Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Let's Dance?

            Dances: the epitome of school sponsored social events you wish you never went to.  They can range from the boring, to the awkward, and on rare occasions to the moderately amusing.
            The makeup of a dance is always the same.  The underclassmen scatter around the outskirts of the dance floor.  Freshman boys can be found shooting a basketball, while sophomore guys complain to each other about how lame the dance is.  Meanwhile, the girls cling to their friends in groups of 3 or 4, dancing together in small circles.
            The segregated dynamic prevails until a few brave guys approach their female counterparts and ask them to dance; this step is pivotal in the development of the evening and often separates the mediocre dances from the lousy.  The key is for the gender barrier to be broken as early on in the dance as possible.  After this occurs, the door is open for the rest of their nervous peers to join in on the fun.
            For upperclassmen, the dance is a completely different story.  For juniors and seniors there are several keys to a successful dance experience.  First, people need to go.  If no one goes to the dance, then it simply will not be fun.  Upperclassmen provide the energy of the dance and without them dances will inevitably fail.  Second, there needs to be a good DJ.  No one, and I mean no one, wants to dance to shitty music.  Even if everything else goes right, a dance will always suck if the DJ is bad.
            Lastly, it is the duty of the seniors to bring life to the party.  If the seniors dance the night away, everyone else will follow suit.  No matter how bad the dance is it’s the seniors’ responsibility to make it fun for everyone.  Whether it’s by coming dressed in a theme, holding a dance-off, or requesting an awesome song, the seniors must set the tone for everyone else.
            So, for those of you in charge of planning homecoming, I implore you to keep these things in mind:

1.  More important than anything is a good DJ.
2.  Get people to come! If no one comes, the dance cannot and will not be fun.
3.  Have a theme-a good one.  Students (especially girls) love to dress up.
4.  Get the seniors on your side. Their leadership means everything.
5.  Provide refreshments.  Nothing fancy, but everyone enjoys a sip of soda or some chips throughout the night.

            Finally, if you’re going to a dance, be sure to come in with an open mind.  Sure, it’s more than likely that the DJ sucks, the theme is really dumb, or the girl you like isn’t coming.  But, the fact of the matter is that more than anything the dance depends on you.  Go crazy on the dance floor, be the life of the party.  A dance is only as good as you make it, so as long as you’re going, you might as well have some fun.

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