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Bloomington man to lead state fair dance party
For many a day at the Minnesota State Fair is a day to enjoy a few rides at the midway and consume too many deep fried foods served, conveniently, on a stick.
year. Alongside Dircz at the state fair will be Dustin Meyer, known as DJ Dudley D, and MC Ben Quam. The trio will combine sound, lights and two video screens to provide the atmosphere for three hours of entertainment during the fair.
The impetus of the dance party was to have an attraction for teenagers, according to Brienna Schuette, the marketing and communications manager for the fair. "The response was overwhelming," she said, noting that it attracted many families, as well. "We had a packed house."
Dircz, a 1998 Jefferson High School graduate, grew up favoring hip hop music, He purchased his first set of turntables as a college freshman. "I was drawn to the sound of scratching," he recalled.
From top 40 tunes to R classics, the open format of the dance party appealed to parents and grandparents as well as teens and pre teens who gathered at the stage, he said.
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"It was literally all ages," Dircz recalled last week. "This isn't just for kids, this is for everybody."
When Dircz and his company approached the fair last spring to suggest organizing a dance party, the fair was convinced that GenerationNOW had the credentials and capability to pull it off, according to Schuette. "Why not give it a try?"
by his stage name, DJ Mad Mardigan, is part of a trio that will lead the dance party during two nights of the fair.
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Nicholas Dircz of Bloomington peers out at the crowd gathered during the 2011 Minnesota State Fair during the dance party his company hosted. The success of the party earned Dircz an invitation back for two more dance parties this year. (Submitted photo).
Now Dircz, 32, is filling that void. His company, GenerationNOW Entertainment, Nike Vapormax Girls will be returning to the fair this year to host the FAIR Well To Summer Dance Party. Dircz, who is known in more than a few locations Nike Vapormax Grey On Feet
When his younger brother Elliot died in a car accident in late 2004, Dircz reflected upon how he wanted to spend the rest of his life, and determined that the insurance game was not where his passion was. Nine months after his brother's death he began working full time as a DJ. Among his regular gigs these days is DJing at Target Center in Minneapolis during Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx basketball games.
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manually manipulating vinyl records to create unique sounds and began competing against other DJs in competitions. He earned a college degree and began a career in the insurance industry, but never stopped perfecting his turntable skills.
The idea of a teen dance party was pitched by an advisory panel the fair had assembled some years ago. The panel has since dissolved, but the idea was not forgotten, Schuette said.
By all accounts, last year's Saturday night dance party was a huge success. The three hour sound and light extravaganza drew approximately 7,000 state fair attendees to Carousel Park, the area outside the grandstand.
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