(dance) party for the people research site #3: PICA's 21st Bday Party

PICA turned 21 so we all got to get dressed up and drink and dance like grown ups.

What makes a good dance party?

(from left) Spencer, Roz, & Colin:   Bass. Sweaty beats.. gotta be sweaty! Hot temperatures and hot bodies. Available, free water. Restrooms with no lines. Cocktails with cherries at the bottom. Some kind of Adele singalong moment. Singalongs in general. Bey. You should show Lemonade. Current (pop culture) relevancy, no Katy Perry- she's over.

(from left) Spencer, Roz, & Colin: Bass. Sweaty beats.. gotta be sweaty! Hot temperatures and hot bodies. Available, free water. Restrooms with no lines. Cocktails with cherries at the bottom. Some kind of Adele singalong moment. Singalongs in general. Bey. You should show Lemonade. Current (pop culture) relevancy, no Katy Perry- she's over.

Mizu:   Good dancers. People who are going to explore possibilities of being in the space and in their bodies. Being surprised by the music. Various styles of music that aren't stuck in a single rhythm structure. Don't overthink dancing!

Mizu: Good dancers. People who are going to explore possibilities of being in the space and in their bodies. Being surprised by the music. Various styles of music that aren't stuck in a single rhythm structure. Don't overthink dancing!

Korel :  Smooth transitions between songs. Ambient lighting. Places to rest. Having a theme. Activities that people can choose to participate in or not. Having a good buddy to dance with and space you feel good in to hold it down together. 

Korel: Smooth transitions between songs. Ambient lighting. Places to rest. Having a theme. Activities that people can choose to participate in or not. Having a good buddy to dance with and space you feel good in to hold it down together. 

Mo & Linda:   Dark lighting. Not too much space but enough space. Permission to be crazy. At least one crazy dancer. Music has to be loud enough. The right inner body conditions. Freedom. Alcohol. Drugs. Sobriety. A little bit of disorientation. Expressive people.

Mo & Linda: Dark lighting. Not too much space but enough space. Permission to be crazy. At least one crazy dancer. Music has to be loud enough. The right inner body conditions. Freedom. Alcohol. Drugs. Sobriety. A little bit of disorientation. Expressive people.

(from left) Ana, Gracie, & Megan:   The right outfit. Enough bodies. A giant group of people. 90's Hip hop. Music that you know interspersed with music you wished you knew better. The right density of bodies in ratio to space. Good transitions between songs. Songs that aren't too chopped up by a DJ trying to be fancy. People who dance without caring, like they're just in their kitchen.

(from left) Ana, Gracie, & Megan: The right outfit. Enough bodies. A giant group of people. 90's Hip hop. Music that you know interspersed with music you wished you knew better. The right density of bodies in ratio to space. Good transitions between songs. Songs that aren't too chopped up by a DJ trying to be fancy. People who dance without caring, like they're just in their kitchen.

William & Grace (House of Aquarius):   Variety of music. Lots of rhythm, lots of bass. Soulful vocalists. House beats. Theme or intention of some sort. Enough space to dance. Accepting vibes. Engaging with others. Here's some advice: Don't be afraid, let yourself build on your own groove. Don't be afraid to stand out. Don't take things so seriously. Allow yourself to be led, see what other people do and get inspired. Allow yourself to be silly. Feel the music and don't do what you think you should do, do what you FEEL.

William & Grace (House of Aquarius): Variety of music. Lots of rhythm, lots of bass. Soulful vocalists. House beats. Theme or intention of some sort. Enough space to dance. Accepting vibes. Engaging with others. Here's some advice: Don't be afraid, let yourself build on your own groove. Don't be afraid to stand out. Don't take things so seriously. Allow yourself to be led, see what other people do and get inspired. Allow yourself to be silly. Feel the music and don't do what you think you should do, do what you FEEL.

GOOD KNEES! COMFORTABLE SHOES!!

Maria:   Sensual music. Lighting that isn't too revealing and leaves some mystery. A little bit of nostalgic tunes and throw backs. Good friends. Move your butt!

Maria: Sensual music. Lighting that isn't too revealing and leaves some mystery. A little bit of nostalgic tunes and throw backs. Good friends. Move your butt!

Robin:   When people are willing to let loose and interact. Engagement. A little bit of crazy. Spontaneity. Humor. No overthinking, sillyness instead.

Robin: When people are willing to let loose and interact. Engagement. A little bit of crazy. Spontaneity. Humor. No overthinking, sillyness instead.

Sarah & Giuliana:   People who are willing to be vulnerable with their bodies. A group agreement that no one has to be to cool. DJs that don't play for themselves but who feel the crowd. When people are expressive and their expression gives others the freedom to express. Enough space. Stop giving a fuck what other people think and just be there for yourself.

Sarah & Giuliana: People who are willing to be vulnerable with their bodies. A group agreement that no one has to be to cool. DJs that don't play for themselves but who feel the crowd. When people are expressive and their expression gives others the freedom to express. Enough space. Stop giving a fuck what other people think and just be there for yourself.

Matthew:   Willingness of people to be present. Open up. Whatever you do is fine!

Matthew: Willingness of people to be present. Open up. Whatever you do is fine!

Kelly:   When everyone is there to dance and they don't give a fuck. Small space so bodies are close. People's good energy. Good beats. When I can't lift my ass up off the floor. Good rhythms. Groovy, sexy, deep, soulful. African, Hip hop (old school and contemporary).

Kelly: When everyone is there to dance and they don't give a fuck. Small space so bodies are close. People's good energy. Good beats. When I can't lift my ass up off the floor. Good rhythms. Groovy, sexy, deep, soulful. African, Hip hop (old school and contemporary).