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In this section you will find Icebreaker Videos along with printable instructions on the appropriate way to perform these common guest interactive dances. Icebreakers are sorted alphabetically. Click on the description for detailed instruction or view the video to watch the Icebreaker being performed.

 
   

TRAINING VIDEOS

   
Signature Show Video

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The staple of Complete Music's show quality is the Signature Show training. This video will outline the Signature Show. Feel free to make notes and talk with your manager with any questions you may have.

 

CM Smile Video

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Customer service is the number one way to make a great first impression.  CM Smile is Be There, Choose Your Attitude, Play and Make Their Day.

 

 

   

ICEBREAKER VIDEOS

   
Bird (Chicken) Dance

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Set Up:  Use either the Tribute or the Toast to set it up.  First, tell the guests to raise their hands and form "beaks".  Make them chirp 4 times.  Second, have them form "wings", and flap 4 times.  Third, have them "shake their tail feathers" 4 times (really squat down when demonstrating this section).  Finally, have them clap their hands 4 times.  Announce that here is the Bird (Chicken) Dance, and help them get started.  After four times of doing the actions, have people "swing a partner" or "walk in a circle".

Options: You can also set it up by just telling everyone on the dance floor to just raise their hands and... (start with the first step).

Suggested Songs: "Bird (Chicken) Dance"

 

Cha-Cha Slide

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Set Up: (This is very similar to Electric Slide) Tell the guest you want to see as many lines of people as you can fit on the dance floor.  Facing one direction, they must spread out so that there’s about two feet between each one of them.  Start the song and join in listening to the lyrics to set up each move.  (If people requested it or already know it, just play the song and run out and join in).

Options: Set this up directly after the Electric Slide for a “rapid-fire” line dance medley.

Suggested Songs: "Cha-Cha Slide"

 

Circle Salute

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Set up:  At the end of the wedding reception, just before the last song, have all the guests come onto the dance floor.  Have them gather around the bride and groom or anniversary couple.

Have the guests repeat after you:
“(Bride and groom first names),” (crowd repeats)
“Thank you for letting us be a part of your special day,”
“Always remember that no matter where you go,”
“No matter what you do,”
“You will always have family and friends who love you,”
“And we all wish you—a wonderful life together.”

Have all the guests close in on the bride and groom for a group hug, then play an appropriate slow song to finish the dance.  This is usually the bride and groom spotlight song again.

Suggested Songs:  Bride and groom spotlight song, or any other slow song

 

Conga Line

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Set Up: Start the song and go out on the dance floor and start the "follow-the-leader" line.  Or, if your system has a wireless microphone, grab the wireless microphone or give it to one of the guests and start the "follow-the-leader" line dance.  Really encourage involvement from all the guests.  Have them leave the dance floor and go around the room. 

Options: Have a contest with two or three lines, the most creative line wins.  Part way through the song have the last person in the line be the leader, simply announce to turn around and let the last person lead now.

Suggested Songs: "Conga;" "Hot Hot Hot"

 

Cotton Eyed Joe

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Set Up: If you are in an area that does this dance, simply announce it and the guest will know how to do it.  Sometimes the guests will call this "The Bull Shit Song", and they may sing along so use your discretion at some events.  *Do not announce it as “The Bull Shit Song!

Options: Play the regular version first, then mix into the fast version, then finish up with the techno.

Suggested Songs: "Cotton Eyed Joe" (Slow, Fast, or Techno Versions)

 

Cupid Shuffle

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Set Up: Have the guests line up, facing the DJ booth, just like for the Electric Slide.  During the song, follow the four simple steps.  Each step is done to a four-count, making this dance very easy to learn quickly.

Take four steps to the right.  (Step sideways with your right foot and then follow with your left.)
Take four steps to the left.  (Step sideways with your left foot and then follow with your right.)
Kick you right foot out, tap your heel, and bring it back (all in one count).  Kick your left foot out, tap your heel, and bring it back.  Do this with each foot once again.
Walk it out by moving slowly to the left one-quarter turn.  After four counts, start back at step one.

Options: When stepping to the right or left, step three times like normal, then take an exaggerated step and slide your other foot together.

Suggested Songs: "Cupid Shuffle”

 

Electric Slide

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Set Up: Tell the guest you want to see as many lines of people as you can fit on the dance floor.  Facing you, they must spread out so that there’s about two feet between each one of them.  Once you walk through these steps, if needed, start the song and join in (if people requested it or already know it, just play the song and run out and join in).

