TWIRP dance rocks LTHS
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Lockport’s annual TWIRP dance occurred over the weekend on Saturday, February 18, from 7 to 10 pm at East Campus Field House, and it was a huge success and a huge blast.
TWIRP is a Sadie Hawkins Dance, which means the women are the ones who are asking the guys to be their dates, something reflected in the name. TWIRP is an acronym standing for The Woman Is Required to Pay. Regardless, all students, single or not, could go and enjoy the dance.
School dances like TWIRP are planned out by the LTHS student government, led by staff members Courtney Oxley-Turner and Ryan Visser. They didn’t just plan out the dance but the entire week before TWIRP by establishing a theme for each day as well as corresponding music to be played over the intercom every day. The themes were:
Monday – Cubs vs. White Sox
Tuesday – Groutfit (all gray attire)
Wednesday – Favorite Character
Thursday – USA Pride
Friday – Porter Pride
This year’s stage setup deviated significantly from previous LTHS dances as it was more of a festival than a dance. It was the largest in LTHS history and included a number of activities such as life-sized games of chess and Jenga, Mario Kart Wii, and also the Meltdown, a carnival-like attraction where students had to jump over and duck under a rotating bar. BOOM also set up a merchandise stand where students could buy apparel. Because of these attractions, LTHS, for the first time, was one of several stops on BOOM’s WinterFest tour.
The main attraction was of course the music and there were two sections for that. One was manned by a student DJ and his music could only be heard through wireless headphones. The main stage was manned by a professional DJ. There were several that night, including BOOM’s Dan the Man and even DJ Marquee, the DJ for the Chicago Bulls. The music from here could be heard throughout the entire fieldhouse. That part of the dance gained the most attention from students and it was easily the most festive. BOOM passed out their foam glow sticks and, on multiple occasions, they blew off a storm of confetti. Once the dance ended and the dance floor cleared, the confetti was revealed to have completely covered the floor.