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Valencia High Students Swing into Valentine's Day

Posted: February 20, 2008 5:20 p.m.
Updated: April 22, 2008 5:02 a.m.
Lauren Weiss is a senior at Valencia High School.

Students and parents dressed up in swing attire learned how to swing dance and danced the night away to music provided by choir students and a hired band on Feb. 8 at Valencia High School.

The Valentine's Swing Dance was a fundraiser for the school's choral department.

Every year, Christine Enns, the choral director, brings her students together for this fundraiser. Tickets are $10, and that money helps choir members pay for upcoming trips and events. Their biggest motivation this year is for their trip to Italy, which will be held during the summer of 2009.

At the beginning of the dance, a lesson was provided to teach the crowd how to tear up the floor. School secretaries Robin Gonzalez and Barbara Schiern taught the students how to dance while a quick demonstration was given by students Lachlan McKinney and Lauren Weiss.

Many students performed at the Swing dance, including Sara Greenberg, Megan Charlton, Giuliana Pietrolungo, and Jeremy Friedman. Each student performed a song from the 1920s, 1930s, or 1940s, which helped set the mood of the dance.

"I just love that it is an old-fashioned dance, which is fun for a change because you always hear the traditional rap music and so it's nice to hear jazz music for a change, plus it is live music, which is really fun," said junior Lennon Hobson.

Not only did students attend, but many parents came as well. People both young and old got out onto the dance floor and had an amazing time.

The dance brought out a great crowd with more 400 attending and many staying for the entire evening.
When VHS students heard about the swing dance, they were a little skeptical of the theme. Most school dances consist mainly of pop or rap music with the typical freak dancing. This dance, however, was much more classic and really gave the students a new experience of a school dance.

"I wasn't too excited about attending the dance. In the beginning, the only reason I went was because it was mandatory for choir members such as I to arrive and be there," said freshman Steven Montenegro. "But soon after getting there, I couldn't stop enjoying it. Everyone was kind and friendly, and I learned how to swing dance."

"It's safe to say that I can and will attend next year's swing dance," Montenegro said.

The live big band turned out to be a great hit for the students. Live music, as opposed to the typical DJ, gave the dance a different mood and provided the students with a new atmosphere to enjoy.

The choir students were immensely pleased with the outcome of the dance. It had a huge turnout and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. Enns was also happy with the outcome of the dance.

Her Student Council members who helped put on the dance were equally excited with the outcome, and the whole night turned out wonderfully.

In the words of junior Paige Kensil, the dance was a "great success."


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