1. Turn your back to the audience (you need to face the same direction before you begin).
2. Take three steps (four-count) to the right and clap (count the steps!).
3. Take three steps (four-count) to the left and clap (count the steps!) (you will now be back at the starting point).
4. Take three steps (four-count) backwards and clap (count the steps!)
5. Lean forward (two-counts), almost touch the ground.
6. Lean backward (two-counts), throw right hand back.
7. And kick your right leg forward.  (Two-counts, and pick up the right leg and make a quarter turn left (90 degrees) Start again immediately).

Options: As the guest get more comfortable with the steps, add turns and encourage people to show individual originality (moves).

Suggested Songs: "Electric Boogie;" "Shall We Dance”

Note: Many Country Line Dances can be done similar to the Electric Slide except steps 5 and 6 you "rock and stomp.” If some guests are doing it a different way, encourage others to join in. 

 

Flying Dutchman

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Set Up: Play a polka just before the Flying Dutchman.  Half way through that polka, announce that: "The Flying Dutchman is coming up next, be thinking of your partners."  When you are starting the Flying Dutchman, announce: "Here is the Flying Dutchman, two guys and a gal, or two gals and a guy."  Encourage everyone to get involved and join in a group of three.  The song has a slow verse, then a fast chorus (no lyrics).  During the slow part the group will:  skip-hop-hop, skip-hop-hop, etc.  Then when the fast part starts instruct them to swing a partner ( or "doe-see-doe").  During the swinging part really, really encouraging the group to hoop and holler, scream, yell and/or whistle.

Options: Part way through the song, (during the slow part) announce: "Are you getting tired?"...."Well good (assume they are not - even though they are), because this particular version of the Flying Dutchman has 29 verses.  But if you really whoop and holler during the next swing part, I may cut it a little short.  " If you cut it short, do so after the swinging part, and announce: "give yourselves a big round of applause".

Suggested Songs: "Flying Dutchman"

Important Note:  The Complete Music CD library version is very short, during a pause between the fast part and the slow part skip back to the beginning of the song on your CD player.  This can be done two or three times to lengthen the Icebreaker.  (If you play it several times you may need to cut it short during the second or third time.  The song also seems to stop after some of the swing verses, but if only pauses for a second.  This is a great time to announce the "tired" statement.)

 

Hand Jive

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Set Up: Simply start the song and demonstrate through the first few times.  (if people requested it or already know it, just play the song and run out and join in).

1. Slap your thighs twice.
2. Clap twice.
3. Pass right hand over left twice (palm down).
4. Pass left hand over right twice (palm down).
5. Hit right fist on left fist twice.
6. Hit left fist on right fist twice.
7. Point right thumb over right shoulder twice.
8. Point left thumb over left shoulder twice.
9. Start again - immediately! 

Suggested Songs: "Willie And The Hand Jive"

 

Hokey Pokey

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Set Up: Use either the Tribute or the Toast to set it up.  Then simply play the song, the verses explain exactly how the moves are done.

Suggested Songs: "Hokey Pokey"

 

Limbo

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Set Up: Select two people to hold the limbo bar or cord and announce and encourage people to line up behind the limbo bar (have the line come toward the system).  Have the holders slowly lower the bar after all the "limbo-ers" have gone under once.  The only rules are you can’t touch the bar and you can’t touch the floor with any part of your body except your feet.
 
Options: Use other beach songs or reggae song for Caribbean fun.  Any other upbeat song may work.

Suggested Songs: "The Limbo;" "Hot, Hot, Hot"

Love Theme

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Set Up: The Love Theme is done by finding outgoing tables of guests.  Set one of those tables up to sing a song with the word “love” in the title (or as a part of the lyrics).  Have the table start to clink glasses then have the bride and groom kiss.  Then announce that, from now on, in order for the bride and groom to kiss, an entire table will need to stand and sing a song with the word “love” in the title.  Announce that you have a table ready to demonstrate.  Have the table sing their song, then have the bride and groom kiss.  Use your discretion if you want to allow small groups of people to sing.

Options: Another way to announce this “different way” of encouraging the bride and groom to kiss is like this:  “Ladies and gentlemen, let’s try something different; we are going to make you work a bit.  In order for the bride and groom to kiss this evening (or from now on), a group of at least three people must sing a song with the word love in it.  We have a group ready to go right now.”

