Onyx Hosts its First Black History Month Dance
by The Milton Measure on Friday, March 8th, 2013
Two weeks ago, Onyx hosted its first Black History Month Dance, a new venture that is distinct from the more well-known Onyx Dance. Unfortunately, the dance fell on the same day many teams played Nobles, so the turnout was not as great as expected. Nevertheless, the crowd enjoyed the event, conversing and dancing to the music all night.
The music selected for the dance was different from that in most Milton Academy dances. In contrast to the typical Milton dance where artists like Ke$ha and Rihanna make up the majority of the playlist, the Black History Month Dance chose music that had a much more urban, Caribbean, and reggae feel to it. A distinct musical change was the Onyx Board’s goal, and the DJ, Jason Mercer (I), clearly carried out that aim with his playlist selection.
Titi Odedele (II) had to say: “This dance was also very different and more student driven I think. I really liked that [members of Onyx and other students] were allowed to suggest songs.” Allowing students to have a say in what music they wanted to hear before the dance itself was another idea the Onyx Board decided to execute. Allowing for student input and for everyone’s opinion to be heard made the dance more enjoyable for all those who attended, seeing as how everyone would have some music he liked.
As a member of the Onyx Board and someone who was involved in planning the dance, I can say that we planned the dance for the same date as Noble’s Day in hopes that there would be a larger turn out due to a large number of fans being on campus in the evening, but this plan sadly seems not to have worked. When Faith Pang (III) was asked whether she enjoyed the dance, she responded, “YES! I did very much. But I think since it was after the game, many people didn’t come.” Lisandra Lao (III) had similar thoughts, noting that “after the Nobles games, everyone was tired and went back home except for some boarders.” Titi added that, despite the smaller crowd, she “still saw a lot of people [who] seemed to be really enjoying themselves.”
As this was the inaugural Black History Month Dance, the Onyx Board was unsure of how successful it would be. When Titi, Faith, and Lisandra were asked whether they thought the dance should be done again, they all had uniformly positive reactions. “I think so. The people that went had a lot of fun!” said Titi. “Although the turnout wasn’t large, I think the people that did not go really missed out on having a great time at a dance that isn’t too common here at Milton Academy.”
Faith adds, “yes, absolutely it should be done again. The music was great, very different from the usual Milton dance music, and I really enjoyed myself!” All in all, this dance was meant to be an outlet and a sort of celebration after a day of hard work at games. The positive response of those who made it suggests that this dance is sure to become a successful annual event.
Short URL: http://miltonmeasure.org/?p=4677