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Dance Ratings

(Updated 2014-11; BallroomDJ version 1.28)

Dance ratings can be used as a filter in playlists to select only the better songs. They are also used to adjust how song selection is done.


The Edit Ratings selection in the Configure menu is used to create the dance ratings. By default, BallroomDJ comes with a list with four levels (Poor, Fair, Good, Great). This list can be changed to have as many levels as wanted. The text can also be changed (e.g. OK, Good, Great, Super). It is important that when changing the dance ratings that the worst rating stays at the top and the best rating at the bottom of the list.

There is also a special dance rating Unrated which applies to any song without a rating.

Playlist Management Window

Automatic and sequenced playlists can filter on the dance rating. Any songs rated worse than the Dance Rating selection will not be played. If Unrated OK? is set to yes, unrated songs will be played.

Automatic and sequence playlists will use the dance rating weights to select a song. If all the dance rating weights were identical, it would be the same as a completely random selection of songs. If one dance rating weight is twice another (e.g. Great : 20, Poor : 10), then the great songs will, on average, be played twice as often as the poor songs.