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Students enjoy music, dancing and snacks in the transformed cafeteria. Photo from Cooper Dunning

Student Council Brings Back T.W.I.R.P. Dance

Despite challenges, the Student Council hopes the dance will become a spring staple.

By Mila Pucilowski

April 4, 2024

Doing something for the first time hardly ever goes quite as expected. There are always some problems bound to arise. 


For many years the T.W.I.R.P. dance, traditionally known as “The Woman Is Requested to Pay,” has been a fun and popular feature at Grimsley. 


After being discontinued since COVID, this year’s student council decided to bring it back as a spring dance targeted at underclassmen, who can’t attend prom. And their problem was, understandably, spreading the news to the more than 2,000 students at Grimsley.


Many students said they didn't go simply because they didn't know until the week of the dance.


Because there was very little advertisement until the last minute, many people already had plans or were unprepared. 


In retrospect, the Council could have done a better job “advertising it to underclassmen and, if we were to do it again, having more preparation on how to sell tickets,” said Sophomore Class President Cooper Dunning.


However, despite this, the 250-ticket quota was met. The dance took place in the Grimsley cafeteria with food and music. Many students said it was a great night to get together with friends.


“T.W.I.R.P was one of the best nights I've ever had!” said freshman student Zoe Thomas. “It was so much fun hanging out with my friends. I really enjoyed myself.” 


Though many students enjoyed the dance, they commented that the dance felt empty, with some students leaving after only an hour or so. 


“Obviously we would like a more well-attended one…there were comments while at the dance that it felt empty, but I think that we can equate that to the fact that the cafeteria is so big,” said Dunning. 


However, some of the students stayed the whole night until the dance ended, talking and laughing with friends and grabbing snacks on their way out the door. 


The faculty and Student Council haven't decided whether to continue T.W.I.R.P next year. 


“I think if we were to continue it in the following years,”said Freshman President Katie Lyles, “it would hopefully have more participation, and become something like a school trend.” 

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