Swingin’ Through Time

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    Suzanne and Derek Thuecks, both faculty members at WC, show the undergrads how to swing.
    Kathryn Bedard ’20
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    Students do some practice steps.
    Kathryn Bedard ’20
December 04, 2017

Charity and fun went hand-in-hand at the annual Blitz Ball thrown by the History Society and Phi Alpha Theta.


The Washington College History Society and Phi Alpha Theta, the history honor society, hosted the annual Blitz Ball on the eve of Veterans Day, commemorating the veterans of both world wars.  

Madison Kaye ’19, the president of the History Society, explained the origin of the dance, which harkens back to London during World War II. “Blitz Balls were named for the Blitz, a German bombing offensive against Britain from 1940 to 1941, and served as a distraction from the war for the British people. We hold the Blitz Ball to commemorate those lost during WWII and all soldiers who have fought and continue to fight for our country.”

The event was held in the Egg, which was transformed into a dance floor where Professor Suzanne Thuecks, a lab instructor in biology who serves as Dance Club advisor, showed attendees how to swing dance. Thuecks, who has been dancing since childhood, took up swing dancing as an undergraduate at Lawrence University. As the students whirled around the floor, donations were accepted for the Washington College Veterans Association.

While Chestertown is a long way from London, the spirit of the 1940s echoed throughout the night. The intimate event was an opportunity for students to show off their best 1940s attire and dresses replaced sweatpants for an evening of formality. Kaye explained the dance as a “demonstration of living history,” which was evident in the careful decorations and eager participation of those who attended.

— Emily Holt ’19


Last modified on Dec. 5th at 4:35pm by Marcia Landskroener.