 201303 103
Justin Bieber /Wil I am #that Power 201312 128
Maroon 5 Daylight 201247 126
Calvin Harris/Florence Welch Sweet Nothing 201238 128
Emeli Sande Next to Me 201230 95
Sean  Kingston/Chris Brown/Wiz Beat it 201316 98
Swedish House Mafia Don’t You Worry Child 201234 129
Avril Lavigne Here’s to never growing up 201315 83
Olly Murs/ w Flo Rida Troublemaker 201250 106
Imagine Dragons It’s Time 201208 105
Will.I.AM-Britney Spears Scream and Shout 201248 129
Justin Bieber w /Nicki Minaj Beauty and a Beat 201244 127
Flo Rida I Cry 201238 126
Justin Bieber All  Around the World 201307 128
Taylor Swift We are never getting back together 201234 86
Psy Gangnam Style 201237 132
Chris Brown Don’t Wake Me Up 201221 128
Pink Blow Me One Last Kiss 201228 114
Owl City-Carly Rae Jepsen Good Time 201227 126
Maroon 5 Payphone 201217 111
Carly Jepsen Call Me Maybe 201210 120
David Guetta/ Chris Brown I Can Only Imagine 201230 127
Rihanna Where have you been 201216 128
Trey Songz Heart Attack 201214 75
Usher Numb 201233 125
Future Turn on the Lights 201226 66
Ellie Goulding Lights 201109 120
Nicki Minaj Pound the Alarm 201227 126
One Direction Live While we’re young 201240 126
David Guetta Titanium 201230 125
Calvin  Harris Lets Go 201212 128
Katy Perry Wide Awake 201223 80
Kelly Clarkson Stronger 201201 116
David Guetta/Nicki Minaj Turn Me on 201231 128
Justin Bieber Boyfriend 201214 97
Taylor Swft-B.O.B Both Of Us 201220 63
50 Cent/Dr. Dre/Alicia Keys New Day 201232 98
Katy Perry Part of Me 201210 130
Flo Rida Good Feelin 201137 128
Pitbull Back In Time 201214 127
Gym Class Heroes Self  Back Home 201203 130
Nicki Minaj Starships 201209 125
Chris Brown Turn Up The Music 201206 130
Goyte Somebody that I used to Know 201205 129
Rihanna We Found Love 201140 128
The Wanted Glad You Came 201134 128
One Direction What Makes You Beautiful 201213 129
Drake /Rihanna Take Care 201150 122
Calvin  Harris Feel So Close 201131 64
Rihanna You Da One 201147 127
Young Jeezy Leave you alone 201208 95
B.O.B So Good 201209 86
J. Jessie Domino 201135 127
Karmin Broken Hearted 201207 120
Pitbull/w Chris Brown International Love 201140 120
Jennifer Lopez Dance Again 201215 128
Chris Rene Young Homie 201209 80
LMFAO Sorry for Party Rockin 201201 134
Hot Chelle Rae I Like it Like That 201139 101
Bruno Mars It Will Rain 201140 75
David Guetta Without You 201136 128
J Cole Workout 201126 93
Selena Gomez Love you Like a Love Song 201131 119
Dev & Enrique Iglesias Naked 201201 125
Outasight Tonight is the Night 201142 120
Foster the People Don’t Stop 201146 133
Gym Class Heros Stereo Hearts 201125 91
Drake Headlines 201132 76
Jason Derulo It Girl 201133 92
LMFAO Sexy and I know it 201133 130
Lady Gaga Marry the Night 201145 131
Nicki Minaj-Rihanna Fly 201132 120
Maroon 5/Aguilera Moves Like Jagger 201132 128
Britney Spears I Wanna Go 201124 131
Enrique Iglesias I Like How it Feels 201139 128
LMFAO Party Rock Anthem 201102 131
Cobra Starship You Make Me Feel 201120 132
Alexandra Stan Mr. Saxobeat 201119 127
New Boyz Better with the Lights on 201120 112
Bad Meets Evil Lighters (squeaky clean) 201125 90
Kanye West All of the lights 201050 71
Nicki Minaj Super Bass 201115 127
Karmin Crash Your Party 201144 96
Sean Paul Got 2 Luv 201129 92
David Guetta Where them Girls at 201119 130
T-Pain Best Love Song 201108 81
Lady Gaga The Edge of Glory 201120 128
Chris Brown She Ain’t You 201114 91
Bruno Mars Lazy Song 201108 87
Beyonce Best Thing I Never Had 201124 100
Lupe Fiasco The Show Goes on 201045 72
Black Eyed Peas Just Can’t Get Enough 201106 94
Jennifer Lopez I’m Into You 201115 84
Wiz Khalifa Roll Up 201106 94
Adele Rolling in the Deep 201048 105
Britney Spears Til The World Ends 201111 133
Katy Perry ET 105
Tinie Tempah Written in the Stars 201104 93
Hold it against Me Britney Spears 201103 134
Lady Gaga Born This Way 201102 120
Usher More 201047 125
Enrique Iglesias Tonght 201047 126
Ke$ha Blow 201102 120
Pittbull Rain on Me 201125 128
Far East Movement Rocketeer 201047 96
Chris Brown Yeah 3X 201044 129
Katy Perry Firework 201041 124
Taio Cruise-Travie MacCoy Higher 201102 128
Nelly Gone 201101 73
Bruno Mars Grenade 201044 111
Chris Brown Deuces 201031 74
Rihanna What’s My Name 201043 100

