Dances. I'm sure plenty of events can come to mind at that single word, such as prom, homecoming or even St. A’s winter ball. It’s not a stretch to assume almost everyone has gone to a dance at least once in their life and whether you want to admit it or not, you enjoyed yourself. You don’t have to have the best date, most expensive dress, or the hottest moves on the dance floor, to have a really good time. It’s all about how to spend your time and with whom. On Saturday, February 15, the Meelia Center will be hosting their Special Need’s Valentine’s Day Dance that afternoon in upper Cushing.
Just like looking forward to your own prom or homecoming, our guests look forward to this dance every year. If you’ve never attended, ask anyone who’s been and they will assure you that by the end of the dance, guests are already talking about next years. People from all over the area drive to our campus for this one event.
On the day of the dance Upper Cushing is transformed; red, pink and white balloons cover the ceiling, paper chains decorate the door ways, and everywhere you look are hearts. The couches, chairs and tables are pushed back along the walls to make space for a large dance floor, but there never seems to be enough room for everyone. Students and guests flood the dance floor while a DJ in the corner plays your favorite songs. If the mere thought of Valentine’s Day makes you groan, trust me, you’re apparent hatred of this Hallmark holiday will disappear after this event. The thing about this dance that makes it stand out from all other Valentine’s Day activities is the real love you experience there. It’s not so much the romantic love, but the love that sprouts from compassion, from energy, from fun. There’s nothing quite like losing a dance battle to a ten year old or decorating sugar cookies with the most appreciative older woman. Everyone who attends can’t say enough how much fun they’re having. You can’t help but smile when you notice there are some people who haven’t left the dance floor all afternoon. There really is no other event on campus quite like this dance.
If dancing really isn’t your forte then I suggest heading to North Lounge that Saturday for the countless student-run activity tables. Car making, cookie decorating and snacks are will be there when it’s time for a little break.
The Special Need’s Valentine’s Day Dance has something for everyone; you just have to see for yourself. Students who attend this event every year always describe the guests as grateful, loving and caring. You don’t have to be like Beyoncé on the dance floor, or a lover of Valentine’s Day, in order to have fun. It’s all about sharing the moment with people who will appreciate it.