By JEAN-MARIE BRALLEY
Franciscan University of Steubenville students gathered Feb. 7 to dance the night away at the Daughters of Divine Mercy household’s “British Invasion” dance held from 9 p.m. to midnight in the J.C. Williams center.
Daughters of Divine Mercy coordinator Ellie Riedel said that attendees of the dance were “encouraged to dress up or just to wear something very British.”
She also explained that the household wanted to have all the music at the dance be the work of British artists. But in attempting to create a playlist, they found that many British musicians’ music was too calm for a dance. Nevertheless, there was a majority of British artists. “But there are still some, some Yanks in there, if you will,” Riedel said.
According to the flyer for the dance, some of the bands included contemporary British band favorites such as Mumford and Sons and Coldplay. They also featured classic British bands like Queen and The Beatles, the latter of which came to the United States 50 years ago this month in the original British invasion of musical artists during the ’60s.
Franciscan student Josie Portz summed up her decision to attend the dance as well as her opinion of the music.
“I love anything British, and I love dancing, so it was a pretty easy decision to come tonight,” she said. “I like how they used not just one time period of music. I mean, it’s a little varied, which I like,” said Portz.
Some British figures represented at the dance included Sherlock and Winnie-the-Pooh characters as well as famous Brits, Princess Diana and Helena Bonham Carter. The British theme was also reflected in people’s T-shirts that displayed such emblems as the Union Jack flag or images and logos of bands like The Beatles or the Rolling Stones.
Riedel said that Daughters of Divine Mercy previously had hosted a masquerade dance. When the university took over the masquerade theme, it was a “long process” and a communal effort to arrive at the idea for a “British Invasion” dance. But co-coordinator Nicole Michell as well as Riedel’s household “little” were the two who really originated and urged the British theme, she said.
Monetary donations were being accepted at the dance and will be contributing to regular household expenses.