Under the Big Top

With a circus theme, fall dance was full of lions and tigers and bears oh my!

Kelly Nugent, Video Content Editor

The circus-themed fall dance was Sept. 9 in the gym. Open to St. Teresa’s Academy, Archbishop O’Hara High School and Rockhurst High School students as well as the student body, many sported themed costumes and some even had props. From clowns and jokers to giraffes and gymnasts, the whole circus was represented.

“I liked the variety of costumes and how original people were with what they were wearing,” freshman Mary Claire Dunagan said.

Student council, who arrived at the school early to set up, had numerous decorations to transform the gym and the New Grande Salle into a circus tent. One of the bigger decorations was an inflatable circus tent that hung from the gym ceiling.

“Decorating is fun for me,” junior Sarah Totta said. “It really gets me excited for the dance.”

Seniors sported their own theme, as is tradition. It was apparent from all the red devil horns and white halos that the senior theme was Angels and Devils.

The dance lasted two hours. As people slowly trickled out, seniors were reminded that this was their very last fall dance.

“I’ve been to every fall dance so it’s really weird that it’s my last one,” senior Katie Byers said. “It makes me definitely want to cherish my last year with such an amazing group of girls.”

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Sophomore Savannah Childress performs a handshake with a friend in the middle of the dance circle.

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Sophomores Gretta Allen and Lola Tebbe sing along to “Drag Me Down.”

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Senior Elsa Brundige rocks around in her devil costume, coordinating with the senior theme of Devils and Angels

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Showing off some moves, junior Chigozie Okuagu, breaks it down at the start of the dance.

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Juniors Anna O’Byrne and Melissa Hamilton display their circus themed makeup.

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Senior Clare Carey starts a dance battle with other students.

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Seniors Erin Quinn and Maria Arroyo bust a move to “Crazy in Love.”

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Sophomore Lohgann Wilson dances with an O’Hara sophomore Kennedy Pitts to “Party in the USA.”

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Seniors Maria Arroyo and Katie Byers enjoy their final Fall Dance together.

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Seniors Katie Byers, Ali Odermann, Maria Arroyo, Zoé Trouvé, Natalie Arreguin and Erin Quinn perform a can-can at the dance on Saturday night.

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