Students Steering Clear of DancesTuesday, May 12, 2009 By Erin Dickson
Dances are usually an occurrence most high school students look forward too, right? For the students of Exeter-West Greenwich High School that does not appear to be the case. Sure the annual dances such as homecoming and prom are a hit, but everything in between seems to be lacking. A number of dances have been canceled due to lack of ticket sales and interest in general. This year even winter ball, an annual and usually popular dance was canceled. Although ticket prices for winter ball were somewhat expensive, the dance was lacking general student interest. Over the course of this year the two biggest dances have been homecoming and the back to school dance. Students crowd the gym and have a good time dancing with their friends. Attempts to have more class-run dances that will spark the same large attendance have failed. Most recently was the glow in the dark dance. The juniors came up with a really cool theme, but apparently that is not enough. The dance did get a better turn out than some other mid-year class run dances, but still not a large number of students. It comes down to a few possible reasons why people do not show up to these dances. One is class rivalry. Students from one class boycott a dance sponsored by another class, which can severely cut into the number dance attendees. Another main reason is lack of overall interest. Some students just choose not to go because they don’t feel like it. It is understandable that not everyone enjoys dancing, but if it supports your school, what could it hurt?