A Love of Dancing was Obvious During the Valentine-Themed "Snowball Dance" at Bethel Middle School

Line dancing, raffles and prizes, a Mascot contest, snacks, great music, great friends....wow what a night!

There was non-stop dancing, laughter, socializing, and smiles at the Bethel Middle School "Snowball Dance" that took place on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Approximately 170 BMS students from the seventh and eighth grades attended the semi-formal Valentine's-Day-themed event. Girls wore fancy dresses, short and long, and boys dressed up too, some choosing to wear a suit and tie for the occasion. 

Circles quickly formed as students danced to the music in small groups, with arms up, clapping, and having a great time. Two BHS DJ's had the music volume at the max and special colored lighting added to the festive atmosphere. The majority of students danced to the beat of the music all night and the dance floor was always full.  

"What Makes You Beautiful" by One Direction, "Ho Hey" by The Lumineers, "The A Team" by Ed Sheeran, and "I Knew You Were Trouble" by Taylor Swift, were some of the popular songs played.  Music requests were accepted too and a request for the 1961 tune of "Twist and Shout" was surprising, but appreciated nonetheless, by the 12-14 year olds.
The most popular dances of the night were when students lined up in rows and performed dance moves in unison to songs such as "Cotton Eye Joe" by Rednex, "Cupid Shuffle" by Cupid, and "Jump On It" by the Sugar Hill Gang. Other lively dances were the well known "Gangnam Style" by Psy, which was a favorite of the boys. 

Raffles and a Mascot Contest kept the excitement going. The student body president Emily Johnson, a BMS eighth grader, announced the raffle winners who were presented with various prizes.  Later on students gathered close for the Mascot contest where eight boys volunteered to participate and each had to "strike a pose" and applause judged the winner.  Seventh grader Judah Murray won and was presented with the honor of wearing the BMS "Mr. Tiger" mascot outfit to cheer students on at future school gatherings, such as Pep Rallies and assemblies.

The event was sponsored by the BMS Student Government, said Debbie Tierney, BMS eighth grade Social Studies teacher, who was at the entrance table with Mary Jane Strasser, eighth grade language Arts teacher, selling tickets to anyone who did not purchase them ahead of time. Both teachers are also Student Government Advisers.  Tickets were $5.00 and refreshments were available.  "A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Cancer Organization," said Tierney.  

Mr. Derek Muharem, BMS Principal, and Assistant Principals Ms. Pamela Chapman and Mr. Bryan Watson were at the event, along with numerous BMS teachers, as chaperones.       

At 9:00 p.m. you could see parents peeking in the glass door as they waited to pick up their children, smiling as they saw how much fun students were having, students obviously not wanting the dance to end.

A perfect night of fun kept children safe and created lots of good memories for a night to remember.


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