By this point, I assume you’re familiar with school dances. Let’s just stipulate that you’ve already been acquainted with the miasmic mix of sweat, poorly-censored top 20 hits, and snapbacks–and if your school is anything like mine, you’ve heard your peers talking about how lame these dances are. Well, your friends may make some compelling points, but here’s the truth: school dances aren’t lame. You are. Okay, okay, let me back this up a little bit.
From an objective standpoint, school dances seem like a nightmare. Standing in the corners of a humid, poorly-lit gymnasium doesn’t sound like fun, and honestly, it isn’t. Of course, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with not wanting to mosh and twerk for hours, and that’s fine. No matter what high school movies may tell you, no dance is the “be-all end-all” of high school, and there’s plenty of fun to be had relaxing and catching up on Netflix. But, if you really want to make the most out of school dances, you have to let your pride and self-conciousness go and make it fun.
From what I’ve experienced, the amount of fun you can have at a run-of-the-mill school dance is inversely proportional to how seriously you take yourself- in other words, goofing off with your friends is the easiest way to have a memorable evening. Now, I’m not saying you have to show up to every dance in a pompadour and start a conga line (that’d be pretty weird, wouldn’t it?), but this is your chance to “break character” and have fun! You can ironically pirouette like a ballet dancer, you can try to break-dance, you can flail like a wounded animal, and no one will care because they’ll be too busy worrying about themselves. In this sense, your peers’ narcissism is kind of liberating, isn’t it?
Now, just to address the elephant in the room- you can dance like Miley if you want (although your supervisors and chaperones probably won’t approve). And heck, if this all sounds like an unecessary headache, you can skip dances altogether. But dances really are an unique aspect of high school life- and furthermore, they often fund programs (prom, graduation trips, etc.) for your class. So, consider taking matters into your own hands and starting your own dance dance revolution. Instead of staying home or leaving the gym after five minutes, support your student body, move to terrible music with your friends, and have fun (and remember to hydrate). After all, dances really are one of the great levelers of high school life. There aren’t cliques on the dance floor–there’s just a bunch of awkward kids and the Cha Cha Slide blasting over the speakers (again, really?).
For more information on the minutae of school dances, check out Tisya Mavuram’s awesome article right here.