Greg and Jessica's ‘Grand’ Entrance - Bali Hai Wedding

Since I've been a working wedding DJ in San Diego (for nearly 15 years) there's one thing I have always wanted to do ... incorporate a choreographed dance routine as part of a wedding party grand entrance.

These dances are nothing new. In fact, I have been part of weddings where they have happened a few times. But it was generally an idea of the bride and groom, maybe they are dancers themselves and/or have been part of dance crews. And if their wedding party were also dancers, then it might have been their gift to the bride and groom. 

But on July 30, 2016, it was a DJ Kanoya original, thanks to my new intern, Nikki. She and five other friends put together a short piece, to the song the bride and groom - Jessica and Greg - wanted to enter to. They didn't let the fact that this downtempo reggae beat by the Collie Buddz deter them.

In fact they nailed it. And I can't wait to do more of these. Check it out!

Dancer Crew 

  • Nikki Abutin
  • Ben Larchet
  • Sam Moore
  • Selene Haro
  • Rolando Deleon
  • Isidro Pagdanganan

For more about the great wedding, check out the blog post. 

Five Dance Songs To Get You Pumped For Summer

The sounds of summer are often punctuated with fast beats and fast feet (on a dance floor). To listen, click on the Spotify playlist below, and subscribe to the DJ Kanoya 5 playlist.

Justin Kanoya is a wedding DJ based in San Diego. He has served as a DJ and host of more than 300 weddings over the past decade and is a recommended vendor at some of San Diego's finest wedding venues, including the Hotel del Coronado and the Lodge at Torrey Pines. 

Angela and Kristofer’s Dance Party - Hotel Del Coronado Wedding

A perfect Southern California late afternoon for a perfect Coronado wedding, right on the beach. 

Angela and Kris celebrated their wedding day at the always majestic Hotel Del Coronado in Coronado, California. They took full advantage of having a Southern California wedding with a ceremony right on the sands of Coronado Beach.

The evening continued with an oceanside cocktail hour and experience (literally … a dining room was created on the beach by event decorators Platinum Pro) and finally moving inside the hotel for a dance party to conclude the night.

Angela and Kris were great to work with. Congratulations!

The party got off to a fast start since each couple in their wedding party walked/danced out to their own song … the last of which was Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It.” And really, if you cannot get hyped up to that, then you don’t really need to be near a dance floor.

I provided DJ service, dance floor lighting and the slow motion video booth. The dance party included two bars, drinks and candy, to keep the guests filled with spirits and sugar.

After spending a considerable amount of time on the beach, the dance party inside was just two hours long. So it was a lot of quick hits so I could get in as much as I could.

Here’s their setlist:
Montell Jordan - This Is How We Do It
Usher - Yeah (Wedding Crasherz Break)
House of Pain - Old School Jump Off
Britney Spears, Iggy Azalea - Pretty Girls (Select Mix Remix)
George Clinton - Atomic Dog (Hot Classics Remix)
Kool & the Gang - Celebration
KC & The Sunshine Band - Boogie Shoes (Hot Classics Remix)
Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch - Good Vibrations (Select Mix Remix)
Whitney Houston - How Will I Know (Select Mix Remix)
Mariah Carey - Emotions (Select Mix Remix)
Boyz II Men - Motownphilly
Bell Biv Devoe - Poison
Eazy-E - We Want Eazy
Notorious B.I.G. - Hypnotize
Skee-Lo - I Wish (Select Mix Remix)
Next - Too Close
Backstreet Boys - I Want it That Way
Marvin Gaye - Sexual Healing
Silento - Watch Me
Chromeo - Jealous (I Ain't With It)
Aerosmith - Walk This Way
AC/DC - You Shook Me All Night Long (Short Edit)
Journey - Don't Stop Believin (Intro Clean)
Major Lazer & DJ Snake f./MO - Lean On
The Weeknd - Can't Feel My Face (Select Mix Remix)
Marcia Griffiths - Electric Boogie
Al Green - Let's Stay Together
Flo Rida f./Sage The Gemini - GDFR (Goin' Down For Real) (Promo Only Clean Edit)

Bouquet/Garters Toss
Jagged Edge - Where The Party At
V.I.C. - Wobble

Last Dance
OMI & Felix Jahen - Cheerleader (DjGogos Remix) (Clean)

Vendor Team:
DJ: Justin Kanoya, DJ Kanoya Productions
Venue: Hotel Del Coronado
Florals & Design: Platinum Pro
Wedding Coordinator: Emily Smiley Fine Weddings & Soirees
Photographer: The Youngrens
Slow Motion Video Booth: DJ Kanoya Productions

Other events hosted by DJ Kanoya Productions at the Hotel del Coronado