Formal Dinner Returns with Country Line Dancing [Photo Gallery]

Scene from the Country & Western Line dance following formal dinner on October 14, 2021. (Photos by Mr. Michael Aldridge)

Formal dinners have returned to Northwood with an excellent meal prepared by the kitchen staff that was followed by a Country & Western line dance. It was the first formal dinner since January 2020, when such events were discontinued due to the global pandemic. 

The formal was held on Thursday, October 14 and was a mandatory event for all students. The dress code was suit and tie for the boys and the appropriate equivalent for the girls. The event kicked off with an explanation of the menu from Mr. Adam Fischer from the kitchen staff. The menu consisted of salad, chicken, shrimp and grits, steak and more. Mr. Stephen Reed shared a reflection about making new friends before students were allowed to the buffet.

The evening continued with line dancing led by dance instructor Ms. Mandi Maiore the co-leader of Northwood’s dance program. Students learned line and square dancing techniques and concluded the evening by dancing to the popular song “Cotton Eye Joe.”

“It was great to see what different food the cooking staff can offer. I also enjoyed dressing in my formal clothes and dancing with my friends,” Kyumin Shin ’22 said.  

The school hopes to continue formal dinners throughout the year with one each month. Each formal will have a theme and often a related activity. The next formal dinner will be a Thanksgiving celebration to be held shortly before Thanksgiving break.

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