By Olivia Fries-Farr ’19 and Chechi Amah ’21
On Saturday, Sept. 9, Immaculate Heart High School hosted its annual Welcome Dance, 2.Glow – A Blacklight Dance. Everyone dressed in white clothing so that they could glow in the dark. Judging by its glowing reviews, the dance was an overall success!
The line to enter the dance started around 6:45 pm and the dance was set to begin at 7:30 pm. The Associated Student Body did an amazing job reaching out through social media such as Instagram and Facebook in order to invite boys from the following schools: Loyola, Saint Francis, Crespi, Don Bosco Tech, Cathedral High School, and much more!
This year, the dance was filled with over 500 students – more than in years past. Said ASB President Mia Speier, “It was amazing that we were able to surpass last year’s numbers. We were really pleased!”
Freshmen Kayleen Zepeda and Victoria Ramos both enjoyed the event. “[The Dance] was very fun and a definite bonding experience,” they said. Junior Jade Escobar shared how she “liked dancing with [her] friends!”
The DJ incorporated selections of songs that the students had voted for earlier in the week. ASB sent out a Google survey in order to gain a better understanding of what music the students preferred to be played. The music blasted all throughout the night over an incredible surround sound system. However, during the dance, attendees became annoyed with the DJ’s mashups which interrupted the dance flow a few times.
Sophomore Evan Young especially liked “the retro music” which included such classics as “September” by Earth, Wind, and Fire and “Come On Eileen” by Dexy’s Midnight Runners. These songs and others prompted groups of students to form together in circles on the dance floor.
And while the outcome of the dance was an experience within itself, the setup was also very exciting for Speier and other ASB officers. “My favorite part was setting up for the dance and waiting in anticipation as the crowds were growing!” said Speier. “Also, I loved the Dippin’ Dots that we sold!”
Sophomore Samantha Valencia echoed that sentiment. Her favorite part of the dance? “Dippin’ Dots!””
Finally, near the end of the dance, students, as per tradition, gathered in a large circle to hold hands and mosh to the hit song “Since U Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson. And to end the night, Immaculate Heart students sang the traditional alma mater.
Those students who could not make the dance missed a night filled with non-stop dancing and an opportunity to meet new people. Many that were strangers at the beginning became friends.
“It was so fun,” freshman Josephina Kim said of the event. Junior Marbella Trujillo added, “It was such an amazing night. I was able to make most of the night really fun with my friends. Can’t wait for next year!”