TCFM has built a new way for students to connect and have virtual dance parties during the COVID pandemic. Entitled “You! Me! Dancing!,” these two-hour blocks of dance music on Saturday nights are designed to help students have fun and connect with friends remotely.
The music plays from 8 p.m to 10 p.m. each Saturday night, with new playlists rotating in every two weeks. Organizers wanted to solve the problem of having no in-person school dances due to COVID-19, and chose TCFM as the way to do so.
“We started doing live DJ events last year with the TCFM students and both learned a lot and had a lot of fun,” TCFM advisor Greg Janda said. “With this block, we’re doing some of the same things — picking songs, making a playlist, creating a theme and vibe — just not in-person.”
Some of the two-hour blocks will be done with live DJs from TCFM while others will be pre-recorded mixes that keep the music flowing. In fact, the first group of tracks playing on Jan. 16 and 23 is entitled “The Flow.”
“It’s a mix of some of the latest songs — I think Dua Lipa and Doja Cat are the newest — plus some classic dance tracks from Daft Punk and The Chemical Brothers mixed in with some deeper cuts from The Knocks and MADMADMAD. It’s a flow of tracks that should keep people dancing,” Janda said about the playlist.
Future mixes will include themed nights for specific decades or genres, plus take requests from listeners.
“We have some ideas like 80s, disco, and remix nights, but we’re also listening to requests from people. If there’s a demand for a full K-POP dancing night, we’ll figure it out,” Janda said. Listeners can request specific nights or songs via firstname.lastname@example.org or by sending a message on Twitter to @TimberCreekFM.
Check out the video promo for the events below: