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There’s no better way to kick off the summer than a party, and it isn’t a party until the dancing starts. That’s why we’re planning our summer celebrations with our favorite dance TV shows in mind. Throw a Dancing with the Stars party that pairs younger dance teammates with your seniors as dance partners, or have a So You Think You Can Dance dance-off where you perform your favorite All-Star performances.

Set the Vibe

You can’t have a summer blowout party without invitations. This is one of the best parts. There are a few different ways you can include the theme of your favorite dance competition show in the invitations. Invite your guests with tickets to a live taping of an episode (don’t forget to name your episode!) or create your own classic SYTYCD golden ticket. Don’t forget to include the dress code there. Depending on the activities it could be fun to have everyone dress up in their “Hollywood best” or dancewear and dance costumes for your “competition.”

Make a Playlist

Music is one of the best parts of any party. Create your playlist ahead of time so you have the best beats going all night long. If your party is based on a specific season or your favorite episodes of a TV show, revisit your favorite performances and add those songs to your playlist. If your guests are part of the planning, create a shared playlist and let everyone add songs to it.


It wouldn’t be a dance party without the dancing. Pair random people together with a song for dance-offs. The winner gets a prize! Or, if you want to make it simpler or more low-key, teach some dance choreography or lessons. That way everyone can feel included regardless of their skill level or abilities.

Photo booth

Don’t forget the pictures! There are so many fun options for photos at a party. You could get a printout photo booth, or just set up a backdrop. Include fun props with your backdrop for some interactive pictures. This can be a group activity as well as a way to create memories! Provide or ask your guests to bring disposable cameras and set out stickers so they can decorate and personalize them.

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Trina Hannah is a graphic design major and dancer at Siena Heights University. She loves all things creative including photography, painting, and writing. Trina has a passion for helping other young women build up their self esteem and chase their dreams all while making a positive impact.