At 9 p.m. the night of Sept. 13, the J.C. Williams Center transformed into an extraterrestrial discotheque as students blasted off to the In His Image (IHI) Space Dance.
The well-attended event featured green streamers, balloons and lots of music. Students laughed as they tossed the green and silver balloons to one another and jammed to upbeat songs.
Joe Vernelle, junior and member of IHI, said that the dance doubled as a fundraiser for the household and as a way to “help (its) mission of spreading joy through action.”
Indeed, dancers shared a cosmic joy as they partied the night away. Students matched the space theme by wearing outfits featuring “Star Wars” characters or galaxy prints. Some guests even took it to the next level and cosplayed as interstellar characters and aliens.
The free, joyful atmosphere was great for under- and upper–classmen alike to dance and get wild to together. Vernelle said that one of the goals of the party was to show freshmen that “Crazy Dance isn’t (the only) dance to go to, to start (their) academic career here at Franciscan.”
The dance succeeded in making an impression on the freshmen. “The dance was quite enjoyable; the music was great, and the outfits were innovative,” said Samantha Kinslow, freshman.
Nate Lamansky, freshman, said, “It was my first experience at a household dance, and I will definitely be there next time.”
As the party-goers landed back on Earth, it was clear that the dance was an out-of-this-world hit.