With students’ lives, schedules and summer plans already a mix of craziness, Northwestern adds its own spin on the end of the year with the annual spring dance.
“Dancing wildly in a ridiculous costume could be the best remedy for the stress of looming finals,” says the Student Activities Council, which will host NW’s annual “anti-formal” Lamrof dance, Friday, May 6.
“We like to have a dance in the spring. It’s kind of a stress reliever,” said SAC member Holly Stewart. “A lot of people, especially guys, don’t like to go to formal dances, and we want to include more students.”
Taking its name from a backward spelling of “formal,” Lamrof will have a street dance theme this year, inspired by an impromptu street dance that occurred during orientation week.
“Don’t dress up, dress the part,” Stewart said. “The baggier the better, and you’ve got to have the bling.”
For students whose closets contain only properly fitting clothes and modest jewelry, Stewart recommends hitting the thrift stores to find costume pieces.
“Just make sure you can dance in your costume,” said junior Sarah Bartz. “Wearing white is a lot of fun because it glows under the black lights.”
Bartz, who has attended Lamrof before, said students who are unable to find costumes can still attend Lamrof without feeling out of place.
“If you want to just wear jeans and a t-shirt, it’s totally fine,” she said.
Bartz, however, plans on wearing her “gangsta pants.”
“I like wearing a costume instead of a dress because I can have dance-offs,” she said.
With a wide variety of music expected, students may find themselves dancing to some surprising tunes.
“Lamrof has always had fun songs. Everything from Disney sing-alongs to songs people normally dance to,” Stewart said.
Lamrof will be held Friday, May 6, from 9:30 to midnight at the parking lot outside the Bultman Center. Admission is free.