Homecoming dances provide something for everyone


Go crazy with neon or waltz under the stars this weekend in one of Homecoming’s more fun traditions — the dances.

This year’s Homecoming theme, “Hold High the Torch,” is being tied into each of the four Homecoming dances. Each encompasses a “light” theme but that is where most of the similarities end.

[media-credit name=”Photo courtesy of BYU Alumni Association” align=”alignleft” width=”300″][/media-credit]Two casual dances will be held Friday — “In the Strobe Light” in the Wilkinson Ballroom and “In the Firelight” at Studio 600 in downtown Provo. Both dances will start at 8:30 p.m. There will also be a semi-formal dance that night at 8 titled “In the Spotlight”  at Scenic View Academy, 5455 Heritage School Drive. A formal dance, called “In the Starlight,”  will take place Saturday at 8 p.m. at The Manor at Riverwoods.

Logan Mann, BYUSA activities coordinator, said four dances are provided to ensure there is something that appeals to each student. For instance, “In the Firelight” will provide an adventurous, “Indiana Jones”-style atmosphere. “In the Spotlight” will have more of an old Hollywood feel, with a red carpet and a live orchestra performing swing numbers.

“Each dance is unique and should provide something for everyone,” Mann said. “We tried to plan something that can encompass the whole student body.”

Despite the attitude among some that Homecoming dances are “just for freshmen,” BYUSA assures there is something for everyone. Samantha Crane, BYUSA vice president of activities, said the off-campus venues and different themes provide an opportunity for anyone who wants to dance.

“Each dance appeals to different audiences and different interests,” Crane said. “There should be at least one dance that any student can feel they can go to.”

Student volunteers have been working since summer term to make sure the dances come to life. Each dance will provide refreshments, a photographer and other activities pertaining to its particular theme.

“Our students have worked hard to make sure that everyone can feel the spirit of Homecoming,” Mann said.

Tickets range from $6-30 and are on sale at the Information Desk in the Wilkinson Student Center.

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