DENVILLE, NJ -- Despite the COVID-19 pandemic putting everyone on lockdown, there’s still some fun going on in Denville Township.
On May 5, about 185 residents tuned in for the Cinco de Mayo Virtual Dance Party. The event was organized by DJ LeFave, from Denville Radio, who broadcasted dance music at https://www.mixcloud.com/live/denvilleradio/, in celebration of the Mexican holiday.
The dance party became a great venue for Denville residents to have fun, spending time with friends and family on live chat and Zoom, sending in song requests and interacting in some way. Not to mention, party participants ordered out to all the Mexican restaurants in town, including Riviera Maya, Chico’s Mexican Grill, Moe’s Southwest Grill, El Mejicano Tex-Mex and Qdoba.
DJ LeFave had previously hosted other events online for the township community, such as a virtual open mic night for students at Valleyview Middle School. During the night, he performed his own techno remixes of artists like Eminem, Britney Spears, Flo Rida and Linkin Park.
“Being able to entertain people during these tough times was an incredible experience,” said DJ LeFave.
“I received so much positive feedback from the Virtual Cinco de Mayo Dance Party, and I am just so glad I was able to share something like this with so many people. It doesn’t compare at all with actually performing in front of a live audience, but it was still awesome bringing the fun times straight to people’s living rooms.”
“All in all, the event went great, and I would be down to perform again. Mixcloud’s new Live platform is great for DJs during this time because it provides the only means to legally stream music while being in compliance with all of the copyright laws. I encourage folks to subscribe to Denville Radio’s profile on Mixcloud so they can take part in the online chat feature whenever we stream live again. I want to thank everyone who tuned in and hope that just for a few moments things felt normal again.”
Several Denville residents, such as Charlene Scott, indeed felt like things were normal for a few moments. Scott and her husband Dan, and their sons Brennan (11) and Caiden (10), enjoyed a nice dinner of restaurant-delivered tacos as they played the music of DJ LeFave in the background. After the meal, the Scott family even danced for a few numbers.
“Everybody enjoyed this virtual dance party,” said Scott, who works as a teacher’s aid at Valleyview Middle School.
“I got my 11-year-old to dance with me, and we were on the Zoom portion and got to see some familiar faces. It is so great that our town is trying to find ways to still be connected, despite having to be in our own little bubbles. Denville has also done a great job letting everyone know which businesses are still open and not.”
The virtual dance party was also an opportunity to spread the word and support Denville Strong, a GoFundMe campaign that raises funds for local health care workers and first responders. Participants purchased Denville Radio merchandise through Class Act Embroidery, with 100 percent of the proceeds from the purchase of Denville Strong t-shirts being donated to the campaign. Denville Strong has currently raised about $36,000.
The Peer Home Selling Team, from Mountain Lakes, was a sponsor of the virtual dance party, along with Chico’s Mexican Grill.
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