Dance of the Decades returns with disco fever

Ticket pre-sale begins Friday at 7:30 a.m.

By Brie Haro | January 30, 2020 4:47pm

This year's Dance of the Decades theme is disco. Pre-sale for tickets will be held on Friday, Jan. 31 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. in front of Franz Hall for 20% off the standard price.

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Get ready to get groovy and boogie on the dance floor at this year’s Dance of the Decades on Friday, Feb. 7. This year’s theme is all about disco, so dust off that pair of go-go boots or those bell-bottom pants you might have seen in the thrift store. While disco attire is encouraged, students are welcome to dress up in any decade they prefer. After all, everyone loves a good poodle skirt.  

The dance will be held at Pure Space once again and will be decorated with plenty of disco decor and all things “beautifully shiny,” according to senior Jillian Giorgio, Campus Program Board dance coordinator. 

Vintage and retro styled clothing is so in for this dance. Thrift stores and your parents' attic are great places to look for clothes.

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Presale for tickets will be held on Friday, Jan. 31 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. in front of Franz for 20% off the standard price. The first group of buyers will receive a limited edition Dance of the Decade sticker to go on their Hydroflasks, laptop cases, or notebooks.  

Official ticket sales will begin that following Monday on Feb. 3 in The Bauccio Commons from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and later from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Once students get to the ticket booth, they will need to have the CORQ app or event pass downloaded onto their smartphone and pay with either cash or card. Tickets for students will be $10. 

Giorgio explained that this year, CPB printed tickets in a different way than past years by using perforated tickets. Students should not tear this part of their ticket off or else they will not be allowed into the dance, and once students leave the venue they will not be allowed back in. It’s a similar system that any sports event or theatre production would use. It’s a way to ease Campus Safety’s stress of managing this event, all the while allowing students to keep the ticket as a memento for years to come.

While disco attire is encouraged, students are welcomed to dress up in any decade they prefer.

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Tickets for last semester's “Candyland” dance sold out in record time within the first two days of sales. While this dance will be held at a larger venue, CPB advises students to buy their tickets early to secure admittance into the disco.  

Transportation will be provided through a bus system that will pick up students at Buckley Center. Students should enter the building by the Learning Commons in room 163 to go through a screening process before loading onto the bus. For students taking a Lyft or Uber to the dance, there will also be a screening process at the venue. CPB highly advises students to take advantage of the bus system as it is free and there is no parking at the venue.  

Thrift stores are a great place to find inexpensive yet fashionable jewelry and accessories that fit the disco theme of the dance.

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At the dance, there will be appetizers as well as a cash bar for students that are 21 and older. Students who are of age should bring their government ID if they are thinking of buying a drink at the bar.  

“Dance of the Decades is a huge tradition at UP, and is some people’s most fondly remembered event,” Giorgio said of organizing this year‘s dance. 

Freshman Haley Pistole expressed her excitement about the theme of the dance saying, “My style overall is inspired by vintage in general, and the outfit I want to wear is by far one of my favorite thrifted pieces.”

This year, Saturday Night Fever might just have to be on a Friday as UP students will be out dancing the night away.  

Brienna Haro is a reporter for The Beacon. She can be reached at