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Headphone Dance Proves Disco Never Died

February 25, 2012 by admin

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By Mary Grace Garis     I can only really base my experiences with school dances from junior high. I was the raccoon-eyed goth kid in the corner of the cafeteria, and it really just highlighted the fact that I was uncool and didn’t listen to the right kind of music.     Though I continued being an alternative kid in high school, I sort of wanted to go to dress up and have punch and pie at a school shindig. Holmdel chose to deprive me of such an event. Then I developed a prom complex, but there are not enough pages in The Stall to go into that.

Something about that yearning took me to the Silent Disco Dance. What is a headphone disco, you may ask. Well, first of all, way to not read all the signs that were literally all over campus. Second of all, from my understanding it’s this new European thing that’s catching on, and may I just say, Bravo, Europe.
     You’re given a headset with a switch that alternates you between two music channels. The floor is thusly filled with students who are dancing out of sync, but everyone looks copacetic. The grinding is kept to a minimum (which I always appreciate since I don’t favor being mounted while dancing). There’s fun lighting going on, and it isn’t overbearing to the point where the room is a seizure factory.     Sometimes there’s singing, which is maybe the only downfall of a silent dance; unlike other dances, the music doesn’t drown everyone’s voices. Usually I don’t want to listen to other people sing Kesha unless I’m drunk. Still, small price to pay. And on the note of price, may I mention that this was delightfully free.      When I mentioned this fact later to my fellow students, they seemed absolutely baffled by such a concept. At the very least I feel like if you’re paying thousands of dollars on tuition, you might as well reap the benefits of free buffalo chicken and mini quiches.     Socially speaking, I’m not that different from my 13-year-old goth self. I wear too much lipstick. I’m half a decade behind in technology. I don’t know what a "Skillrex" is; if I had to guess, I’d say angry bug or Power Rangers villain. But dances like this convey the right attitude.      It doesn’t make you feel like a freak, it lets you be comfortable. You choose to break it down or sit down. You choose to listen to one station, the other station, no station, your iPod, or three dudes talk furiously about the Legend of Zelda. You choose root beer or sprite. It is the beauty higher education offers: you can just be.    So yes, you can dance if you want to. You can leave your friends behind. And if your friends don’t dance…that’s OK, too. But what have you got to lose? 

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