Open Dancing


DJ Tasks & Responsibilities

TLDR: As a DJ, you are responsible for Open Dancing and the minor logistics that come with it for that evening.

  1. Getting keys ๐Ÿ”‘
    1. During the semester there may already be a dance class beforehand. In that case you need to do nothing.
    2. Otherwise, you need to pick up the keys at the ISC HG desk.
    3. ISC knows about us, just tell them that you are from TQ and would like to borrow the keys for Alumnipavillon.
      1. ISC is open until 17:00 =>  Make a calendar reminder! (smile)
  2. Play music! ๐ŸŽถ
    1. Create a playlist.
      1. See "Order of Dances" below.
      2. See Playlists for inspiration.
      3. Optional: Provide a printed list of songs and the corresponding dances - it is always greatly appreciated by the dancers (wink)
      4. If your playlist is public, please consider sending it to, so we can include it into our collection.
    2. Bring your own device.
    3. The Alumnipavillon has a multimedia station with multiple ways to connect:
      1. Use an AUX cable:
        1. The big black-ish container has a built-in drawer that contains many cables - pick the AUX cable.
        2. Connect the AUX cable to your device and to the AUX input of the smaller, white box (AUX input is grouped together with VGA)
        3. Use the sound-system tablet to turn on the entire thing
        4. Once the system is up and running: Use the sound-system tablet and click on Room > Devices. Select VGA as input.
        5. Note. There is a volume knob on the large black-ish container (right-most knob). You may need to turn it up to max.
      2. Use HDMI:
        1. Same steps as for AUX, just replace AUX/VGA with HDMI in the description above.
        2. On the tablet: Click "Mute Screen" if you want to turn off the projector.
      3. Use the wireless system:
        1. โš ๏ธ This is not recommended for playing music. Especially on Android the sound quality can be bad. You can still use it to share slides.
        2. Download the Solstice App for Windows, Mac, iPad, iPhone, or Android: 
        3. Turn on the system using the sound-system tablet. Be sure to also turn on the projector.
        4. Open the Solstice App on your device and follow the instructions in the app. The room number and PIN code are displayed on the projector screen.
        5. If you do not want to share your screen, click "Mute Screen" on the sound-system tablet
  3. Preparation of the room ๐Ÿงน
    1. Roll up the roll-up. The bag is usually stored behind the sliding door next to the kitchen. Polyband also has their stuff there, the roll-up is on the left. ๐Ÿ›ผ
    2. Put up awareness posters in the restroom. You can find them in the box. If you're also awareness contact person, wear the red TQ-shirt.
    3. Fans ๐Ÿ’จ
      1. There are fans/ventilators in one of the cupboards. If it is hot in summer, consider setting them up.
  4. Close the windows at 10pm ๐ŸชŸ ๐Ÿ’ค
    1. Nachtruhe. People live close by, they want to sleep.
  5. At the end ๐Ÿ
    1. Take down awareness posters and store them in the box.
    2. Roll down the roll-up and put it behind the sliding door next to the kitchen. Polyband also has their stuff there, the roll-up should be on the left.
    3. Make sure the room is left precisely as described on the panel next to the entrance:
    4. If someone forgot some items (e.g. dance shoes), bring them to the ISC HG - there's the official ETH Lost & Found.
    5. Turn off the lights. ๐Ÿ’ก
    6. Lock the door.
  6. Returning keys ๐Ÿ”‘
    1. Return the keys on Tuesday to ISC HG. โ€“ Otherwise they might get mad at TQ.
    2. If you have access to HG with your Legi, you can also drop the key in the box right next to the ISC desk on Monday night.

Order of Dances

We strongly recommend you to stick to the following order of dances!

Open Dancing

The Standard and Latin blocks are in the same order as in a competition. Everything else is mixed around these two blocks.
You can start with any block (i.e. Salsa & Bachata does not need to be the first block).

  • Salsa & Bachata Block
    • Salsa
    • Bachata
  • Standard Block
    • English Waltz
    • English Tango
    • Viennese Waltz
    • Slow Fox (every other block)
    • Quickstep
  • Popular Dances Block
    • Disco Fox
    • Lindy Hop / Charleston (occasionally)
  • Optional: Additional Salsa & Bachata Block
    • Salsa
    • Bachata
  • Latin Block
    • Samba (every other block)
    • Cha Cha Cha
    • Rumba
    • Paso Doble (every other block)
    • Jive

  • Special Dances Block

    • Tango Argentino (a few times per evening)

    • Kizomba (maybe once)

    • Zouk (maybe once)

See the Playlists page for song suggestions.

Beginners Open Dancing

Please stick to the following order of dances for the Beginners Open Dancing:

  • English Waltz
  • Pick one per round: Tango / Viennese Waltz / Quickstep
  • Discofox
  • Cha Cha
  • Rumba every other round
  • Jive

Latino Open Dancing

See Latino Open dancing

DJ Benefits

  1. Get to attend the TQ helpers dinner!
  2. One voucher for a free class!
    1. Max 1 voucher per semester.
    2. Prerequisite: be DJ at at least 2 evenings that semester.
    3. Contact the DJ Coordinator to get your voucher.