A wide mix of music, munching on pizza and making new friends, students said, were all part of the Opening Social dance in the Aloha Center Ballroom on Friday, Mar. 10 hosted by BYU-Hawaii Student Events.
“There were definitely a lot more students here than the last dance and that made the environment a lot more fun,” said Aaron Pono Requilman, who was the deejay of the event.
While there was some room around the edges of the ballroom the dance floor was packed with students with very little room to maneuver around or through the mass of dancers.
The music played included remixes of popular pop and hip hop tunes. The playlist also included several Latin and Polynesian songs. Requilman even blended some oldies in with classics such as Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September” and Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.”
Julie Harms, a freshman from Arizona majoring in social work, said she enjoyed her first dance social at BYUH.
“It was really hot inside the room, but it was a lot of fun. I think it’s cool how everyone knows each other and how everyone is friendly. I danced with so many different people I didn’t know before tonight.”
Student Events employees provided the deejay and Dominoes pizza, but the jobs of admissions and cleanup were handled by the BYUH Tahitian Association.
“I think [the dance] turned out really well because people could be with their friends and because we all decided to come together to dance,” said Tahitian Association President Kahiau Tchan, a sophomore from Tahit double-majoring in TESOL and elementary education.
Tchan said her association presidency decided to volunteer because the Student Events team offered to give their club funds for association purposes.
The social was a success according to the deejay and those hosting the event, but Harms felt there was one area the events team could do better.
“As a freshman, I didn’t realize treats at BYUH meant pizza,” Harms said playfully. “I had already eaten dinner so I was hoping for more sweets, like cookies. It’s the only thing I would have changed.”