Tuesday Top 5

Tuesday Top 5: Light Up Your Event with Dance Floors that Glow

Event Planner: Clementine Custom Events | Venue: Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel | Photographer: Jason Kaczorowski Photography

For this week’s Tuesday Top 5 — where we pause to marvel and share a specific element, image, or detail from events we love — we’re focused on fun and innovative light-up dance floors.

John Travolta striking a disco pose, finger pointed to the sky, on a colorfully-lit dance floor in Saturday Night Fever is an iconic American movie moment (and, incidentally, the best thing about that movie). Now you can strike your own pose on upgraded dance floors beckoning boogie-babies to get down all night at fun celebrations. The new hot trend of dance floors lit from underneath do John’s one better — whereas his flashed squares of the same colors over and over, modern incarnations offer the ability to sweep colors and patterns in tune with music, slowly change colors to evolve an event’s mood, or even create guest interaction with LED floors that react to motion.

1. Neon Bat Mitzvah

Eighties neon is back with a totally modern twist at this Bat Mitzvah celebration at Washington D.C.’s Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium. Creatively planned by EVOKE and designed by Revolution Event Design & Production, the party featured a whirlwind of bright colors centered by an awesome neon-lined dance floor. We love how the dance floor crawls up the steps to the stage, welcoming guests young and old to conga right up onto the platform. The event included other rad details like lit-up escort cards, neon pillows glowing under black lights from Frost Lighting, and a dessert conveyor belt offering a sweet ending from Occasions Caterers.

2. Xtreme Bar Mitzvah

The first social event at Miami’s new Frost Museum of Science was “Xtremely” perfect for Tucker’s extreme sports-themed Bar Mitzvah celebration from Chris Weinberg Events. The team transformed the aquarium into a crazy-fun extreme action park with dynamic exhibits like a cool surfing adventure and made great use of the venue’s permanent interactive LED dance floor (which can also feature logos or images). We love how guests were able to trigger colors and graphics with their dancing feet and how the light-up stage coordinated with the pumping tunes for a memorable party they’ll be telling all of their friends about.

3. Color-Shifting Luxe Wedding

This stunning Chicago wedding at the city’s landmark Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel featured a statement-making dance floor. Clementine Custom Events curated gorgeous nuptials followed by a reception anchored by a lit-from-beneath dance floor. We love how the floor glowed white for the first dance then slowly shifted to a gorgeous turquoise blue as the evening evolved and more guests joined the couple on the dance floor. Jason Kaczorowski Photography, perfectly captured the changing mood lighting, the towering arch of the ceiling, and every single happy glance.

4. Disco-Themed Company Holiday Party

TINSEL Experiential Design planned, and produced this annual holiday party for Droga5’s more than 400 employees. The dis5o themed event, which took place at New York’s versatile Industria, featured 50 gold disco balls suspended from the ceiling over a technicolor dance floor. We especially love how the lit floor reflected in the disco balls to project celestial visions around the entire space. Pegasus Projections provided pitch-perfect lighting while a mirror-beaded curtain served as a groovy backdrop for curvy velvet lounge areas complete with floor pillows (of course) for impromptu perching.

5. Digitally-Mapped Gala

Frost Productions worked with the team at The Metropolitan Museum of Art to turn the famed Temple of Dendur into a living set piece conceived by the artist Katherine Bernhardt for this annual Apollo Circle Benefit. They digitally-mapped the 80-foot south wall of the gallery with video content from the artist, which transitioned through three phases — morning, dusk, and evening to offer guests an evolving sensory experience. The team continued the innovation with a dance floor and DJ booth constructed of digital LED tiles which mirrored a contemporary adaptation of the hieroglyphic symbol for water in a modern chevron design, meant to infer dancing on water. Other graphic layers were integrated with syncing beats from DJ Grandmaster Flash for the benefit gala.

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