Trinity Hall Hosts Semi-Formal Dance Despite Challenges

By Kira Newbert, Features Editor

Anna B., Bella S., and Ally L. were happy to be back on the dance floor for the first time since their freshman year. (Photo by Eleanor O’Connor)

 Despite restrictions imposed by COVID-19 health protocols, the Community Life Council was able to make adjustments and host its first semi-formal dance since December 2019 the weekend of October 22. The semi-formal dance may have looked slightly different this year than in those prior, but it was still a great success. 

There were smiles all around as students excitedly attended the first semi-formal dance again since 2019. (Photo courtesy of Jill DiSeo)

Pre-pandemic, semi-formal took place in the beginning of December inside the Trinity Hall commons. By moving the date of the event to earlier in the year, it could take place outside while the temperature was still comfortable. The dance was held on the North Lawn, complete with a dance floor under a tent, which members of both Community Life Council and Core Council elaborately decorated with lights. Semi was split into two separate nights: Friday, October 22 for juniors and seniors, and Saturday, October 23 for freshmen and sophomores.

To accommodate the new setting, the dress code was made more casual than in years prior, as many girls opted to wear sneakers in lieu of heels or flats. Long-sleeved dresses proved to be a popular choice.

Just as in previous years, dates were permitted, and a DJ provided music that made the nearly three-hour long event a great experience for upperclassmen and underclassmen alike.

Both the freshmen and sophomore classes had the opportunity to experience their first Trinity Hall semi, since the event could not be held in 2020. 

Juniors Holly H., Ella G., Ella D., Victoria C., and Eileen B. pose for a photo while checking out the hot chocolate station and snacks. (Photo courtesy of Chloe Toole)

“It was a great place to hangout with my friends in a new setting aside from school and really made an impact on my freshman year,” freshman Gia Gennaro said.

Upperclassmen also found the night enjoyable. 

“Surrounded by my best friends my senior year, it was a semi I would never forget,” senior Sofia Paparella said. The success of this year’s semi-formal dance is a testament to the resilience and innovativeness of the Trinity Hall community. 

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