Suggested Songs:  No music is needed

 

Lost That Loving Feeling

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Set up:  Bring the best man up to the dance floor and have him get down on one knee.  Then have the bride sit down on his knee; photographers love that shot.  Bring all the single men to the dance floor.  Announce: “now that the bride is no longer available, we want all the single men to show their sorrow through song.  When I start the song, these gentlemen will serenade the bride.”  Start the music and encourage these gentlemen to sing as loud as possible.  When they get to the chorus, have all the men get down on one knee.  After the first chorus, have the guests give the single men a round of applause. 

Suggested Song:  “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling”

 

Macarena

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Set Up: Simply start the song and demonstrate through the first few times.  (if people requested it or already know it, just play the song and run out and join in).

1. Extend right hand out palm down.
2. Extend left hand out palm down.
3. Turn right hand over.
4. Turn left hand over.
5. Cross right hand over to left elbow joint.
6. Cross left hand over to right elbow joint.
7. Place right hand behind right ear.
8. Place left hand behind left ear.
9. Cross right hand over to left hip (in front).
10. Cross left hand over to right hip (in front).
11. Place right hand on right butt cheek.
12. Place left hand on left butt cheek.
13. Wiggle right, left, right, “Hey Macarena”.
14. Turn 1/4 to the left - Start again immediately.

Suggested Songs: “Macarena”

 

Macho Man

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Set Up: After you have the guests on the dance floor (maybe after the stroll), have the girls roll up the pant legs of the guys, pull their socks down, loosen up their tie, unbutton their shirt, and roll up their sleeves.  Then dance with their Macho Man or Sharp Dressed Man.
 
Suggested Songs: "Macho Man;" "Sharp Dressed Man"

 

Pass The Buck

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Set up: Announce during dinner for one person at each table to stand up showing a One-Dollar Bill.  Then announce that you will be passing the bill, like musical chairs, around the table to music and it cannot be dropped.  And that when the music stops, they “do not” want to be holding that bill.  Start the music and “pass the buck”.  After you stop the music, the person with the buck is “one buck” richer and gets to be the “table captain”.  It’s the table captain’s job to take care of their table for the remainder of the dinner.

Suggested Songs: Any upbeat song can be used

 

Rope A Dope

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Set Up: Tell the guests you want to see as many lines of people as you can fit on the dance floor.  Have them spread out so that there’s about two feet between each one of them.  Once you walk through these steps, if needed, start the song and join in (if people requested it or already know it, just play the song and run out and join in).

1. Turn your back to the audience (you need to face the same direction before you begin).
2. Roll your right hand twice to the left, chin high.
3. Roll your left hand twice to the right, chin high.
4. Roll your right hand twice to the left, knee high.
5. Roll your left hand twice to the right, knee high.
6. Jab twice with your right hand to the left, chin high.
7. Jab twice with your left hand to the right, chin high.
8. Jab twice with your right hand to the left, knee high.
9. Jab twice with your left hand to the right, knee high.
10. Repeat steps 6-9, jabbing once each time instead of twice.
11. Power punch from low to high with your right hand while turning to the left and beginning again.

Suggested Songs: "Stayin’ Alive,” by N-Trance; “Sumpin’ New (1,2,3,4),” by Coolio; “Just Got Paid,” by N’Sync

 

Slow Ladies Choice

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Set Up: Select a romantic slow song, a request, and announce that this is a slow ladies choice.  Ladies need to ask any man of their choice to dance. 
 
Suggested Songs: Any slow song

 

Sports Theme (Upbeat) Introduction

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Set Up:  On the pre-call get the names and pronunciation of all the bridesmaids and groomsmen, where they are from, and relation to the bride or groom.

1. As the wedding party enters the building inform them that you will be introducing them as soon as the bride and groom arrive.  Double check names so that you have them correct.
2. Once the bride and groom arrive, line up the wedding party in reverse order for example: bridesmaid, groomsman, bridesmaid, groomsman, maid of honor, best man, bride and groom.
3. Instruct them that you will bring them into the room as individuals, just like a basketball team lineup, except for the bride and groom —always bring them in as a couple.
4. Instruct them to jog out on the dance floor with a lot of energy.  Have the first person entering the room stop in the middle of the dance floor and face the crowd.
5. Then explain that the next person in line jogs up to first person gives high fives, and then stand side-by-side facing the crowd.
6. Tell the rest of the wedding party to do the same thing.
7. Explain to the bride and groom there will be a pause before they enter the room and that they will be coming in together.
8. Go to the Complete Music system and start the song.  Then after a few seconds, lower the music volume and announce (over the top of the music), with a lot of hype: “ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the fabulous Holiday Inn for tonight’s wedding reception.  At  this time, I would like to introduce your Smith (grooms last name) wedding party.  Ladies and gentlemen, put your hands together for our first bridesmaid, the sister of the bride, all the way from Denver, Colorado, Sally Miller.”
9. Announce the rest of the wedding party in the same fashion.  As soon as the entire wedding party has been introduced, announce: “ladies and gentlemen, please rise at this time and welcome with your applause, the couple you’ve all been waiting for, Mr. & Mrs.  John Smith.”

