Acalanes Hosts First District Dance Since COVID-19

Senior Alex Wittlin, senior Marissa Castillo, junior Adriana Smith and senior Anna Dendinger making Mardi Gras masks.

Leadership and the Black Student Unions (BSU) of all the schools in the Acalanes Union High School District hosted a Quad City Dance at Acalanes on February 3 to kick off Black History Month. The theme was “A Night in New Orleans” and all funds raised from ticket sales went to all the BSUs in the district. There was food, games and a DJ present at the dance.

Historically, the Quad City Dance was a yearly fundraiser event. However, no current student from any of the schools in the district has been to one of these dances due to the Covid-19 restrictions from the previous years.

Freshman Isabelle Culinco says that “I thought it was pretty fun, it was cool to see people from other schools all together.” The DJ blasted song after song for everyone to dance to, mainly from Black artists. There was a mosh pit where students would jump and dance, occasionally stepping back into a ring where a few students would show off their dance moves for everyone else to see.

Freshman Lucy Kao said that she “had a really great time with one of [her] friends that goes to Acalanes,”
and that she enjoyed the theme: “it was such a good idea…the food was amazing and really top-notch.”

Inside the gym, students were able to get pictures taken by Acalanes Leadership students with a polaroid camera.

When students weren’t inside dancing or taking pictures, there was an outside area as well, where students could talk, grab refreshments, or decorate paper Mardi Gras masks. Students had the option of grabbing a donut, a Mardi Gras cake, a lemonade, or a water.

The dance was an inclusionary event where students had fun and got to interact with each other, an enthusiastic way to start off the month.

“They definitely did an awesome job executing the school dance dream,” said Kao.