Dance attendance too “Snowlow”

why does the annual tolo dance feel so empty?

Nathan Hagen, Staff

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The annual dance, “Tolo”, is unique because the girls are supposed to ask the boys. But unlike Prom and Homecoming, Tolo is not nearly as popular with our students.

So, why is this? Is it the lower budget, the venue, or the whole idea of the event that scares students away? I asked some very opinionated students what their opinions were on the upcoming “Snowlo” dance.

When I first heard the name “Snowlo”, I was already put off by the name. But I wondered why other students didn’t regard the dance as an important one. So, some Tahoma students gave their opinion on the event. Sophomore Dominik Jasinskas described it as a “waste of money” and “dumb.”

Junior Jeffery Parker was put off by the name. “It just doesn’t sound right”, he said.

Sophomore Brooke Bradberry states that the dance “might be for some people, but it isn’t for me.”

But the most interesting answer I got from all three students was that not only were they not going to the dance, but they didn’t know a single student who would be attending. But if the question was about Homecoming instead of Snowlo, I think I would have gotten some different answers.

According to a recent poll on Instagram, Tahoma students had many reasons not to attend the dance. The most popular response by far was that it seemed boring compared to other dances. Another response was that students felt like they couldn’t go because it was scheduled the Saturday before finals week. If the school had made the dance after finals, more students would have likely gone.

While Snowlo isn’t going to be this years most popular dance, Tahoma could incentivise more students to go by listening to their wants. Jasinskas, Bradberry, and Parker all claimed they might go to the dance if there was free food included with the ticket.

Users from the Instagram poll said that they dislike the Lake Wilderness venue and that school dances are too regulated. Even though I don’t think that the school would ease up on their rules, a venue change could change students opinions on the dance. Also, if the dance was happening after finals, students won’t have to make the hard decision to either go to the dance or study.

Snowlo isn’t popular with our students. But with a few changes, it might become as popular as our other dances. If the school were to listen to our students, the dance might be one of the most popular ones.