By Cameron D’Amica, Staff Writer
The 25th Annual Snowball took place in the College Union Building Ballroom on Saturday, February 16th. The Buzz Jones Big Band, which has performed for the Gettysburg College Snowball since its inaugural year, started playing at 9:00 p.m. The swing dance started at 9 p.m. and lasted until 11:30 p.m. when a DJ took over until the end of the event. The theme this year was “Fly Away With Me.”
For the first two and a half hours, students mingled, took pictures, ate refreshments, and danced together, with both instructed and organized swing dance routines. Snowball, a tradition on campus since the ’90s, was full of energy and fun. Among the refreshments and activities were a chocolate fountain and a photo booth, laden with props for students to capture memories of the night.
Lolito Lindsey ’22 describes his reason for attending Snowball by saying, “It’s interesting to come to swing dance and learn new dance moves. It helps to be dancing around other people, so you’re less nervous.”
The large dance floor in the middle of the room was full of dancing students and decorated by the student-designed lanterns that led to the center of the ballroom, illuminating the space. The tradition of the lanterns decorated by the students of Gettysburg dates back several years. The lanterns represented several clubs and organizations from all across campus.
Ryan Houlihan ‘22 and Jordyn Markel ‘22 attended the dance together and gave insight into their motivation for attending Snowball. Markel explains, “I wanted to dress up and learn how to dance.” Similarly, Houlihan exclaimed, “We came to have a great time together at Snowball! It’s going to be great!”
Scores of students spent their time dancing the night away and learning new moves from their friends while enjoying good music, company, and refreshments.