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The Washington College Annual Blitz Ball

  • Students and faculty smile as they dance
    Students and faculty smile as they dance
    Kathryn Bedard
  • Professor Thuecks helps students with their swing dancing
    Professor Thuecks helps students with their swing dancing
    Kathryn Bedard
  • Two students help each other get into the swing of things
    Two students help each other get into the swing of things
    Kathryn Bedard
  • Students attempt to incorporate a twist into their dancing
    Students attempt to incorporate a twist into their dancing
    Kathryn Bedard
  • Students laugh as they get into the dance
    Students laugh as they get into the dance
    Kathryn Bedard
  • Above are some of the posters that decorated the Egg during the ball
    Above are some of the posters that decorated the Egg during the ball
    Kathryn Bedard
November 10, 2017
The Washington College Annual Blitz Ball was held by The Historical Society and Phi Alpha Theta as way to commemorate the air raids that took place over London during WWII.

British citizens would hold dances in air raid bunkers in order to distract themselves from the everyday tensions of the war, specifically the blitzkrieg attacks. For the dance, participants were encouraged to come in their best 1940’s style outfit. While at the ball, students learned and practiced different dance styles from the era.

Students were well versed in the dances. People seemed pretty enthusiastic about dancing in general, not too many breaks being taken to sit down.

Though there was a low turnout in general, the crowd had a good time overall. A lot of the dresses were gorgeous and inspired by the 40’s era showing that the students attending were very much into it. Lots of students helped each other learn moves, though most seemed to really know what they were doing.

The dance included some snacks that were authentic to the time period including honey cakes, ginger cakes, and honey icing to go on top. The cakes themselves were made of what would rationed ingredients, making them rather bitter. The icing therefore was used to sweeten up the cakes overall.

Nice decorations that fit the theme, this includes well known posters from the war era. Classic music from the times also was used (no dance remixes here) during the dance. Lot’s of laughing and smiles!

The Washington College Veterans Association also collected donations at the event.

“I came out to the event for two reasons. Firstly, because I attended last year and enjoyed it immensely. Secondly, I attended because I read that Professor Thuecks would be giving swing dancing lessons during the ball. Last semester my partner and I took a ballroom dancing class through the dance club and we were excited for the chance to get back on the floor. And of course Professor Thuecks is a great instructor!” Said Abagail Burnett, Class of 2020. 


Last modified on Feb. 7th at 4:17pm by Katie Bedard.