Download a printable PDF copy of this list

DJs who play “Do Not Play” songs

Posted by: admin on 02/13/2014 Paypal paying DJs 2013

What really damages the school dance industry are those DJs who insist on playing inappropriate songs, and are tolerant of inappropriate dancing.  Administrators who are unable to control those DJs  that insist on crossing the line, many times choose to pull the plug on their school dances rather than condone unacceptable music and dancing.  Thus schools end up doing fewer dance events and there are fewer school gigs for the DJ industry.  The number of high school dances has been cut in half over the past decade, almost exclusively due to these lyric and dance issues.

Responsible DJs are proving every weekend, that dances can be fun, hugely popular and still be acceptable to the administrators.  Keep up the good fight!

I am always amazed at the DJs who ignore administration concerns and insist on satisfying their ego and bending to student pressure.  Likely they  won’t be invited back but event worse,  may have done irreparable damage to the dance program at the school.   Here is a comment from one such DJ in Riverside California:

That “do not play” list is ridiculous. Those are pretty much the biggest songs of the year and if you DJ ANY school dance and don’t play them, you will pretty much be labeled as the worst DJ alive. Please remove me from this email blast! Thank you.
Best Regards,

Nick Huicochea




Will Miley go to Prom

Posted by: admin on 02/11/2014 Screen Shot 2014-02-10 at 6.33.12 PM

Miley Cyrus responds to a fan’s invitation to go to prom.

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School Dance Network very much alive

Posted by: admin on 01/30/2014 please stand by

I got a call from New Orleans super star mobile DJ Rocky Bourg that gave me a poke- to post an update.  Thanks Rocky.

I realize the front blog post page here at the school dance network has been lying dormant for a while…..but believe me there is a lot going on behind the scenes.  Let me update.  Our DJ membership and school subscriber base had grown over the past couple of years to the point where it was time to do an upgrade in our site.  I hired a web guy to spearhead the project that was to be completed no later (absolutely) than January 1 2014.  With great hopes of an exciting launch, and plans to make a big splash with a vendor display showing off  the new site at Mobile Beat (next week) I was pumped.  January 1 came and went, and with more issues and challenges then had been expected….the new site is still readying for launch.  Hmmmm.  Very frustrating.   In the meantime, we have held steadfast to our content providing e-mails to our DJ members and to our school subscribers, sending our TOP 30 Safe Songs List (Mondays), our DO NOT PLAY list (Wednesdays)  and our bonus School Dance Content blog on Friday.  Our membership continues to grow, our subscribing schools  list continues to grow, and I am just so anxious to get the new roll out published.  Every time I get a web guy update, it is just going to be a day or so.   Now 30 “days-or-so” have passed with yet the latest word (yesterday)…it’ll be a day or so.

For those of you who have been patient…..when the new site launches look for easier use, updated look, and back to frequent content updates.   It’ll just be a day ….or so.

Ric Hansen



Top Play List

Posted by: admin on 01/08/2014

    From: Conrad Hayes

    I really appreciate the time and effort that you put into this information. School dances are a market that really has not been developed. I have had one of my contracts for over 11 years and it would be great to have several more. Thanks for the tips.

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