So you are thinking of having a barn dance!
Have you organised one before?
If you haven't then the following may be of use to you.
A barn dance is one of the only ways you can get everyone involved from the start. NO experience is needed to take part. Anyone from four to ninty four can join in. The only skill needed is being able to walk. All that is required is to be able to join hands in a line or a circle, link arms with another dancer, or join hands to make an arch. The rest is as easy as falling off a log.
You dance in couples and depending on the type of dance you can dance in groups from two couples, four couples, and upwards to include the whole floor. You could be dancing in lines, in coloumns, in squares or in circles,. It depends on which dance the caller calls.
The caller will walk everyone through the dance first so all the dancers know what the moves are. The caller will call out all the moves as you dance until the dancers can dance the dance on their own. A dance should last between 10 and 15 minutes including the walk through.
There is usually a short break between dances to allow dancers to socialise, get their breath back and a have a drink. An evenings dancing can be anything from two to four hours.
For me the object of a barn dance is to join in and have FUN.