Dance parties or rave parties are gatherings in private houses, bars, nightclubs or community centres where the guests informally dance to dance music such as pop, disco, electronica, house, techno and trance. The music for dance parties is usually selected and played by a disk jockey (DJ) over a public address (PA) system or a powerful sound system of some kind. Conversation is not an integral part of these parties as those who attend express themselves through their dancing and by gesturing.
Dance parties are popular amongst teenagers, to the point that many dance parties are held specifically for teenagers in nightclubs or other locations, who in some countries are unable to attend such places alone due to local laws.
Some people who go to dance parties take illegal drugs such as MDMA ("Ecstasy") to evoke powerful emotions of unity and empathy, and as such, dance parties have at various times attracted media and police attention.