The chief ingredient of pool party entertainment is the music presented in accordance with the wishes of those in attendance, purely for their listening enjoyment. Always family-oriented and appropriate, the music is reproduced clearly throughout the pool area, but not so loud as to intrude on conversation. To enhance the fun, Music on the Strand's DJ ENTERTAINMENT periodically provides the following pool area games, contests, and dance routines. Everyone involved is always rewarded for their participation, whether they win or not.
GAMES & CONTESTS
ON THE POOL DECK
CONTESTS & RACES
IN THE WATER
JUST FOR FUN
Balloon Dance Marathon (to a Medley of Slow Dance Songs) - Dance couples each must hold up a balloon filled with water between their bodies as they dance to the music. At no time may they touch the balloon with their hands. If the balloon falls to the ground they are out. The last couple holding up the balloon wins.  Back To Top

Dance Contests (Twist, Shag, Jitterbug, Free Style, Etc., Single Contestants, Couples) - Contestants dance in the middle of a large circle formed by everyone in attendance. Once the music starts, contestants can be eliminated by "tapping out" the majority and narrowing the competition down to a few finalists. These finalists have a dance-off and the judges (everyone in the circle) choose the winner(s) by making noise for their favorite contestant as the DJ places his hand over the contestant's head.   Back To Top

Hula Hoop Event (to a variety of Disco Music) - Whoever can last the longest while spinning the hoop around their waist, wins. Five contestants compete at a time with the winner of each "heat" remaining to compete in the final round. Back To Top

Limbo Event (to a medley of Limbo music) - A "Sheriff Limbo Tyrant Man" and two "Deputies" to judge the contest and hold the limbo pole are selected and adorned. Whoever can go the lowest with only their feet touching the ground, wins.  Back To Top   Back To Pool Party Main Page

Musical Chairs (to "Sweet Georgia Brown" by the Dukes of Dixieland) - Contestants are seated in a line of chairs facing opposite directions. When the music starts, one chair is taken away, as contestants walk around the chairs in single file. When the music stops each has to find a seat. The process continues until there's only one chair left. The one who can get in that chair wins.  Back To Top

Name That Tune (using a variety of old and new TV Show Themes) - Contestants and a judge are selected. The contestants sit facing the judge whose job it is to determine which contestant is the first to respond to the music. The first contestant who can give the correct name to five TV shows wins.  Back To Top

Poolside Simon Says (to "Morning dance" by Spyro Gyra) - All contestants stand in front of "Simon" who through a quick changing set of gestures and commands, directs the players to do what he says. If any of them do so when he doesn't say, "Simon Says," they are out. Those remaining after a few moments win.   Back To Top

Thread the Needle (to the music “Pick Up The Pieces” by The Average White Band) - All players join hands in a circle with a hula hoop hanging from one person’s arm. When the music starts, play begins, the person with the hoop must step though it and pass it to a neighboring player without letting go of that person’s hands. The next player then does the same thing. Whoever has the hoop when the music stops is “out.” Play continues like “Musical Chairs” until only one person is left—the winner. The game can also be played as a race with teams lined up with separate hoops. The quickest team to pass the hoop from the first person in line to the last, wins. Back To Top

Walla Balla (to the music “Shake Your Booty” by KC and the Sunshine Band) - Up to sixteen people, four players at a time strap on a Walla Balla belt. The object of the game is to move your hips and body (no hands allowed) and swing the ball, that's hanging from the end of the string, into one of the 3 baskets. (Three minute time limit.) First to get their ball in wins that round. The winners of each round get a chance to be in the playoff against the other winners.   Back To Top

Water Balloon Toss (to the music of "Soul Bossa Nova" by Quincy Jones) - Teams of two stand facing each other in a line four feet apart. One at a time, each pair of contestants must toss a water balloon to each other. Those who catch it without it breaking, move back one foot at a time, and toss the balloon again. The last team left with their water balloon intact, wins.  Back To Top

Balloon Stuff (to the music “Eat It” by Wierd Al Yankovich) - Teams of four, one "stuffy" and three "stuffers." The "stuffy" puts on an oversized t-shirt, and the "stuffers" blow up balloons and stuff them under the t-shirt of the "stuffy". The team with the most balloons under the shirt in three minutes, wins.  Back To Top

Balloon Relay (to the music "Wipe Out" by the Surfaris) - Teams of two or more line up in the shallow end of the pool. One team member has a blown up balloon and must swim with it across the pool and back, handing it off to his teamate who does the same. If a team lets go of their balloon, they're out of the race. The first team with all it's members racing back and forth with the balloon, wins.  Back To Top

Beach Ball Throw (to the music "Calypso Breakdown" by Ralph McDonald) - Teams of two face off, one member holding the beach ball. When they are comfortable with the distance of their choice, one team member throws or hits the ball to the other. If the ball is caught, then their distance is recorded. The furthest distance wins.   Back To Top

Big Splash Contest (accompanied by a medley of Reggae) - Contestants of the same age group compete to make the tallest splash.   Back To Top

