The annual DISC dances are a rite of passage for City and Country School students. The XIs, XIIs, and XIIIs participate in these dances, where they hopefully have the chance to socialize and dance with students from other private schools in the city. The XIIIs students have mixed feelings about these dances. Some students enjoy the anticipation and excitement of the event, while others find it boring and report that no one dances or interacts with students from other schools. There have also been many complaints over the years about the music, refreshments, and social drama at several dances.
C&C students attend their first dance in the XIs. The current XIIIs still remember their first dance, which was held at St. Luke’s gym before it was renovated. Many students were unsure how to dress since this experience was new to them. Some people chose casual attire, like pants and a t-shirt, while others wore fancier clothing purchased specifically for this event. Out of all the dances, XIIIs students agree that the first one had the best food and beverages. However, there were some complaints. Since all of the students from each school would group together and socialize with each other, there was no socialization with kids from different schools.
“The food was good but the social aspect was lacking, a dance is a social event but we didn’t really do that.” said Willem Hale of the XIIIs.
Last year, when the current XIIIs were XIIs, the dance was held at LREI. Because the dance was held in a smaller room, it prompted interaction between students.
“At the [XIIs’] dance the gym was way too big. When the gym is smaller, it forces you to socialize,” said Gitana Savage, XIIIs. But students still seemed a little nervous to approach kids they have never met before. Chaperones handed out plastic rings that glowed when you clicked on them. The students misused them by throwing them around the gym. The attire was generally more casual than at the first dance, but C&C students opted for more laid-back fashion choices than students at other schools.
At the current XIIIs second dance in the XIIs, there was teenage drama that made the dance less enjoyable for some people. One student asked her friend to tell someone that she had a crush on him. The boy, however, did not reciprocate her feelings. This led to many C&C students feeling upset, even if they were not directly involved. At this age, there is no surprise that this sort of drama happens at a gathering like this.
“The dance was pretty fun at first but towards the end, it got very hectic because of the drama,” said Nathalie Robayo, XIIIs.
The third dance for the XIIIs was the most recent. On Friday, April 12th, as rain poured over the streets of New York, the students marched over from C&C to St. Luke’s for their final City and Country dance. This dance received a lot of mixed feedback.
C&C students did not like the refreshments, which included quinoa chips and lemonade, and thought the music choices were not the best.
“It was more like a social gathering than an actual dance,” said Hanna Kenyatta, XIIIs. There were other complaints such as the room was too big, the lighting was bad, there were very few people. LREI and Friends Seminary did not attend this dance, therefore, there was only a small amount of students there. St. Luke’s had renovated their gym, so it was more spacious. On the other side, some people liked the social aspect of this because they got to connect with people outside of the C&C community. The students have matured over the years and felt more comfortable talking to people they didn't know. One common interest that brought people together was high schools. There were students that were from different middle schools that were transferred to the same high school, so talking about the process was a way to get to know people.
The XIs had community Meeting before they had their first dance talking about what to do in certain scenarios.
“In the community discussion we had the whole situation talk,” said Evan Palmer, XIsD. The situations they talked about were social problems like students giving out numbers and people following each other. There were also mixed feelings about going because siblings of the XIs had told them about what it’s like. Overall, the dances throughout the years are a tradition and a way to mature as the students at C&C reach their final years at the school.