Students dance the decades

January 22, 2011 — by Kim Tsai

As a freshman, ASB president David Mandell planned Spring Swing back in 2008, hoping to spread his appreciation for old music with his peers. Now as a senior, Mandell hopes to do it all once again through this year’s “Decades Dance.”

The “Decades Dance” is currently being planned for Feb. 4 by the Leadership class, with the help of the Dance Commission and ASB.

“My freshman year—I hate to say it—but I was planning a Spring Swing dance and that didn’t work out so well,” said Mandell. “So I was talking to Mrs. Hyde about that and how it would be fun if we could get everyone to come.”

Hyde talked to Mandell about the possibility a different dance, themed according to various decades of the 20th century. Once other students on ASB and Leadership agreed with this new idea, the Leadership class started officially planning it in December along with the help of the Dance Commission.

“When people brought up the idea of having another dance this year, we started planning the Decades Dance because we didn’t want to do a Valentine’s Day dance,” said ASB secretary Pamela Lee.

Going along with the theme, each class will be assigned a decade to dress up to. Seniors are assigned the ‘80s-’90s; juniors, ‘60s-’70s; sophomores, ‘40s-’50s; and freshmen have ‘20s-’30s.

Music played at the dance will incorporate both popular music from today along with classic hits.

“I think it would fun to incorporate it so people just don’t lose sight of what music was,” Mandell said.

Leadership and ASB students are confident they will be able to pull it off. Mandell said he’s expecting many students to come.

Also underway is a related spirit day on the day of the dance. Leadership is still planning it, but students will be encouraged to dress up to their assigned decade at school.

Mandell hopes that the event is successful enough so the school will bring it back next year.

“I think it’s a great event. I’m all for it. It’s a great way to get students to get more motivated about school,” said senior Jae Lee. “It’s a great way to take the focus off the academics, the numbers, the whatever. I mean, we come to school for something—or else we’d just be home-schooled.”

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