On Friday, January 9, Valencia High School (VHS)’s auditorium was filled with festiveness. The annual winter dance, held from 7 to 10 pm, provided an opportunity for Valencia students to spend time with their friends and build special memories to a soundtrack selected by DJ Pegleg.
Because the previous year’s winter dance was cancelled due to financial issues, this Winter Bash was particularly special. Many students gave positive responses when asked by JSR about the dance.
VHS senior Janine Kison told JSR, “It was a memorable dance. I think the hype for the dance made it more memorable since it was something to look forward to after winter break ended.”
Unlike many other high schools that host Winter Formals with dress codes, VHS’s dance was an “Informal” in which students could wear casual clothes in order to enjoy the party more comfortably. In this way, it was similar to the school’s other informal dances, called Morp dances, that are often held in celebration of new school years.
Kison said that she “liked how this dance was like Morp and how it was informal, [unlike] homecoming and prom.”
Hosted at the school auditorium, the dance provided a close and familiar location to the students. Winter-themed decorations also added to the fun.
Mikka Tupasi, another senior, stated, “The dance was decorated really nicely. It had giant polar bear statue and machines that shot out white mist. It was cool.”
After the dance, some students who did not attend showed signs of regret.
Zoha Jamal, a junior, said, “I didn’t get to go to the dance, but I wanted to go at first because I wanted to spend fun time with my friends. It seemed like an unique dance since it’s a Winter Informal. It looked really interesting.”
Over time, school dances have become important parts of high school students’ memories and have developed to be a part of high school culture. This unique dance, which provided a chance for the students to take a night off from their stressful school work and spend time with friends, increased the expectations for the upcoming Sadie Hawkins Dance.