We could hear each other talk at dinner but not once the dancing started. Dinner had quiet, soothing music (and as I said above, it was a small group and you made arrangements ahead of time for who was at your table) and then the dancing portion had music that was louder and, well, more danceable. Just as in a nightclub, no one was going to have a deep conversation on the dance floor, but people kind of danced in their friend groups anyway. And dinner and dancing were completely separate parts of the evening (though in the same room). The tables were still there during dancing in case you needed to set something there or sit down and rest, but there was no longer any food. It was something like dinner from 8-9 and dancing from 9-12.