Once again I fell off the face of the planet for a month. I think my gravitational connection might be faulty. I have an appointment next week to have someone look at it. In the mean time, I have so much to tell you!
In particular, I want to share with you a little bit about Big Dance 2013. For those of you not familiar with the idea, Big Dance is a Stanford tradition for the spring quarter in which we dance from 9 pm to 6 am. It is Stanford’s only all night social dance. (Dance Marathon is a 24 hr event it’s true, but it isn’t strictly social dance).
Every year we have a theme, and this year, the theme was Avatar: The last Dance Bender. I really enjoyed this theme because I had lots of costuming options and I got to show off my leather bodice at Stanford, something I don’t get the chance to do often.
I must confess that I did not go all night exactly. I had to work from 9-3:30 on Saturday, and then had a 3 hour meeting from 4-7, so I had to get some sleep the night before. I just had to go though. Big Dance is a lot like the Viennese Ball. Once a year, and very special to me.
SO, I went to FNW to help teach from 7-9 pm on Friday, then went to sleep and turned up at Big Dance right around 3:30. Why did I do it such a strange way you might ask? Well the best part of the dance in my opinion is from about 3 am onward. People are tired, and therefore silly, and they’ve all danced with their friends, so they are more willing to dance with strangers. Big Dance is a great place to meet people. Good luck remembering them the next day though!
Here’s a picture of us lunatics that were still up and dancing at 6 am!
Entirely too many of us look mostly awake.
For those of you who have never been to Big Dance, it is a really varied event actually. We have a live band for several hours from 9-12ish, a whole bunch of performances, and couple of games throughout the night, a photo booth (i’m sure those pics will turn up eventually), and one very special dance. At about 5:30 am, with the first silvery light of dawn peaking through the high windows of Roble Gym, we organize ourselves in to sets for a mazurka quadrille called the Dawn Mazurka. This was only my 2nd year dancing it, despite this being my 5th all nighter dance.
Since we only dance it once a year, it is kind of amazing how many of us actually manage to do it right. Part of me wishes there were more all night dances, so we could do the Dawn Mazurka more often. Part of me realizes that a large part of what makes Big Dance special is that it is unique in the Stanford Dance community (and to my knowledge in the Bay Area, can anyone confirm/deny this?) in being the only all night dance. I wouldn’t want to cheapen it by adding another one.
If you ever have the chance to come to Big Dance, Do it. If you are ever asking yourself “should I stay all night?” Do it. And then come fountain hopping with us at 6:30 am afterwards! 😀
Check back tomorrow for a video from Big Dance!