Semi-formal highlights students fear of dancing

Josh Ryu, Nicholas Lee, Kelvin Lee, and Eric Kim join the dance and rock out to the music of 'Fade into Darkness' played by DJ Paul Nam.

Josh Ryu, Nicholas Lee, Kelvin Lee, and Eric Kim join the dance and rock out to the music of ‘Fade into Darkness’ played by DJ Paul Nam.

Jamie Kim, News Editor

While the thud of electronic music resonated from within the auditorium on Feb. 22, groups of students in collard white shirts and shimmering dresses sat at tables staring at the empty stage.

“The dance is like this awkward sort of thing where I am going with a date but I can’t dance with my date so nobody dances. We just eat through the night,” commented one individual wishing to remain anonymous. In addition, shouts from students were heard throughout the first few hours of the dance exclaiming “This is not dinner, it’s a dance!”

When asked why no one cares to dance, most students replied, “No one else is dancing,” “People are too shy to dance,” or “I will dance if my friend dances first,” implying that no one wanted to be the first person to set the act of dancing into motion.

Senior Harry Cho, and member of the SCA, said, “Maybe, it is the pressure. Maybe, the chairs are the problem. We are going to get rid of them.  But, one advice would be… Please leave your comfort zone!”

Sophomores, Rachel Kim, Wonjun Kim, and Kelvin Lee all agreed “Our grade is boring. Upper classes are dancing but our grade is just standing there”

The actual dancing started after an hour and thirty minutes. Unfortunately, it lasted only for 10 minutes. “When a whole group comes down [from the stage], the rest [of the students] follow” said Kris Park.

Lily Kim, a cheerleader, commented as she came down from the stage “This is not cheery at all.”

Toni Choi, sophomore also shared, “It is actually fun when everyone is up there on the stage dancing, but it gets awkward as soon as everyone leaves.”

The planning of the event took SCA more than eight weeks. SCA wanted to prepare an event where students could have fun and socialize with friends. Suin Park, president of SCA, advised the students to “Stop looking at each other and put their fears behind them, just dance.”winterballphotoshoot

As much as there were those who were not comfortable to be the first ones to dance, there were those who knew how to let themselves go. Around 8:30 p.m,  a group of boys soccer players showed up to the dance not fully aware of the dress code. In hope of the soccer players motivating the other students to dance,  the SCA allowed the dressed down students entrance as long as they paid for the ticket. This move which some referred to as “skillful” paid off.

Jeff Jung exclaimed, “The party started as soon as we came!”

One anonymous student mentioned, “Duckhwan Baek knows how to dance. He is the life of a party.”

When Duckhwan was asked how he felt about the dance, he shared “There are a lot of boys in the soccer team who know how to have fun.” From that point on and up to the end of the night students danced non-stop.

Some of the songs played throughout the night by DJ Paul Nam were dubstep and electronic club remixes such as: ‘Disque,’ ‘Domino,’ ‘Don’t You Worry Child,’ ‘Earthquakey People,’ and  ‘I Could be the One.’

The next dance to take place is Prom during the month of May. Over the years Prom has been tailored to help students better cope with their fear of dancing by creating a series of games, slideshow presentations, and activities for the students to take part in additionally to the option of dancing.


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