Back to School Dance a Fun Night for the Few Who Attended
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The Westerly High School gymnasium transformed into a party on Saturday, September 16th for three exciting hours with the first school dance of the year.
The back to school dance was sponsored as a fundraiser by the Class of 2017, but a smaller than usual crowd participated due to competing events and wary freshmen.
The annual FallFest carnival in Misquamicut, held from Friday night to Sunday evening, impacted the dance turnout. In addition, a number of freshmen chose to sit out this first dance. Nevertheless, approximately 260 tickets were sold, according to Class of 2017 Advisor Ms. Petrofes.
The dance began with students talking together in small groups in the darkened gym. They mingled more as the lighting changed and the dance got underway. The gym was not decorated; it was adorned only with the colored lights from the D.J..
As the dance proceeded, most students gravitated close to the D.J., forming a large and crowded dance group. Students danced in different styles, as in past years, and seemed to have fun.
Some students danced away from the main group, and other students sat on the side, talking and watching.
The D.J. played music from several different decades, but most of it fell into the rap and hip hop genres. No slow-dance songs were played, and there were no pop songs, drawing mixed reactions from the students.
Sophomore Lisa Yuen said she would have preferred “more popular, common songs,” and less rap/hip hop.
Sophomore Antonio Laboy said he would also like to hear “better music” at the next school dance.
According to another sophomore, Marissa Sherry, the song list should have shown more “diversity” of genres.
On the other side, freshman Santino Vernieri and sophomore Hunter Kennedy enjoyed the music selection.
Freshman Nyla Gill-Cerda commented, “The music was fantastic, but I think more lighting and some decorations would make it even better.”
Songs played by the D.J. included: “Hotline Bling,” by Drake, “Crank That,” by Soulja Boy, “Come Get Her,” by Rae Sremmurd, “Hit the Quan,” by iLoveMemphis, “Watch Me,” by Silento, and “Low,” by Flo Rida.
In terms of fashion, a large number of girls wore short, black, bodycon dresses. Shorts and rompers with wedged shoes were also popular. Most boys wore polo shirts or tee shirts with khaki pants, shorts, or jeans.
As far as refreshments go, students could purchase bottles of water for $1, and there were trays of cookies and brownies for sale.
When asked how the dance could be improved for upcoming years, several students said that free food and drinks should be offered, or maybe a greater variety of snacks offered for purchase.
With many more dances on the horizon, students who missed out on this one can look forward to another opportunity.