Tie Dye Dance: First Spring Term Dance Receives Mixed Reviews from Students

Drew Nelson ’24 and Josie O’Rourke ’24 embrace for a photo donning their tie-dye shirts.

Saturday’s Tie Dye Dance, hosted by the Student Activities office in Paresky Commons’ Lower Right, marked the first dance of spring term. Students reflected both on the tie dye theme and the overall experience of the dance with mixed reviews.

Attendee Maty Bah ’26 appreciated that the event was precluded by a t-shirt tie-dying event on Friday evening, which gave students the opportunity to dress on-theme.

“The theme was cool because there was a chance to make tie dye the day before, and so that was a fun add on, or intro to the dance… I think it was planned out really well, the music was good,” said Bah.

Similarly, Margot Furman ’25 commented on the environment of the dance, adding that it was a change of pace from previous campus dances.

“I liked how casual the dance was, and how informal it felt. It was nice to be in a kind of relaxed environment… [and] have a different event to go to on the Weekender. The best part of the dance though was making the tie-dye shirts the day before,” said Furman. However, she expressed that she “wish[ed] there were more people that went.”

Other students commented on the DJ and music choice as areas for improvement for future dances. Will Ware ’26 noted that while he did not like the DJ’s choice of music, the less-crowded nature of the dance allowed him to have more fun.

“I think that it was kind of fun just being able to dance with your friends, and not have to be super crazy. It was not very crowded. It was just fun to kind of dance without having a ton of people there,” said Ware. “The DJ was not amazing, but I think Matteo [Horvat ’25] played the music for a little while, and that was fun. I just thought it was fun to be able to go, and [to] have random dances like that.”

Another attendee, Elliot Chung ’24, shared how the dance could have improved. He feels giving students an opportunity to offer their input into weekend events may attract more people to the activities.

“I think honestly, giving students a bigger voice in these dances [would help]. Like, some of the best dances that we have had have been run and operated by students, so I think they have a better idea of what’s good.” Referencing Horvat’s music-playing during the event, Chung added, “I think letting Matteo Horvat DJ is probably a good call.”