Suggested Songs: "Sirius;" "Rock and Roll Part 2;" College Fight Song, or requested song

Hints: This introduction will get the crowd into the reception from the very start.  When you’re lining up the wedding party, try to get the excited before they come in.  Make sure to clear it with the bride and groom on the pre-call.  Obviously, this can only work if most of the guests arrive before the wedding party.

Options: Use this as a way to draw attention to homecoming royalty, company party committee, etc.  Get the names, height, possibly age of the people to be introduced and use it for added intensity to the introduction. 

 

Stroll

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Set Up: Ask the guests to form two lines (one of girls and one of guys - facing each other).  Have the lines "grapevine" (step right, behind, right, clap - then reverse it).  Then encourage the end couple to dance (uniquely) through the center of the lines to the other end.  The next couple does the same and so on.
 
Options: Any upbeat song will work for this icebreaker, so have fun with it.

Suggested Songs: "The Stroll;" "Hang On Sloopy;" "Mustang Sally"

 

Snowball Dance

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Set Up: Immediately following the wedding party dance (spotlight songs) or after getting a "core group" on the dance floor; tell the group on the dance floor that this will be the Snowball Dance.  Explain that when you say "snowball", they are to go and get a new partner, someone not dancing and bring them out on the dance floor.  Announce "snowball" three or four times during the snowball song, based upon the number of guests dancing or the length of song(s).  Do not announce "snowball" too quickly, allow guests to find their partner and return to the dance floor.
 
Options: A fun option is to use celebrity sound bites from the SHOW EHANCER CD to create “CELEBRITY SNOWBALL” —simply play a sound bite instead of saying “snowball”. 

Suggested Songs: "Swing The Mood;" "Celebration;" a couple of fast 50's songs, county songs, etc.  (Use one of the popular requests from the crowd.)

Note:  The Snowball Dance can be done more than once in an evening and whenever you have a group of people on the dance floor. 

 

YMCA

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Set Up: Simply play the song.  Encourage the crowd to create the letters YMCA during the chorus.  Most people will know the song.

Suggested Songs: "YMCA"

   

OTHER TRAINING VIDEOS

   
Dance Craze

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Set Up:  This icebreaker can be set up using the wedding party, or in advance by asking a sponsor or the bride and groom to give you the names of 5-6 people (or couples) who would be enthusiastic participants, or can be set up using “Pass the Buck”, utilizing the people who end up holding the buck at the end of the game.

You’ll need as many chairs in a line on the dance floor as there are participants.  Being prepared ahead of time will make this icebreaker flow much more smoothly.   Have the CDs laid out in the order that you will use them in, as there will not be much time between each dance to cue your music.   

Introducing each participant by asking their name and what they do or how they know the bride and groom is a good way to loosen them up, and will give you the opportunity to feel out how each one will react to a specific dance assignment. 

Each participant will be assigned a dance personality and/or a type of dance to enact and, once the music starts, they will dance for 20-30 seconds. As each person finishes their dance ask for a round of applause, have them sit back in their chair on the dance floor, and cue up your next song.  At the end you can have a panel of judges determine a winner (the head table or homecoming/prom court works) or you can have the winner chosen by round of applause.  At this point you may hand out a prize to the winner or simply crown the most creative/enthusiastic individual the Dance Craze Champion for the evening. 

You will only use 5 or 6 of the styles below during this icebreaker, or can create your own unique Dance Craze. 

Suggested Dance Styles and Songs (Dance in the style of):

MICHAEL JACKSON - ”Billie Jean”
ROBOT - ”Pump Up The Jam”
SEXIEST DANCE - ”I’m Too Sexy”
DISCO - ”Staying Alive”
80’s DANCE MOVES - ”Footloose”
AIR GUITAR - ”Thunderstuck”
ELVIS - ”Jailhouse Rock”
TWIST - ”The Twist”
MC HAMMER - ”U Can’t Touch This”
BREAK DANCE - ”It Takes Two

 

 

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