HU hosts first-ever homecoming dance 8

By Jenneh Sheetz

Students dance during HU's first-ever homecoming swing dance. (Photo by Jenneh Sheetz)

Dan Heath and the Paradise Band kicked off homecoming weekend at HU’s homecoming swing dance. The local Fort Wayne band played jazz and pop standards from the 1920s to the 1970s.

While posters and flyers advertised the swing dance, what students may not have realized was announced at the beginning of the concert: the audience was “in the midst of history” because this was also the first official school-sponsored homecoming dance.

HU’s first school-sponsored dance was last spring after the Jr./Sr. Formal.

The front of Zurcher Auditorium was turned into a dance floor, but some students said they had trouble dancing in the crowded space.

Sophomore Johanna Caron suggested making the dance area bigger next year.

“They should add the area between the upper and lower sections, so there is room for more dancing,” Caron said.

While the music consisted mostly of traditional swing dances like “Daydream Believer” the selection ranged from the tango- like “Sway” to a waltz-like “Moon River.”

The fast-paced swing music was a far cry from the usual slow dancing typical of most homecoming dances. During the band’s rendition of “Sweet Caroline,” a small dance party even broke out.

Senior Ryan Schnurr and sophomore Anna Stong seemed to know more dance steps than other couples. Schnurr said they often go swing dancing at Fountain Square in Indianapolis.

No matter the experience level, students, professors, alumni and community members seemed to enjoy the dancing just as much as the concert.

“The music was great and so was the dancing,” said sophomore Tori Cohagan. “It was like nothing the school has done for its students before.”

Margaret Roush, head of alumni relations, planned the entire event, which honored Dr. G. Blair and Mrs. Chris Dowden for their 20 years of service to Huntington University.

Roush made the announcement after the concert and the audience was encouraged to sign a card and celebrate with refreshments in the lobby.

President and Mrs. Dowden were honored for 20 years of service to HU at the homecoming dance. (Photo by Jenneh Sheetz)

Mrs. Dowden said she considered the event a great success.

“It was great seeing the students and the folks dance, it was great,” she said.

8 thoughts on “HU hosts first-ever homecoming dance

  1. Reply Opey Smith Oct 16,2011 12:00 am

    Is it odd to anybody else that dancing was not allowed until recently? I mean, whats the big deal HU? You leave dorms unlocked and people break into the D.C., but you can’t dance?

  2. Reply Opey Smith Oct 21,2011 3:45 pm

    It’s not really odd to me that dancing wasn’t allowed on campus because now I understand that dancing used to associated with sex. I am also sorry about the accusing and negative tone I used when I made this comment. I now understand that this article was about a homecoming dance, not the dance policy of HU.

  3. Reply Opey Smith Oct 23,2011 9:32 am

    Wow, two Opey Smith’s at Huntington. This article does relate to the dancing policy. This was the first ever dance at HU and that was because the rules recently changed. Why has there not been any before? Because the HU policy did not allow it…so your seriously going to steal my name and try to make me sound like a bad person for this? Classy

  4. Reply Willis Barber Oct 23,2011 7:49 pm

    This was not the first dance at HU. The first dance sponsored by HU followed last year’s Jr/Sr Formal. It was planned by Student Senate and SAB.

  5. Reply Willis Barber Oct 23,2011 7:51 pm

    It even said that in the article.

  6. Reply Opey Smith Oct 23,2011 10:27 pm

    Willis Barber for president

  7. Reply Opey Smith Oct 25,2011 12:25 pm

    Will the real Opey Smith please stand up?

  8. Reply Opey Smith Oct 25,2011 7:43 pm

    I am here, have always been….

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