In Simplified Mode DJ operates as a really good music/video dance player. DJ lets you select a dance by name, play & switch between the video and audio (and cue sheet) files, set and jump to bookmarks in the dance, slow the video down, jump forward and back in the video, and more.

    Simplified Features
  • Bookmarks are "markers" that you can place in the dance at spots such as specific figures - places that you may want the music to start playing. Bookmarks "carry over" between media files - in other words, if you set them on one recording of a dance, they are available in your other recordings of that dance.
  • DJ lists your dances by name (although you can sort them in other ways too) and helps you find the one you want by just starting to type its name.
  • You can have DJ start playing the dance at the point in the recording where the dance actually starts - skipping any long introduction.
  • You can Export all the information you have put into DJ (data, not media files) to a separate file that you can use as a backup, or copy to another computer.


In Standard Mode you get all the Simplified features of course, plus the ability to sort and filter your dance list - by name, rhythm, choreographer and phase. You can adjust some of the settings on the Play screen, you can keep a list of dances you want to refresh every now and then (so you don't forget them), and you can pack up a whole dance into one file (a Dance Module) to make it easy to copy the dance to another computer. Yours or a friend's.
(Click the buttons below for details.)

    Standard Features
  • When you Filter your dance list, you tell DJ to show you only dances that you are looking for. It can list only dances of a particular rhythm, a certain phase, or your favorite choreographer. Or a combination of those, such as phase 4 and 5 waltzes and foxtrots by Moore.
  • This lets you adjust things like the delay before DJ starts playing the music, how far to jump forward or back in a video when you are studying a figure, whether to restart the dance at the beginning of the file or after the introduction, and more.
  • You can add or edit your list of Rhythms. (In Advanced Mode there are lots more lists.)
  • We all know that if you learn a new dance and don't practice it every now and then, you'll forget it. (If not, then I'm very envious of you!) DJ can keep a list of dances you want to refresh, and keep track of when you last worked on each dance on the list. Of course the Refresh List is easy and convenient to use.
  • In DJ a "Dance" includes the all your audio and video recordings of that dance, plus all the information about that dance - the name, chorographer, rhythm, phase etc. - that you have entered. Sometimes you want to copy a whole Dance at once to another computer. Maybe from your desktop computer to the laptop on your dance floor. Or you may want to give a dance to a friend - or get one, for that matter. Dance Modules make that MUCH easier to do.


Advanced Mode includes all the bells and whistles. There are more ways to track, sort and filter your dance collection (Venues, Categories, Status). DJ can keep track of the Figures in your dances, and find dances that have the figure you're working on. DJ can also list the figures in each dance on the Details screen. It can even read cue sheets. In Advanced Mode you can keep your media files wherever you want on your computer - even in multiple folders. DJ will find them.

    Advanced Features
  • Using Venues, you can list the dances that were taught at ICBDA in 2014, or the NSRDC in 2016. Or whatever other venues you choose to define. You can assign dances to Categories (Christmas, Favorites, Demo dances, etc.), and dances can have a Status (To Be Learned, Needs Work, Got It, etc.). You can Filter and Sort your dances by any combination - of those. Plus Rhythm, Phase, and Coreographer of course.
  • DJ can keep track of the figures in each dance. It can list the Significant (at or above the phase level) figures on the Details page (so you can see at a glance what the challenges will be), and it can find dances that contain a specific figure (so you can practice the figure in different settings). DJ can even read (most) cue sheets, to make getting the figures in there MUCH easier.
  • You don't have to put all your music, video and cue sheet files into the DJ Dances folder. You can keep them wherever you want and DJ will still incorporate them into dances. So if you keep your audio and video files in different places, or organize them in folders by year or by venue or by whatever, DJ will treat them all as part of their respective dances.
    You can even keep your files (even your database) on one computer (like a sever) and access them from other computers in your home.