Biggest Baddest Belly Flop (to an instrumental medley of Hip Hop) - Limited to contestants 18 years and older, each participant gets one chance to belly flop into the pool. Judged on form, attitude and noise at impact, the contestant who gets the loudest cheers wins.  Back To Top

Boogie Board Race (to the music "Walk Don't Run" by the Ventures, "Born to Boogie" by Hank Williams, Jr.) - A Timer and Signal Person are selected to start each heat and record the best time. On signal each contestant rides a boogie board for a specified length of the pool. The best time wins.  Back To Top

Dive For Prizes (to whatever's playing at the time) - A quantity of pennies are thrown into the shallow end of the pool. On signal, anyone who desires can find as many as they are able (or want) and exchange each for a piece of candy.  Back To Top

Free-Style Swimming Race (to "Tequila" by The Champs, "Pipeline" by The Chantays, "Sabre Dance" by Khatchaturian) - For a designated distance of the pool, by age groups, swimmers race using any type of stroke they desire.   Back To Top

Hang On to the Beach Ball (to an instrumental medley of Hip Hop) One at a time, contestants jump on top of an oversized beach ball and try to hold on without rolling off. Longest time wins.    Back To Top

Huggy Bear (to the music “We Are Family” by Sister Sledge) - All contestants must be in the pool. Everyone dances to the music. When a number is called out, those playing must get into groups of that number. Anyone not in a group of that number is out.  Back To Top

Noodle Race (to the music "Chatahoochie" by Alan Jackson) A Timer and Starter Person are chosen to record the best time and start each heat.  All contestants line up at one side of the pool, straddling a "noodle" which, on signal, they must ride for a set distance. If they lose the noodle, they're "disqualified." The best time wins.   Back To Top

Ping Pong Race (to "Topsy Part 2" by Cozy Cole) Each contestant gets a ping pong ball and line up on one side of the pool. On signal they must blow the ping pong ball through the water while swimming to the other side, turn around and blow the ball back. They can only move the ball by blowing it, and may not use their hands, or head, or splash the ball. The first one back with their ping pong ball, wins.  Back To Top

Smallest Splash (to a medley of Jimmy Buffet Music) Contestants assemble at the deep end and in turn enter the water and try not to splash. The one who has the most negligible splash, wins.  Back To Top

Underwater Swimming Competition (to an instrumental medley of lyrical jazz) Contestants of the same age group line up along the deep end of the pool and one by one enter the water and swim as far as they can under the surface, on one breath. The person who swims the furthest, wins.   Back To Top

Cha Cha Slide (to “The Cha Cha Slide Part 2” by Casper) - In and out of the pool, line dancing at a faster tempo for young and old, this slide provides a lot of opportunities for the dancers to “express themselves.”   Back To Top

Charleston Shuffle (to “Plastic Dreams: by Jaydee) - Often referred to as the “New Electric Slide,” the Charleston Shuffle is a line dance that is fun to learn and especially captivating to watch.  Back To Top

Cotton-Eyed Joe (to “Cotton-Eyed Joe” by Rednex) - Great to bring out the “Yee-Hahs!”  this fast-paced number is an easily-taught country line dance.  Back To Top

Conga Line (to “Shake Sonora” by the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, “Hot, Hot, Hot” by Buster Poindexter, “Conga” by Gloria Estefan, etc.) - Whether spontaneous or staged, with or without the hands on the hips of the person in front, with or without conga sleeves and maracas, winding its way around the pool, the conga line can enliven a happening pool party like no other activity.  Back To Top

Dance Showcase (to the music required by the dancers) - A dance demonstration by a group of trained young dancers who are competing at an organized dance festival, holding their gathering along the Grand Strand, is normally a very entertaining poolside event.   Back To Top

Electric Slide (to “Electric Boogie” by Marcia Griffiths, “Pink Cadillac” by Aretha Franklin, “Candy” by Cameo, “Mustang Sally” by Wilson Pickett, “Got To Give It Up” by Marvin Gaye, etc.) - In or out of the pool, this is STILL the line dancing mainstay with endless variations.  Back To Top

John Travolta Dance (to “Ladies Night” by Kool & the Gang, “Night Fever” by the Bee Gees) - Taken from the movie “Saturday Night Fever,” this line dance creates a spectacle, featuring a variety of the classic John Travolta disco moves, transforming those doing it on the pool deck into impressive "floor show entertainers."   Back To Top

Macarena (to “The Macarena” by Los Del Rios) - Eight moves that can be done standing in place and taking a quarter turn to the left, or as an uncanny conga line. The moves can be transferred to a variety of other dances.  Back To Top

Party Train (to “C’mon Ride It” by Quad City DJs, “Love Train” by the O’Jays, “Locomotion” by Kyle Minogue, etc.) Great for sparking the party up a notch, especially when staged with a charismatic “engineer.”   Back To Top

Waterlogged Chicken Dance (to “Chicken Dance” by Gotman Sauerkraut Band) German circle dance for young and old, roosters and hens—we do it “southern style!” and at a pool party, we do it in the water!   Back To Top


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