While students spend approximately three hours in the Student Center for the annual Welcome Back Dance, the teachers outside of the cafeteria are working hard to distribute tickets, check ID’s and collaborate together to make sure that the dance runs smoothly.
“It is nice to see our coworkers, our new and old students, and sometimes to throw in a step or two when an awesome song comes up,” says Ms. Brittmarie Solís, Heritage Spanish teacher.
Besides the dance moves that students now do in their school dances, there are many other aspects to the dance that made the teachers’ dances in high school different than the Welcome Back Dance at Heritage.
“We didn’t have costumes at our dances,” says Mrs. Jami De Vries, Heritage English teacher. “I think that the costume element is super cool when the kids are creative about it.”
Over the years, the high school dance has evolved, including both the dancing and the music. Since De Vries went to high school in Texas, she reported that they did a lot of line dances, and “Cotton Eyed Joe” was a huge hit; whereas Solís’ Catholic all-girls school stuck mainly to Latin music and dance and was overseen by nuns.
“Compared to Mexico and Venezuela, the dances are very different. Compared to California and Colorado, I think it has just gotten ‘dirtier.’ Why can’t we look at each other anymore?” says Solís.
Students have their own observations about the dance.
“The Back to School Dance was a lot more interesting than a middle school dance, and my expectation was mostly the same from what happened at the dance,” says Sydney Prouse ’19.